Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)


Jessica Peters, PhD is a clinical psychologist studying the relationships between anger, rumination, impulsivity, and social interactions in the context of borderline personality disorder (BPD), substance use and abuse, and self-destructive behaviors. She is particularly interested in how anger rumination may function to exacerbate negative affect and increase risky behavior. Her current studies use neuroimaging to explore these questions in adolescents and adults. Her work factors in how biological factors, such as the menstrual cycle, may exacerbate vulnerability to emotion dysregulation and BPD symptom expression. She also examines mechanisms underlying the increased risk of self-destructive behavior in LGBTQ+ youth.

Dr. Peters also conducts research on mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions, with a focus on the qualitative aspects of mindfulness (such as nonjudgmental orientation to experience).

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