Lauren M Bylsma, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Psychology

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara Street
Emily Nettesheim

Education & Training

Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida
Clinical Psychology, VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division
Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment Training, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Current Appointments

Co-Director, Center for Advanced Psychotherapy
Assistant Director, Hope Team (www.hopeteam.pitt.edu)

Professional Affiliations

Member, Society for Affective Science
Member, Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Member, Society for Research in Psychopathology
Member, Society for Ambulatory Assessment
Member, Society for Psychophysiological Research
Member, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers

Selected Honors & Awards

Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology, Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program (LPR) Recipient, National Institutes of Health

Research Interests

Depression risk & developmental neuroscience; Emotional reactivity & regulation, reward process; Multimodal assessment of emotion, transdiagnostic
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Evans SC, Hamilton JL, Boyd SI, Karlovich AR, Ladouceur CD, Silk JS & Bylsma LM.(2023). Daily associations between sleep and affect in youth at risk for psychopathology: The moderating role of externalizing symptoms. Manuscript in press at Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.
  2. Bylsma LM, Tan PZ, Silk JS, Forbes EE, McMakin DL, Dahl RE, Ryan ND & Ladouceur CD. (2022). The late positive potential during affective picture processing: Associations with daily life emotional functioning among adolescents with anxiety disorders. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 182: 70-80.
  3. Bylsma LM. (2021). Emotion context insensitivity in depression: Toward an integrated and contextualized approach. Psychophysiology, 58(2), e13715.
  4. Panaite V, Rottenberg J & Bylsma LM. (2020). Daily affective dynamics predict depression symptom trajectories among adults with major and minor depression. Affective Science, 1(3), 186-198.
  5. Stone LB, McCormack CC & Bylsma LM. (2020). Cross system autonomic balance and regulation: Associations with depression and anxiety symptoms. Psychophysiology, 57(10), e13636.

Clinical Interests

Mood & anxiety disorders; adolescents/young adults; Clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR-p); Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Swartz HA, Bylsma LM, Fournier J, Spotts C, Cohn JF, Girard JM & Morency L-P. (2023). Randomized trial of brief interpersonal psychotherapy and brief cognitive behavioral therapy for depression delivered both in-person and by telehealth. Manuscript in press at Journal of Affective Disorders. Shared First-Authorship
  2. Gupta T, Antezana L, Porter C, Mayanil T, Bylsma LM, Maslar M & Horton LE. (2023). Skills Program for Awareness, Connectedness, and Empowerment: A Conceptual Framework of a Skills Group for Individuals with a Psychosis-Risk Syndrome. Manuscript in Press at Frontiers in Psychiatry Schizophrenia.
  3. Vail AK, Girard JM, Bylsma LM, Cohn JF, Fournier J, Swartz HA & Morency L.-P. (2022). Toward causal understanding of therapist-client relationships: A study of language modality and social entrainment. Proceedings of the 24th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. Bengaluru, India. Https://doi.org/10.1145/3536221.3556616
  4. Bylsma LM, Gracanin A & Vingerhoets A J. (2021). A clinical practice review of crying research. Psychotherapy, 58(1), 133.
  5. Bylsma LM, Gracanin A & Vingerhoets AJ. (2017) Why humans weep. In Blume-Marcovici (ed.), When Therapists Cry: Reflections on Therapists Tears in Therapy. New York, NY: Routledge.

Education Interests

Research mentoring; Clinical supervision; Mentoring residents & medical students
Selected Education Publications & Products
  1. Bylsma LM. (2018) Social Anxiety Disorder: Assessment and Management. CMEtoGO Psychiatry, 7(4). American Physician Institute. https://www.masterpsych.com/psychiatry-cme-to-go/
  2. Rottenberg J & Bylsma LM. (2014) Emotional functioning in depression. In Gotlib, I.H. & Hammen, C.L. (eds.). Handbook of Depression: Guildford Press.
  3. Bylsma LM & Panaite V. (2012) Depression. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Psychology. ScholarOne Books.
  4. Bylsma LM & Rottenberg J. (2011) Uncovering the dynamics of emotion regulation and dysfunction in daily life with ecological momentary assessment. In Vingerhoets, A.J.J.M, Nyklicek, I. & Zeelenberg, M. (eds.),Emotion Regulation and Well-being (pp. 225-244). Springer, New York, NY.