Clinical Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tara Chaplin

Tara  Chaplin

Tara Chaplin

Associate Professor

Emotion regulation and the development of psychopathology and substance use in adolescence; Parent-focused interventions; Bio-psycho-social models of emotion

Dr. Tara Chaplin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and a licensed clinical psychologist. She received a Ph.D. in Child-Clinical psychology in 2003 from Penn State University. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania from 2003-2006. Following this, she moved to Yale University, where she completed one year as a post-doctoral associate and two years as an Associate Research Scientist from 2006-2009. In 2009, Dr. Chaplin was promoted to Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale. She left Yale to join the Clinical Psychology Faculty at George Mason University in 2013.  

Dr. Chaplin’s research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the ABMRF/Foundation for Alcohol Research. Her papers have appeared in Psychological Bulletin, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Early Adolescence, and others.

Current Research

Dr. Chaplin’s research interests are in the role of gender and emotion regulation in the development of psychopathology and substance abuse in children and adolescence. She is also interested in the role of the family in adolescent development. Related to this, she is currently developing a mindfulness intervention for parents of adolescents. Dr. Chaplin’s research incorporates multiple methods to capture emotion regulation, including self-report, observation, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and neuroimaging.

Selected Publications

Chaplin, T. M. & Aldao, A. (2013). Gender differences in emotion expression in children: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 735-765.

Chaplin, T.M., Sinha, R., Simmons, J., Healy, S., Mayes, L.C., Hommer, R. E., & Crowley, M. J. (2012). Parent-adolescent conflict interactions and adolescent alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 605-612. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.01.004.

*Liu, J., *Chaplin, T.M., Wang, F., Sinha, R., Mayes, L.C., & Blumberg, H.P. (2012). Stress reactivity and corticolimbic response to emotional faces in adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51, 304–312. (* The first two authors contributed equally to the manuscript.)

Chaplin, T. M., Freiburger, M. B., Mayes, L. C., & Sinha, R. (2010). Prenatal cocaine exposure, gender, and adolescent stress response: A prospective longitudinal study. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 32, 595-604.

Chaplin, T. M., Gillham, J. E., Reivich, K., Levy-Elkon, A. G., Samuels, B., Freres, D. R., Winder, B., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2006). Depression prevention for early adolescent girls: A pilot study of all-girls versus co-ed groups. Journal of Early Adolescence, 26, 110-126. 

Chaplin, T. M. & Cole, P. M. (2005). The role of emotion regulation in the development of psychopathology. In B. L. Hankin, & J. R. Z. Abela (Eds.), Development of psychopathology: A vulnerability-stress perspective (pp. 49-74). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.