Department of Psychology

Adaptive Regulation and Coping Lab



The Adaptive Regulation and Coping (ARC) Lab is interested in advancing and disseminating our established and continuously growing body of psychological research that pertains to adaptive regulation and coping skills.

Lab members conduct research on a variety of adaptive skills that individuals have been found to vary on and that are related to various negative and positive outcomes. Most if not all of these skills may also be trainable; thus, the research conducted in the ARC Lab has direct relevance for alleviating negative outcomes, such as disability and distress, as well as enhancing positive outcomes, such as optimal performance and life satisfaction.

Some of the adaptive skills that are currently of interest to the ARC Lab include:

  • Self-regulation
  • Self-management/control
  • Mindfulness/mindful awareness
  • Emotion regulation
  • Ir/rational core beliefs
  • Learned resourcefulness
  • Attentional styles (monitoring vs. blunting)

Some of the negative and positive outcomes linked to adaptive and coping skills include:

  • Depression
  • Rumination
  • Worry
  • Anxiety Sensitivity
  • Substance use
  • Optimism

These current interests are certainly not intended to be limiting, so please contact the lab director, Dr. Peter Mezo, if you are interested in collaborating as a student or faculty member in these or related areas.

Last Updated: 10/13/23