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Amy​ Mezulis

Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology
Seattle Pacific University
United States of America


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).

Research Interest

Clinical Psychology


  • Nicolai KA, Wielgus MD, Mezulis A. Identifying risk for self‐harm: Rumination and negative affectivity in the prospective prediction of nonsuicidal self‐injury. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2016 Apr 1;46(2):223-33.

  • Hudson MR, Harding KA, Mezulis A. Dampening and brooding jointly link temperament with depressive symptoms: A prospective study. Personality and Individual Differences. 2015 Sep 30;83:249-54.

  • Mezulis AH, Crystal SI, Ahles JJ, Crowell SE. Examining biological vulnerability in environmental context: Parenting moderates effects of low resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia on adolescent depressive symptoms. Developmental psychobiology. 2015 Dec 1;57(8):974-83.

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