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My research is about the transdiagnostic implications of knowing (or not knowing) how we feel. I am interested in how the ability to identify one’s own emotions can help a person regulate those very emotions, and how breakdowns in this process relate to various forms of psychopathology. My work currently has three aims: (1) to contribute conceptual clarity about what it actually means to understand what one feels, and how this understanding can be measured; (2) to delineate the mechanisms by which understanding emotions helps to regulate them and promotes mental health; (3) to identify more precisely for whom, and in what ways, understanding emotions is most critical for wellbeing. My multi-method dissertation focuses on the link between difficulties understanding emotions and rumination, a maladaptive emotion regulation strategy that is itself implicated in multiple disorders.