Renee Thompson

Renee Thompson

​Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1125
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Renee Thompson’s research centers on understanding the everyday emotional experience in individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. She is principal investigator of the Emotion and Mental Health Lab.

Thompson uses multi-method approaches, including ecological momentary assessment, to examine affective instability and other temporal dynamics of emotional experience. She is also interested in how components of emotion regulation (e.g., emotional awareness) and interpersonal factors (e.g., perceived rejection) affect the emotional experience of depressed, anxious, and healthy samples. 

Selected Publications

  • Bailen, N. H., Koval, P., Strube, M., Haslam, N., & Thompson, R. J. (2020). Negative emotion and non-acceptance of emotion in daily life. Emotion. Advance online publication.

  • Bailen, N. H., *Wu, H., & Thompson, R. J. (2019). Meta-emotions in daily life: Associations with emotional awareness and depression. Emotion, 19(5), 776–787. 

  • Boden, M. T., & Thompson, R. J. (2017). Meta-analysis of the association between emotional clarity and attention to emotions. Emotion Review, 9, 79-85. 

  • Liu, D. Y., Strube, M. J., & Thompson, R. J. (2021). Interpersonal emotion regulation: An experience sampling study. Affective Science.

  • Liu, D. Y., & Thompson, R. J. (2017). Selection and implementation of emotion regulation strategies in major depressive disorder: An integrative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 57, 183-194.

  • Thompson, R.J., Bailen, N., & English, T. (2021). Everyday emotional experiences in Major Depressive Disorder in Remission: An experience sampling study. Clinical Psychological Science. Advance online publication.

  • Thompson, R.J., Springstein, T., & Boden, M. T. (2021). Clarifying emotion differentiation. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. Advance online publication.