Faculty Profile

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

Mezulis, A., Crystal, S., Ahles, J., & Crowell, S. (2015). Examining biological vulnerability in environmental context: Parenting moderates effects of low resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia on adolescent depressive symptoms. Developmental Psychobiology, DOI 10.1002/dev.21347.

Hudson, M.R., Harding, K.A., & Mezulis, A. (2015). Dampening and brooding jointly link temperament with depressive symptoms: A prospective study. Personality and Individual Differences, 832, 249–254. Doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.04.025.

Nicolai, K.A., Wielgus, M.D., & Mezulis, A. (2015). Identifying risk for self-harm: Rumination and negative affectivity in the prospective prediction of nonsuicidal self-injury. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, doi:10.1111/sltb.12186.

Ahles, J.J., Mezulis, A., & Hudson, M.R. (2015). Religious coping as a moderator of the relationship between stress and depressive symptoms. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, doi:10.1037/rel0000039.

Mezulis, A., & Harding, K.A.* (2014). Gender differences in mental health. In H. Friedman (ed.), Encyclopedia of mental health (2nd ed.). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier.

Hyde, J.S., Mezulis, A., & Abramson, L.Y. (2008). The ABCs of depression: Integrating affective, biological, and cognitive models to explain the emergence of the gender difference in depression. Psychological Review, 115, 291–313. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.115.2.291

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