BADCO Lab

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Behavioral and Affective Dysregulation:

Course and Outcomes

BADCO LAB


The Behavioral and Affective Dysregulation Course and Outcomes (BADCO) lab focuses on describing the etiology, development, outcomes and treatment efforts related to behavioral disorders and irritability.  Work by faculty and graduate student researchers in the lab includes efforts to distinguish irritable and behavioral dimensions of oppositional defiant disorder from childhood through early adulthood, to test emotion regulation skills as both an etiological factor and a target for intervention, to identify factors related to service use and to barriers to service engagement, and to describe the effects of behavioral disorders in different contexts and across a variety of possible outcomes.  Because of the nature of the data sets available and the research questions being asked, the lab regularly employs a variety of advanced statistical techniques.  Present data collection efforts include the implementation of a treatment module for chronic irritability, data collection involving coregistration of EEG and fMRI data, and collection of symptom-oriented data from young adult populations.  These efforts describe the future directions for the lab, which will include further development of interventions for irritability, the use of neurobiological measures to validate models of chronic irritability, and further groundbreaking efforts to describe irritability and behavioral dysregulation across the early life span.

Current Projects

The Development of an Irritability Treatment Module for Children
This project involves the development and implementation of a group-based treatment for chronic irritability in children. Pilot data will be collected to examine the feasibility and tolerability of the intervention, as well as the efficacy of the treatment. The results will be used as a foundation for larger projects to validate and disseminate the treatment.
Brain Function and the Processing of Emotions
Using simultaneous fMRI and EEG imaging techniques, this project looks to study the neural systems involved in the processing of emotions. In particular, determining whether are differences in the way the brain functions with people exhibiting high levels of irritability compared to those who do not. 
Identification & Structure of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Young Adults
This project seeks to study the prevalence, symptom structure, and associated impairments for young adults experiencing Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms. 

Representative Publications from Past Projects

Developmental Trends Study
  • Burke, J.D., Rowe, R., & Boylan, K. (2014). Functional outcomes of child and adolescent oppositional defiant disorder symptoms in young adult men. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 55, 264-272.
  • Burke, J.D. (2012). An affective dimension within oppositional defiant disorder symptoms among boys: Personality and psychopathology outcomes into early adulthood. Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry, 53, 1176-1183.
  • Burke, J.D., Pardini, D.A., & Loeber, R. (2008). Reciprocal relationships between parenting behavior and disruptive psychopathology from childhood through adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 679–692.
  • Burke, J.D., Loeber, R., Lahey, B.B., & Rathouz, P.J. (2005). Developmental transitions among affective and behavioral disorders in adolescent boys. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 1200-1210.
Parent Help-Seeking Study
  • Burke, J.D., Mulvey, E.P., & Schubert, C.A. (2015). Prevalence of mental health problems and service use among first-time juvenile offenders. Journal Of Child And Family Studies, 24, 3774-3781.
  • Burke, J.D., Mulvey, E.P., Schubert, C.A., & Garbin, S.R. (2014). The challenge and opportunity of parental involvement in juvenile justice services. Children And Youth Services Review, 39-47.
 SNAP Pittsburgh Study
  • Derella, O.J., Johnston, O.G., Loeber, R., & Burke, J.D. (2017). CBT-enhanced emotion regulation as a mechanism of improvement for childhood irritability. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Burke, J.D., & Loeber, R. (2016). Mechanisms of behavioral and affective treatment outcomes in a cognitive behavioral intervention for boys. Journal Of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 179-189.
  • Burke, J.D., & Loeber, R. (2015). The effectiveness of the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Program for boys at risk for violence and delinquency. Prevention Science, 16, 242-253.

People

Jeffrey D. Burke, Ph.D.

Lab Director, Associate Professor

Jeffrey Burke Dr. Burke’s interests involve understanding the etiology, developmental course and outcomes related to oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. His work includes a focus on irritability as a component of oppositional defiant disorder, which raises the risk for the development of depression and anxiety in some people. Dr. Burke also studies factors related to service engagement and treatment outcomes for the disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Burke’s work often involves the application of statistical models appropriate for count data, for modeling clustered and nested observations, and for measuring latent classification and latent growth processes.

 

1991 Northeast Missouri State University B.S. Psychology, Kirksville, MO

1996 University of Connecticut, M.A., Clinical Psychology, Storrs, CT

1997 University of Connecticut, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Storrs, CT

Olivia J. Derella, M.S. Graduate Student (matriculated Fall 2015)
Olivia Derella  Olivia is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology who recently defended her master’s thesis on the reciprocal relationships between harsh parenting and girls’ ODD symptoms. Prior to joining the division at UConn, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with minors in English Literature and French, from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award and the Horylev-Tesch Award for excellence in Psychology. Olivia has previously worked on studies examining longitudinal sibling-peer development at SUNY Geneseo and the behavioral pharmacology of cannabinoids at the NYS Psychiatric Institute-Columbia University Medical Center. Her current research interests include transactional models of maladaptive parent-child relations, measurement of emotion regulation, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of childhood irritability. When she isn’t spending time with her beloved labmates in BAD-CO, she enjoys cooking, yoga, running, interior design, and traveling. OD Angry
Oliver G. Johnston, M.S. Graduate Student (matriculated Fall 2015)
edit Oliver is a third-year in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program who recently defended his master’s thesis on the identification and structure of ODD symptoms in young adults. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in December of 2014 where he studied Psychology and Neuroscience. His research interests focus on the identification and developmental psychopathology of disruptive behavior disorders. He is interested specifically in how Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms can be measured across the lifespan and their respective implications for understanding a more comprehensive developmental trajectory into internalizing and other externalizing disorders. Additionally, he is interested in studying the factors that influence engagement in mental health services for disruptive behavior problems. In particular, investigating parents’ perceptions of the etiology, severity, and stability of their child’s behavioral problems, and how that shapes their likelihood to engage in services. In his free time he enjoys hanging with his cohort, going to the beach, and making Lab Webpages as a form of procrastination. OJ Angry
Ari M. Romano-Verthelyi, B.A. Graduate Student (matriculated Fall 2016)
Ari Romano-Verthelyi Ari is a second year in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. In 2014 she graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Film Studies. During her time there, she conducted research in a number of labs, primarily studying emotion regulation. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree, she spent a year working at an elementary school in Boston, and then moved down south to conduct research as a Senior Bilingual Research Assistant at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy. Currently, her research interests are broadly centered around studying young children’s behavioral and emotional dysregulation in the school setting, including examining risk factors, interventions, and outcomes, with particular interest paid to conducting research with Latino populations.  In her free time she enjoys baking, watching films and television, keeping in touch with old friends, and spending time with her wonderful friends at UConn! Ari Angry
Emilie J. Bertschinger, B.A. Graduate Student (matriculated Fall 2017)
Emilie is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a BA in Psychology. After graduating, she worked at the Yale Child Study Center as a study coordinator for a study examining cognitive behavioral therapy for irritability and aggression in children across diagnostic categories. Her current research interests include the impact of parental and family factors on emotional dysregulation and irritability in children, and their treatment. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, crafting, and online shopping.  

 

BADCO Fun!

BADCO Grad Lunch Olivia I&D 2015 Brain

BADCO Graduate Students enjoying lunch in Downtown Storrs!

Olivia presenting her research on CBT-Enhanced Emotion Regulation Skills as a Treatment Mechanism for Irritability.

Oliver testing out the fMRI machine for our Brain Imaging study.

BADCO I&D 2015  BADCO Glastonburger BADCO Toronto

Dr. Burke, Oliver, and Olivia presenting at the First Congress on Pediatric Irritability and Dysregulation in Burlington, VT.

 BADCO Lab at Dr. Burke’s annual Glaston-“burger” Party!

Dr. Burke, Olivia, and Oliver attempting a selfie in front Toronto’s famous CN Tower after a long day of training!

 BADCO Mock Group    BADCO Analysis

 Practicing our SNAP Group Treatment for Irritability!

 Claudia presenting her research on the relationship between Parent Perceptions and Callous Unemotional Traits in children at the Department of Psychological Sciences Poster Night!

 Undergraduate RAs, Sabrina and Claudia, working with Oliver on some data analysis!

Make-Your-Own Pizza Night At Dr. Burke’s House!

Dr. Burke, Olivia, and Ari presenting at the 29th Annual APS Convention in Boston in 2017.

Oliver defending his masters on the Identification & Structure of ODD in Young Adults!

Olivia celebrating her successful masters defense on the Reciprocal Relationship between Harsh Parenting and ODD symptoms in Girls.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Burke, J.D., Derella, O.J., Johnston, O.G. (in press). Diagnostic Issues in Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In J.E. Lochman & W. Matthys (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Disruptive and Impulse-Control Disorders. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Press.

Romano-Verthelyi, A.M., Paszek, C., Burke, J.D.  (2017, May). Parent-Teacher Interactions and Behavior Problems: Correlations and Predictions. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, Massachusetts.

Derella, O.J., Hipwell, A.E., Stepp, S.D., Romano-Verthelyi, A.M., Yum-Chan, S., Burke, J.D. (2017, May). Reciprocal Links between Child ODD Symptoms and Parental Verbal Aggression and Corporal Punishment. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, Massachusetts.

Derella, O.J., Johnston, O.G., Loeber, R., & Burke, J.D. (2017). CBT-enhanced emotion regulation as a mechanism of improvement for childhood irritability. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Online first.

Johnston, O.G., Derella, O.J., & Burke, J.D. (2016, October). Validating a Parental Help-Seeking Measure for Child Disruptive Behavior within a Stage of Change Framework. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies Convention, New York, New York.

Derella, O.J., Johnston, O.G., & Burke, J.D. (2016, October). Treatment-Resistant Irritability: Characteristics of Non-Responsive Youth to Emotion Regulation Skills Training. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies Convention, New York, New York.

Burke, J. D. & Loeber, R. (2016). Mechanisms of behavioral and affective treatment outcomes in a cognitive behavioral intervention for boys. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 179-189.

Johnston, O.G., Derella, O.J, Dalal, D.K., & Burke, J.D. (2015, September). Irritability and Defiant Behavioral Symptom Dimensions of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Emerging Adulthood. Poster presented at the 1st Congress on Pediatric Irritability and Dysregulation, Burlington, VT.

Derella, O.J., Johnston, O.G., & Burke, J.D. (2015, September). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Irritability in Children: Evidence for Emotion Regulation Skills as a Treatment Mechanism. Poster presented at the 1st Congress on Pediatric Irritability and Dysregulation, Burlington, VT.

Burke, J.D., Mulvey E.P. & Schubert, C.A. (2015). Prevalence of mental health problems and service use over time among first-time offenders. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 3774-3781.

Burke, J.D. & Loeber, R. (2015).   The effectiveness of the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Program for boys at risk for violence and delinquency. Prevention Science, 16, 242-53.