Dr Peter Koval - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)
My research lies at the intersection of social, personality and clinical psychology with a focus on emotional processes.
I study emotional functioning in daily life using 'experience sampling' or 'ecological momentary assessment.' This involves collecting intensive longitudinal data (e.g., many repeated measurements of emotions from each individual) and therefore requires use of non-standard statistics. Hence, I also have an interest in multilevel modeling, especially in relation to studying within-person variability and change over time.
Substantively, I am interested in how people experience and regulate their emotions in response to everyday events, and how these processes relate to well-being and psychopathology.
For example, I have examined how negative emotions fluctuate over time among people with varying levels of depressive symptoms, as well as among young people diagnosed with clinical depression.
I have also investigated how patterns of emotional change over time are related to the strategies people habitually use to regulate their emotions, as well as to environmental factors (e.g., social stress).
I am currently involved in several trials of novel online interventions for young people with psychosis and depression and their carers, in collaboration with Professor John Gleeson (ACU) and researchers at Orygen (the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health).
Emotional inertia and external events: The roles of exposure, reactivity, and recovery, in Emotion
Executive well-being: Updating of positive stimuli in working memory is associated with subjective well-being., in Cognition, 126, 335-340
The regulation of negative and positive affect in daily life., in Emotion, 13, 926-939
Affective instability in daily life is predicted by resting heart rate variability, in PLoS One (online)
Getting stuck in depression: The roles of rumination and emotional inertia., in Cognition & Emotion, 26, 1412-1427
Feeling bad about being sad: The role of social expectancies in amplifying negative emotions, in Emotion, 12, 69-80