The Ohio State University

Lifespan Adjustment Project


The core mission of any great institution of higher learning, including The Ohio State University (currently ranked 12th in the world in Psychology based on data metrics), is to educate the next generation of young scientists and citizens. Our lab is continually recruiting talented graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research on psychological adjustment among children, adolescents, and adults—especially research aimed at understanding how neurobiological vulnerabilities (e.g., genes, brain function) interact with adversity (e.g., abuse, neighborhood violence, minority stress) to affect peoples' wellbeing (e.g., depression, criminality, substance use). In addition, current and past work has examined developmental trajectories of adverse outcomes among marginalized populations, including sexual minorities. Dr. Beauchaine regularly supervises undergraduate research volunteers, honors students, and graduate students, many of whom go on to productive careers in research and education themselves.

Graduate students in Psychology at Ohio State receive excellent training in psychopathology research among child, adolescent, and adult populations. They also have a wide range of clinical opportunities in our Psychological Services Center, and at Columbus area practicum sites including Nationwide Children's Hospital, which provides training in both pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology. Other training opportunities are available in both Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, among other Columbus area placements.

The lab values unique perspectives of individuals from underrepresented minority groups, broadly defined, and we encourage applications from students of all backgrounds and identities. If you are interested in applying for graduate school at Ohio State to work with Dr. Beauchaine, contact him at If you would like to know what it's like to be a graduate student in the lab, contact any member of our group by visiting the PEOPLE page of our website.  


Graduate students regularly publish their work, and present at national and international conferences

Recent/upcoming conference presentations by current and past graduate students and postdocs: 

Haines, N., Southward, M. W., Cheavens, J. S., Beauchaine, T. P., & Ahn, W.-Y. (2019). Computer-vision and machine learning can classify facial expressions of emotion with accuracy that rivals human coders. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.


Haines, N., Shen, Y., Butka, Z., Lim, S.-L., Beauchaine, T. P., & Ahn, W.-Y. (2018). The effect of stress on decision-making processes among nicotine smokers: A computational modeling approach. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology and the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, Madison, WI.


Kamara, D., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2018). A review of sleep disturbances among infants and children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Poster presented at the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Future Directions Forum, Washington, DC.


Knapton, E. K., Shader, T. M., Bell, Z. E., McDonough-Caplan, H. M., Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2017). Effects of misspecifying respiratory frequencies on computations of RSA across development. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Vienna, Austria.


Beauchaine, T. P., & Shader, T. (2017). Effects of misspecifying breathing frequencies on estimates of RSA and relations to externalizing scores across development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.


Bell, Z., Shader, T., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2016). Internalizing symptoms moderate pre- to post-treatment associations between externalizing psychopathology and respiratory sinus arrhythmia among preschoolers with ADHD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Baltimore, MD.


Recent/upcoming lab publications by current and past graduate students and postdocs: 

Haines, N., Bell, Z., Crowell, S. E., Hahn, H., Kamara, D., McDonough-Caplan, H., Shader, T., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2019). Using automated computer vision and machine learning to code facial expressions of affective valence and arousal: Implications for emotion dysregulation research. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 871-886.


Beauchaine, T. P., Sauder, C. L., Derbidge, C. M., & Uyeji, L. L. (2019). Self-injuring adolescent girls exhibit insular cortex volumetric abnormalities that are similar to those observed in adults with borderline personality disorder. Development and Psychopathology. epublished ahead of print. 


Beauchaine, T. P., Bell, Z., Knapton, E., McDonough-Caplan, H., Shader, T., & Zisner, A. (2019). Respiratory sinus arrhythmia reactivity across empirically-based structural dimensions of psychopathology: A meta-analysis. Psychophysiology, 56, e13329.


Haines, N., Southward, M. W., Cheavens, J. S., Beauchaine, T. P., & Ahn, W.-Y. (2019). Using computer-vision and machine learning to automate facial coding of positive and negative affect intensity. PLoS One, 14, e0211735.


McDonough-Caplan, H., Klein, D. N., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2018). Comorbidity and continuity of depression and conduct problems from elementary school to adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Epublished ahead of print.


Bell, Z., Shader, T. M., Webster-Stratton, C., Reid, M. J., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2018). Improvements in negative parenting mediate changes in children’s autonomic responding following a preschool intervention for ADHD. Clinical Psychological Science, 6, 134-144


Beauchaine, T. P., & McDonough-Caplan, H., & Zisner, A. (in press). Anhedonia in depression: Assessment, mechanisms, and therapeutics. In J. Quevedo, A. F. Carvalho, & C. A. Zarate (Eds.), Neurobiology of depression. Elsevier.


Shader, T. M., Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., Crowell, S. E., Reid, M. J., Thayer, J. F., Vasey, M. W., Webster-Stratton, C., Bell, Z., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2018). Quantifying respiratory sinus arrhythmia: Effects of misspecifying breathing frequencies across development. Development and Psychopathology, 30, 351-366.


Beauchaine, T. P., Zisner, A., & Sauder, C. L. (2017). Trait impulsivity and the externalizing spectrum. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 343-368. 

Bell, Z. E., Seager, I., Shader, T., & Fristad, M. A. (2017). Updating the textbook: A novel approach to training graduate students in evidence-based youth practices. Cognitive and Behavior Practice. Epublished ahead of print.

Young, M. E., Bell, Z. E., & Fristad, M. A. (2016). Validation of a brief structured interview: Ready for prime time clinical practice. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23, 327-340.   

Zisner, A., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2016). Neural substrates of trait impulsivity, anhedonia, and irritability: Mechanisms of heterotypic comorbidity between externalizing disorders and unipolar depression. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 1179-1210. 


Sauder, C. L., Derbidge, C. M., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2016). Neural responses to monetary incentives among self-injuring adolescent girls. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 277-291.


Zisner, A., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2016). Psychophysiological methods and developmental psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental psychopathology. Vol. 2: Developmental neuroscience (3rd ed., pp. 832-884). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


Neuhaus, E., Bernier, R. A., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2016). Children with autism show altered autonomic adaptation to novel and familiar social partners. Autism Research, 9, 579-591.


Beauchaine, T. P., Shader, T. M., & Hinshaw, S. P. (2016). An ontogenic process model of externalizing psychopathology. In T. P. Beauchaine & S. P. Hinshaw (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of externalizing spectrum disorders. (pp. 485-501). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Zisner, A., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2016). Midbrain neural mechanisms of trait impulsivity. In T. P. Beauchaine & S. P. Hinshaw (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of externalizing spectrum disorders (184-200). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 




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