June 24, 2024
Jutta Joormann
Jutta Joormann

Jutta Joormann, who has done groundbreaking research on the identification of cognitive risk factors for depression and the role of emotion regulation in psychopathology, was recently appointed the Richard Ely Foundation Professor of Psychology, effective immediately.

She is a member of Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) in the Department of Psychology.

Joormann works in the area of clinical psychology. In her work, Joormann examines attention and memory processes in depression and how these are linked to rumination and emotion dysregulation. She integrates numerous measures, including cognitive tasks, psychophysiological measures of stress reactivity and regulation, eye tracking, neuroendocrine assessments, and brain imaging. In her more recent work, she examines familial risk for depression and anxiety by comparing adolescents with and without a family history of psychopathology on measures of cognition and emotion regulation. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in top journals in her fields, and she has contributed more than 30 book chapters to numerous edited volumes as well as published four books.

A faculty member at Yale since 2014, Joormann serves as chair of the Department of Psychology and director of the Affect and Regulation and Cognition Lab, whose primary research goal is to gain a better understanding of how basic cognitive processes and individual differences in emotion and mood regulation increase the risk for the onset of depression and anxiety disorders by examining people diagnosed with clinical disorders but also adolescents at high risk for developing clinical levels of anxiety and depression.

Joormann has also mentored dozens of graduate students and supervised numerous post-doctoral fellows. Her classes include seminars and lectures on cognition, emotion, and psychopathology including the introductory “Clinical Psychology” lecture for undergraduate students.

Her global contributions to her field have been extensive. She has given numerous conference keynotes and invited presentations at conferences and institutions around the world. In addition, she served as a member on various editorial boards including for Cognitive Therapy and Research and Clinical Psychological Science. For over 10 years she was an associate editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the flagship journal in the field of clinical psychology, and currently serves as associate editor for the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. Joormann also has served as president for the Society for Research in Psychopathology. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Joormann earned her Ph.D. at Freie Universität Berlin.

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