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Scholarly Interest Report
Bryan Denny
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D. Psychology (2012) Columbia University, New York, NY
  • B.A. Psychology (2005) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • M.A. Psychology (2011) Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.Phil. Psychology (2011) Columbia University, New York, NY
Primary Department
   Department of Psychology
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Psychology
     Lab Website
    Research Areas
     emotion regulation, social cognitive and affective neuroscience, translational affective science, health psychology
    Research Interests 22-JAN-2018

    I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor and director of the Translational Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (T-SCAN) Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Rice University. I’m a new/early stage investigator with a strong track record of publication in the fields of emotion regulation and translational social cognitive neuroscience. Work in my lab draws upon and integrates multiple sub-fields within psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry, including affective science, social psychology, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Overall, my lab seeks to address both basic and translational aims in investigating the overall question of how individuals can become better emotion regulators. First, at a basic science level, I aim to understand and characterize the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying successful and unsuccessful emotion regulation in healthy/non-stressed as well as affectively-disordered/stressed populations. Second, at a translational level, I aim to apply evidence from this basic research to the development and empirical validation of novel emotion regulation interventions to improve mental and physical health in diverse stressed and non-stressed populations. This translational social cognitive neuroscience approach involves longitudinal analysis of emotion self-reports, health behavior, psychophysiology, immunological and endocrine biomarkers, and neuroimaging (including functional MRI). My lab is situated in the Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), an innovative research space designed to foster collaboration between Rice University and the numerous research institutions comprising the Texas Medical Center, which is adjacent to the BRC. 

    Teaching Areas
     emotion regulation, social and affective neuroscience, health psychology
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Denny, B. T., Fan, J., Fels, S., Galitzer, H., Schiller, D., Siever, L. J., & Koenigsberg, H. W. (in press). "Sensitization of the neural salience network to repeated emotional stimuli following initial habituation in borderline personality disorder patients." The American Journal of Psychiatry.Accepted


    Shahane, A. D., & Denny, B. T. (under review). "Linguistic evidence of psychological distancing is related to positive health outcomes." Submitted


    Shahane, A. D., Fagundes, C. P., & Denny, B. T. (under review). "Mending the heart and mind during times of loss: A review of interventions to improve emotional well-being during spousal bereavement." Submitted

     Book chapters

    Denny, B. T., & Ochsner, K. N. (in press). "Minding the emotional thermostat: Integrating social cognitive and affective neuroscience evidence to form a model of the cognitive control of emotion." In R. O. Friedel, C. Schmahl, Siever, L. J., & Phan, K. L. (Eds.), Neurobiology of Personality Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.Accepted

     Seminar Speaker

    "Denny, B. T. (2017, February). Examining the impact of longitudinal cognitive emotion regulation training in healthy and affectively-disordered populations. Talk presented at CogTea area meeting, Rice University, Houston, TX.." (Feb 27, 2017)


    "Denny, B. T. (2017, November). Examining translational impacts of emotion regulation from a social cognitive neuroscience perspective. Talk presented at CogTea area meeting, Rice University, Houston, TX.." (Nov 27, 2017)