Clinical Psychology: Adolescent romantic relationships, risk behavior, psychopathology.
Amysue Hansen is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at George Mason University working with Dr. Tara M. Chaplin. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2012. Broadly, her research interests include the biological effects of love and attraction on arousal and regulatory systems in adolescence. She is currently interested in why romantic relationships are associated with heightened risk behavior and the onset of psychopathology. She hopes to explore how neural activation in adolescent romantic relationships is an underlying factor that is facilitating risk behavior and psychopathology in this unique subset of adolescents.