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Emily B. Ansell, Ph.D.

Emily B. Ansell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

503 Huntington Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focuses on understanding how stress related psychopathology impacts the individual and their relationships. I examine this through a mutli-method approach including smartphone based assessments, laboratory and ambulatory monitoring, and neuroscience approaches.  Current projects include investigating the effects of cannabis use in daily life, the effects of PTSD on relationships, and mechanisms of suicidality and treatment in borderline personality disorder.  For more information about my research, please visit my lab page (coming soon).

Selected Publications

Raposa, E.B., Laws, H.B., & Ansell, E.B.  Prosocial behavior mitigates the negative effects of stress in everyday life. Clinical Psychological Science. In press. 

Ansell, E.B., Wright, A.G.C., Markowitz, J.C., Sanislow, C.A., Hopwood, C.J., Zanarini, M.C., Pinto, A., Yen, S., McGlashan,T.H., Grilo, C.M. Personality disorder risk factors for suicide attempts over 10 years of follow-up. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. In press.

Creswell, K.G., Bachrach, R.L., Wright, A.G.C., Pinto, A., & Ansell, E.B. Predicting problematic alcohol use with the DSM-5 alternative model of personality pathology Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. In press

Ansell, E.B., Laws, H.B., Roche, M.J. & Sinha, R. (2015). Effects of marijuana use on impulsivity and hostility in daily life. Drug and Alcohol Dependence,148, 136-142. 

Seo, D., Tsou, K.A., Ansell, E.B., Potenza, M.N., & Sinha, R. (2014). Cumulative adversity sensitizes neural response to acute stress: Association with health symptoms. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 670-8. 

Hopwood, C.J., Wright, A.C.G., Ansell, E.B., & Pincus, A.L. (2013). The interpersonal core of  personality pathology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27, 270-295. 

Ansell, E.B., Rando, K. Tuit, K., Guarnaccia , J., Sinha, R. (2012). Cumulative Adversity and Smaller Gray Matter Volume in Medial Prefrontal, Anterior Cingulate and Insula Regions. Biological Psychiatry,72, 57-64. 

Ansell, E.B., Gu, P., Tuit, K., Sinha, R. (2012). Effects of cumulative stress and impulsivity on smoking status. Human Psychopharmacology, 27, 200-8 

Ansell, E.B., Grilo, C.M., White, M.A. (2012) Examining the interpersonal model of binge eating and loss of control over eating in women. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45, 43-50. 

Cain, N.M., Ansell, E.B., Wright A.G.C., Hopwood, C.J., Thomas, K.M., Pinto, A. Markowitz, J.C., Sanislow, C.A., Zanarini, M.C., Shea, M. T., Morey, L.C., McGlashan, T.H., Skodol, A.E., Grilo, C.M. (2012). Interpersonal pathoplasticity in the course of major depression. Journal of Clinical and Counsulting Psychology, 80, 78-86. 


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, (2005)
  • M.S., Villanova University, (1999)
  • B.S., Wake Forest University, (1997)