Lira Yoon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


Office:       Math/Psychology 324

Phone:      TBA

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:          SOND 408

Phone:      TBA

Website:   Lab website


Ph.D. – Northwestern University, 2006

Fall 2023 Office Hours:

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Area of Study:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

Dr. Yoon’s research program focuses on the interplay between cognition and emotion in the context of psychological disorders, especially depression and anxiety disorders. Her research program attempts to integrate biological and psychological lines of inquiry to gain a better understanding of the roles that biased processing of emotional information (e.g., attention, interpretation, working memory), stress reactivity (e.g., cortisol, heart rate variability), and emotion regulation play in the onset and maintenance of emotional disorders.

Courses Taught:   

Adult Psychopathology (PSYC 606)

Advanced Behavior Pathology (Psyc 406)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities: 

Accepting New Graduate Students?

Graduate students in the lab will be encouraged to initiate independent studies in addition to thesis and dissertation requirements to develop an independent program of research. Students working with me will receive training in manuscript and grant writing, and they will be encouraged to apply for external fellowships. Students who aspire to careers with a substantial research focus, as in academia or clinical research settings, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities: 

YES:   Undergraduate opportunities available

Interested students should contact Dr. Yoon directly via email.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology, Clinical

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Department Representative on Faculty Senate

Selected Publications: 

Yoon, K. L., & Hong, S. W. (in press). Behavioral inhibition system sensitivity moderates audio-visual neutral information processing. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

Wen, A., & Yoon, K. L. (in press). Depression and affective flexibility following stress: A valence specific bias. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

LeMoult, J., McCabe, R., Hamedani, A., & Yoon, K. L. (2020). Cognitive control and cortisol response to stress in generalized anxiety disorder: A study of working memory capacity with negative and neutral distractors. Cognition and Emotion, 34, 800-806.

Mneimne, M., Dashineau, S., & Yoon, K. L. (2019). Mindfulness and negative affectivity in real time: A within-person process model. Cognition and Emotion, 38, 1687-1701.