UNT DEAR Lab | Department of Psychology


The Disposition, Emotion, & Addiction Research Laboratory (DEAR Lab), directed by Dr. Casey Guillot, investigates the etiology and the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects of substance use and other addictive or impulsive behaviors.

The DEAR Lab is primarily interested in the pathway spanning from personality/cognitive dispositions to emotional disturbance and ending in addiction processes (e.g., substance use expectancies/motives, substance withdrawal, addictive behaviors), as well as moderation of disposition-addiction associations by positive and negative affect-related states and traits (e.g., anxiety sensitivity and positive/negative urgency). This includes an interest in individual differences in general, such as how diversity in racial/ethnic or other minority statuses (e.g., sexual orientation) and associated factors may contribute to differential interrelations between dispositions, emotions, and addictive behaviors.

Secondary interests of the DEAR Lab include aggression and self-harm (i.e., other behaviors that involve impulse control or self-regulation).