Trauma Risk, Resilience, and Recovery (T3R) Lab

Welcome to the T3R Lab Website!

Current T3R Lab Members

Scott M. Pickett, PhD
Director of the T3R Lab

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Oakland University

Research Interests of the T3R Lab

The T3RLab examines the processes involved in the development and/or maintenance of risk factors for psychopathology. When people have experiences that are perceived as upsetting or distressing, naturally people experience related thoughts, feeling/emotions, and bodily sensations and sometimes people want to stop these experiences. People may attempt to control, avoid, or stop these unwanted experiences. However, people can become “trapped” when they are struggling to avoid, control or change these experiences, which may limit their abilities to cope effectively. Maladaptive emotion regulation strategies may be used in an attempt to reduce the occurrence or “cope” with private experiences (i.e., thoughts, feelings, memories) that they perceive to be unpleasant.

The research program of the T3RLab examines psychological trauma from the third wave perspective of cognitive behavioral theory. Therapies adhering to the third wave approach aim to increase psychological flexibility though observing, accepting, and embracing private events previously viewed as unpleasant. Through this process people identify their values (i.e., bring meaning and vitality to their experiences) and take the behavioral steps necessary to live in accordance with their values. However, there are many factors that impact this process.

Within this framework, the T3R Lab aims to:

1) investigate the consequences of traumatic experiences and the mechanisms that may promote or hinder recovery,

2) understand the emotional contexts related to emotion regulation strategies, such as experiential avoidance, primarily following psychological trauma, and

3) examine the interaction between psychological stress, anxiety, and health.


Dr. Pickett is recruiting Graduate Students (MS students) for the Fall 2014 semester. The graduate program is currently developing a curriculum in a Behavioral Health Concentration area, which would be designed to prepare students to enter a PhD program in an applied area (e.g., Health, Public Health, Clinical). Please contact Dr. Pickett if you are interested in the program.

CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole, Danyeal and David! All three students have posters accepted for presentation at National Research Conferences.

Kabacinski, D., Aho, K. M., Eleftheriou, M., Swanson, L. M., & Pickett, S. M. (2014, June). Examining the Role of Emotion Regulation Difficulties in the Relationship between Psychological Symptoms and Insomnia Severity. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Minneapolis, MN.

Mello, D., Hamill, T. S., Hunsanger, J., & Pickett, S. M. (2014, June). Sleep Quality and   PTSD Symptom Severity: Daytime Dysfunction as a Predictor of Emotion    Regulation Difficulties. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the   Associated Professional Sleep Societies,        Minneapolis, MN.

Barbaro, N., Pickett, S. M., & Parkhill, M. R. (2014, May). Need for Cognition Strengthens Correspondence Between Environmental Attitudes and Pro-Environmental Goal Choice. Poster to be presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS), San Francisco, CA.