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Kirsten Gilbert, PhD

Current Position
Instructor in Psychiatry

Education and Training
BA: Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 2005
PhD: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2014
Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, 2014
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, 2015
NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Developmental Neuroscience and Child Psychopathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2015-2017

Major Awards
2014 Outstanding Clinician Award, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
2015 NIMH Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder
2017 Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Institute Training Consortium
2017-2022 NIMH K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award


Areas of Research Interests
Dr. Gilbert's research examines how 'too much self-control,' in the form of heightened performance monitoring and 'overcontrol' develop in young children. She is interested in elucidating when overcontrol may be adaptive versus when it may contribute to psychopathology (e.g., social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive presentations, anorexia) in young children and adolescents. Dr. Gilbert also studies the development of reward processing/positive emotional functioning and the role of parenting in overcontrolled phenotypes in children. Dr. Gilbert utilizes behavioral, EEG/ERP techniques, and parent-child observational data in her research.

Key Publications
Gilbert KE, Luking KR, Pagliaccio D, Luby JL, Barch DM, (2016 Nov). Dampening Positive Affect and Neural Reward Responding in Healthy Children: Implications for Affective Inflexibility. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 1-11.  Full Article ->

Gilbert K, Mineka S, Zinbarg RE, Craske MG, Adam EK, (2017 Jan). Emotion Regulation Regulates More than Emotion: Associations of Momentary Emotion Regulation with Diurnal Cortisol in Current and Past Depression and Anxiety. Clin Psychol Sci. 5(1): 37-51.  Full Article ->

Adam EK, Quinn ME, Tavernier R, McQuillan MT, Dahlke KA, Gilbert KE, (2017 Sep). Diurnal cortisol slopes and mental and physical health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 83: 25-41.  Full Article ->

Gilbert KE, Nolen-Hoeksema S, Gruber J, (2013 Nov). Positive emotion dysregulation across mood disorders: how amplifying versus dampening predicts emotional reactivity and illness course. Behav Res Ther. 51(11): 736-41.  Full Article ->

Gilbert KE, (2012 Aug). The neglected role of positive emotion in adolescent psychopathology. Clin Psychol Rev. 32(6): 467-81.  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
NIMH K23: Heightened Performance Monitoring and Overcontrol: Neural Markers and Caregiving Processes in Developmental Risk Trajectories