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Gruber, June

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  • June Gruber is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado and Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory, and was previously an Assistant Professor at Yale University. She received her Ph.D. and B.A. from the University of California Berkeley and was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University where she received the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty. Dr. Gruber has and has published over 140 articles and chapters and has co-authored Psychology, 14th edition and edited two books including the Oxford Handbook of Positive Emotion and Psychopathology and Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides. Her research focuses on positive emotion and reward-related disturbance in psychopathology with a focus on bipolar and mood-related difficulties. Dr. Gruber’s is engaged in science outreach and dissemination of the science of emotions and mental health, co-leading a call to action centered on the mental health crisis sparked by COVID-19. Her work has been recognized by several early-career awards including the Association for Psychological Science’s Rising Star Award and the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, the Society for Research in Psychopathology's Early Career Award, and two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards.


  • affective science, psychopathology, happiness, well-being


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courses taught

  • PSYC 3131 - Human Emotion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023 / Spring 2024
    Introduces students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of human emotion. Evolutionary theories of anger, love and disgust; emotion and morality; cultural and gender differences; emotion and the brain; relation between emotion and thinking; development of emotion; and abnormal emotions in mental illness.
  • PSYC 3303 - Abnormal Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2024
    Examines etiological, theoretical, clinical,diagnostic, and experimental perspectives of major mental health disorders, with an emphasis on the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria associated with these disorders.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 4541 - Special Topics in Psychology- Social Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Examines individual or social dimensions of human behavior. Students will develop expertise in basic theories, as well as in measurement techniques and data interpretation regarding issues of societal significance. Students will consider applications of that knowledge, ranging from the development of new theory to solving problems. Particular section content is determined by instructor. PSYC 4541 and/or PSYC 4551 may be taken 3 times with different topics, for a total of 9 credits
  • PSYC 5131 - Affective Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Core graduate course on affective science and fulfills APA Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior Requirement. Introduces students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of human emotion. Evolutionary theories of emotions; cognitive and behavioral aspects of emotion; neurobiological mechanisms; development of emotion; and psychopathology and emotion.
  • PSYC 5433 - Adult Psychopathology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2024
    Intensively surveys major theories, research findings, and behavioral characteristics associated with deviant reaction patterns. Instructor consent required.
  • PSYC 7703 - Seminar: Clinical Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2023
    Selected topics in the area of clinical psychology. May be repeated up to 21 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.


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