Sean P. Lane


Ph.D. (Social Psychology; Minor: Quantitative Psychology), New York University, 2013

M.A. (Quantitative Methods), Columbia University, 2008

B.S. (Mathematics; Additional Major: Psychology), Carnegie Mellon University, 2005

Graduate Student Recruitment:

I will be accepting graduate students for the 2021-2022 academic year into both the Clinical Psychology and MCP graduate training areas. For more information, click here.

Postdoctoral Openings:

My collaborators and I will be recruiting applicants for postdoctoral positions on a recently funded grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Of particular interest are postdoctoral researchers with PhDs in quantitative fields (e.g., quantitative psychology, statistics, computer science) and expertise in programming, simulation methods, machine learning, optimization, and/or software development. For more information, click here.

Research Interests:

My substantive research focuses on emotion regulation processes, their downstream effects on health and relationship outcomes, and how these processes differ between healthy and clinical subgroups. I apply and develop statistical methodologies, with a focus on nonlinear models and dynamic systems in characterizing these processes. I have also applied these methods in more substantive research, including the optimization of alcohol use disorder classification and the role of alcohol use as an antecedent, consequent, and modifier of emotion regulation processes.

My recent quantitative work (R01AA027264) involves developing methods for conducting power analyses for complex statistical models, including providing recommendations for starting parameters and feasible ranges under uncertainty. These methods are actively being built into an intuitive user interface guided by principles from user-centered design.

Representative Publications:

*Hepp, J., *Lane, S.P., Carpenter, R.W., & Trull, T.J. (in press). Linking daily life interpersonal stressors and health problems via affective reactivity in borderline personality and depressive disorders. Psychosomatic Medicine. (equal first author contribution).

Carpenter, R.W., Lane, S.P., Bruehl, S., & Trull, T.J. (2019). Concurrent and lagged associations of prescription opioid use with pain and negative affect in the daily lives of chronic pain patients. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87, 872-886.

Hill, K.E., Lane, S.P., & Foti, D. (2019). Block-wise and trial-wise analyses of the late positive potential reveal distinct affective trajectories as a function of neuroticism. Brain Research, 1720, 146292.

Hoffman, M., Steinley, D., Trull, T.J., Lane, S.P., & Sher, K.J. (2019). The influence of sample selection on the structure of psychopathology symptom networks: An example with alcohol use disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128, 473-486.

Kammrath, L.K., Armstrong III, B.F., Francis, M.K., Lane, S.P., McNab, K.M., & Baumgarten, O.M. (2019). What predicts who we approach for social support?: Tests of the attachment figure and strong ties hypotheses. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Lane, S.P., & Hennes, E.P. (2019). Conducting sensitivity analyses to identify and buffer power vulnerabilities in studies examining substance use over time. Addictive Behaviors, 94, 117-123. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.09.017

Boness, C.L., Lane, S.P., & Sher, K.J. (2019). Not all AUD criteria are equally severe: Towards severity grading of individual criteria in college drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33, 35-49. [PMID: 30676037]

Hepp, J., Lane, S.P., Wycoff, A.M., Carpenter, R.W., & Trull, T.J. (2018). Interpersonal problems and negative affect in Borderline Personality Disorder and community adults in daily life: A replication and extension. Journal of Abnormal Psychology127, 183-189. doi: 10.1037/abn0000318

Lane, S.P., & Hennes, E.P. (2018). Power struggles: Estimating sample size for multilevel relationships research. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships35, 7-31.

Shrout, P.E., Stadler, G., Lane, S.P., McClure, M.J., Jackson, G.L., Clavél, F.D., Iida, M., Gleason, M.E.J., Xu, J.H., & Bolger, N. (2018). Initial elevation bias in subjective reports. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences115, E15-E23. [PMID: 29255039; PMCID: 5776801]

Hepp, J., Lane, S.P., Carpenter, R.W., Niedfeld, I., Brown, W.C., & Trull, T.J. (2017). Interpersonal problems and negative affect in borderline personality and depressive disorder individuals’ daily lives. Clinical Psychological Science5, 470-484. [PMID: 28529826; PMCID: 5436804]

Bonifay, W., Lane, S.P., & Reise, S.P. (2017). Three concerns with applying a bifactor model as a structure of psychopathology. Clinical Psychological Science5, 184-186. doi: 10.1177/2167702616657069

Lane, S.P., Carpenter, R.W., Sher, K.J., Trull, T.J. (2016). Alcohol craving and consumption in Borderline Personality Disorder: When, where, and with whom. Clinical Psychological Science4, 775-792. [PMID: 28529826; PMCID: 5199026]

Lane, S.P., Steinley, D., & Sher, K.J. (2016). Meta-analysis of DSM AUD criteria severities: Structural consistency is only “skin deep”. Psychological Medicine46, 1769-1784. [PMID: 27019218; PMCID: 4894493]

Steinley, D., Lane, S.P., & Sher, K.J. (2016). Determining optimal diagnostic criteria through chronicity and comoridity. In Silico Pharmacology4, 1-12. [PMID: 26831872; PMCID: 4735036]

Lane, S.P., & Sher, K.J. (2015). Limits of current approaches to diagnosis severity based on criterion counts: An example with DSM-5 alcohol use disorder. Clinical Psychological Science3, 819-835. [PMID: 26783505; PMCID: 4714779]

*Tomko, R.L., *Lane, S.P., Pronove, L.M., Treloar, H.R., Brown, W.C., Solhan, M.B., Wood, P.K., & Trull, T.J. (2015). Undifferentiated negative affect and impulsivity in borderline personality and depressive disorders: A momentary perspective. Journal of Abnormal Psychology124, 740-753. (equal first author contribution). [PMID: 26147324; PMCID: 4573801]

Trull, T.J., Lane, S.P., Koval, P., & Ebner-Priemer, U.W. (2015). Affective dynamics in psychopathology. Emotion Review7, 355-361. [PMID: 27617032; PMCID: 5016030]





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Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, Mathematical &
Computational Psychology, and Social Psychology
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