Jessica Lougheed, PhD

Research Interests

Parent-adolescent relationships; emotion dynamics; interpersonal emotion regulation; internalizing symptoms (depression and anxiety)


I joined the faculty in Human Development and Family Studies in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining Purdue, I was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. My research falls in the broad area of adolescent socioemotional development. Adolescence is a developmental transition that is associated with increased risk for the development of psychosocial adjustment difficulties such as depression and anxiety. Emotion regulation—the ability to modulate the intensity, form, and duration of emotions—is one process that underlies the development of such difficulties. I examine interpersonal emotion processes in the family, especially the parent-adolescent relationship, that are related to emotion regulation and psychosocial adjustment.

One challenging but exciting aspect of my work is that emotions are dynamic processes. I examine parent-adolescent emotion dynamics as they unfold during interactions. I measure both the social aspects of emotions (i.e., what is observable in terms of facial expressions and other forms of communication) and their less visible aspects (i.e., physiological responses). By using laboratory observations of parent-adolescent interactions, I look at how interpersonal emotions unfold on a moment-to-moment basis. In line with the dynamic systems perspective, I work from the idea that momentary emotional experiences with close relationship partners coalesce into interpersonal patterns over weeks, months, and years, and that these patterns both shape and are shaped by psychosocial adjustment. In other words, what happens moment-to-moment and the accumulation of those experiences are what eventually become our traits, our tendencies to do certain things, and our ability to deal with challenges. What happens between family members in real time shapes who we are in the long run. This work is challenging and exciting because it involves methodological topics such as eliciting interpersonal emotions and using multilevel dyadic statistical approaches to capture dynamic processes.

Selected Publications 

Peer-Reviewed Research

  • Lougheed, J. P. (in press). Parent-adolescent dyads as temporal interpersonal emotion systems. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi:10.1111/jora.12526

  • Lougheed, J. P., Brinberg, M., Ram, N., & Hollenstein, T. (in press). Emotion socialization as a dynamic process across emotion contexts. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0000801

  • Lougheed, J. P., Benson, L., Cole, P. M., & Ram, N. (2019). Multilevel survival analysis: Studying the timing of children’s recurring behaviors. Developmental Psychology, 55(1), 53-65. doi:10.1037/dev0000619

  • Main, A., Lougheed, J. P., Disla, J., & Kashi, S. (2019). Timing of adolescent emotional disclosures: The role of maternal emotions and adolescent age. Emotion, 19(5), 829-840. doi:10.1037/emo0000483

  • Yang, X., Ram, N., Lougheed, J. P., Molenaar, P. C. M., & Hollenstein, T. (2019). Adolescents’ emotion system dynamics: Network-based analysis of physiological and emotional experience. Developmental Psychology, 55, 1982-1993. doi:10.1037/dev0000690

  • Davis, W. E., Giner-Sorolla, R., Lindsay, D. S., Lougheed, J. P., Makel, M. C., Meier, M. E., Sun, J., Vaughn, L., & Zelenski, J. M. (2018). Peer review guidelines promoting replicability and transparency in psychological science. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(4), 556-673. doi:10.1177/2515245918806489

  • Lougheed, J. P., & Hollenstein, T. (2018). Arousal transmission and attenuation in mother-daughter dyads in adolescence. Social Development, 27, 19-33. doi:10.1111/sode.12250

  • Hollenstein, T., Tighe, A., & Lougheed, J. P. (2017). Emotional development in the context of mother-child relationships. Current Opinion in Psychology, 17, 140-144. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.07.010

  • Lougheed, J. P., Craig, W. M., Pepler, D., Connolly, J., O’Hara, A., Granic, I., & Hollenstein, T. (2016). Maternal and peer regulation of adolescent emotion: Associations with depressive symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(5), 963-974. doi:10.1007/s10802-015-0084-x

  • Lougheed, J. P., & Hollenstein, T. (2016). Socioemotional flexibility in mother-daughter dyads: Riding the emotional rollercoaster across positive and negative contexts. Emotion, 16(5), 620-633. doi:10.1037/emo0000155

  • Lougheed, J. P., Hollenstein, T., & Lewis, M. D. (2016). Maternal regulation of daughters’ emotion during conflicts from early to mid-adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26(3), 610-616. doi:10.1111/jora.12211

  • Lougheed, J. P., Koval, P., & Hollenstein, T. (2016). Sharing the burden: The interpersonal regulation of emotional arousal in mother-daughter dyads. Emotion, 16(1), 83-93. doi:10.1037/emo0000105

  • Lougheed, J. P., Hollenstein, T., Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., & Granic, I. (2015). Maternal regulation of child affect in externalizing and typically-developing children. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(1), 10-19. doi:10.1037/a0038429

  • Hollenstein, T., & Lougheed. J. P. (2013). Beyond storm and stress: Typicality, transactions, timing, and temperament to account for adolescent change. American Psychologist, 68(6), 444-454. doi:10.1037/a0033586

  • Lougheed, J. P., & Hollenstein, T. (2012). A limited repertoire of emotion regulation strategies predicts internalizing problems in adolescence. Social Development, 21(4), 704-721. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9507.2012.00663.x

Book Chapters

  • Lougheed, J. P. (2019). Conflict dynamics and the transformation of the parent-adolescent relationship. In S. Kunnen, M. van der Gaag, N. de Ruiter-Wilcox, & B. Jeronimus (Eds.), Psychosocial development in adolescence: Insights from the Dynamic Systems approach (pp. 69-82). New York: Routledge.

  • Cole, P. M., Lougheed, J. P., & Ram, N. (2018). The development of emotion regulation in early childhood: A matter of multiple time scales. In P. M. Cole & T. Hollenstein (Eds.), Emotion regulation: A matter of time (pp. 70-87). Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis.

  • Lougheed, J. P., & Hollenstein, T. (2018). Methodological approaches to studying interpersonal emotion dynamics. In A. K. Randall & D. Schoebi (Eds.), Interpersonal emotion dynamics in close relationships. (pp. 75-92). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316822944

  • Granic, I., & Lougheed, J. P. (2016). The role of anxiety in coercive family processes with aggressive children. In J. Snyder & T. Dishion (Eds.), Oxford handbook of coercive relationship dynamics (pp. 231-248). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199324552.013.18


  • PhD, 2016, Queen’s University, Developmental Psychology

  • MSc, 2012, Queen’s University, Developmental Psychology

  • BA, 2010, University of Victoria, Psychology and Germanic Studies

Courses Recently Taught

  • HDFS 201: Introduction to Family Processes

  • HDFS 346: Research Design and Program Evaluation

Honors (Selected)

  • 2019: Outstanding Ally Award, Purdue LGBTQ Center

  • 2018: Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology; American Psychological Association, Developmental Psychology (Division 7)

  • 2017: SRCD Outstanding Dissertation Award; Society for Research on Child Development

  • 2017: Andrew McGhie Prize in Psychology (Most Outstanding Dissertation of the Year); Department of Psychology, Queen’s University

  • 2016-2018: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Jess Lougheed
Assistant Professor

Faculty Associate:
   Center for Families
   Military Family Research Institute

(PhD, Queen's University)

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