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Amy Mezulis

Amy​ Mezulis

Professor of Clinical Psychology; Chair of Clinical Psychology

Email: mezulis@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2820
Office: Marston 104


Education: BA, Harvard University, 1994; MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1996; PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005. At SPU since 2006.

Dr. Amy Mezulis is a clinical psychologist interested in biological and psychological pathways to adolescent-onset disorders of emotion regulation such as depression and self-injury. She identifies as a developmental psychopathologist with a focus on both normal and abnormal mental health trajectories and the joint contributions of biological vulnerability and environmental context.

Dr. Mezulis’ professional distinctions include receiving an American Psychological Association dissertation award as well as competitive grant funding from the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Dr. Mezulis maintains professional collaborations with colleagues in both the United States (University of Washington; University of Utah; University of Wisconsin) and Europe (Leuven University, Belgium; University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Ghent University, Belgium).


​Selected publications

Hyde, J.S., & Mezulis, A. (2020). Gender differences in depression: Biological, affective, cognitive, and sociocultural factors. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 28(1), 4-13.

Fox, A.R., Aldrich, J.T., Ahles, J.A., & Mezulis, A.H. (2019).  Stress and parenting predict changes in adolescen respiratory sinus arrhythmia.  Developmental Psychobiology, 00, 1-11.

Fox, A. R., Hammond, L. E., & Mezulis, A. H. (2018). Respiratory sinus arrhythmia and adaptive regulation as predictors of nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 133.

Skalisky, J., Wielgus, M.D., Aldrich, J.T., & Mezulis, A.H. (2018). Motives for and impairment associated with alcohol and marijuana use among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 88.

Ahles, J., Mezulis, A., & Crowell, S. (2017).  Pre-ejection period reactivity to reward is associated with anhedonic symptoms of depression among adolescents.  Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 535-542.

Vieselmeyer, J., Holguin, J., & Mezulis, A. (2017).  The role of resilience and gratitude in posttraumatic stress and growth following a university shooting.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9, 62-29.

Wielgus, M., Aldrich, J., Mezulis, A., & Crowell, S. (2016).  Respiratory sinus arrhythmia as a predictor of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors among adolescents.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 106, 127-134.

Please view Dr. Mezulis’ CV (PDF) for additional publications. 

Amy Mezulis

Why I Teach at SPU

Amy Mezulis, Professor of Clinical Psychology

“I teach at SPU because of its balanced perspective on training both scientists and practitioners of clinical psychology. Mentorship is also a key component of our PhD program, and I strongly value the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the professional development of our students.”

Adolescent Cognition and Emotion (A.C.E.) Lab

The A.C.E. Lab is committed to understanding the dramatic rise in mood disorders and mood-related problems in adolescence.