Wenting Mu

Section 1

Program Area: Clinical/Community


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  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Negative Self-Conscious Emotions
  • Personality Change
  • Scale Development

Research Description

Broadly speaking, my program of research focuses on delineating the roles of emotion and personality variables in depression and anxiety. Central to my research has been the proposal of a dimensional approach to studying negative self-conscious emotions —a strong risk factor for depression and anxiety. One limitation within the existing literature is that negative self-conscious emotions are hard to distinguish from one another (e.g., shame and guilt are highly correlated). Therefore, working with Professor Howard Berenbaum, I conceptualized and proposed a dimensional approach to study negative self-conscious emotions. Using this framework, I identified common characteristics shared by all negative self-conscious emotions, as well as characteristics unique to each emotion. I also delineated their differential relationship to depression and anxiety.

A second line of my research is concerned with personality risk factors for depression and anxiety. I approach this topic focusing on change. Working with Professor Brent Roberts, I examined how change in personality (e.g., neuroticism, self-esteem) is related to change in depression and anxiety. When possible, I took a transdiagnostic approach focusing on the common aspects shared by depression and anxiety. 

Section 2


Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.