Researcher Profile

Elizabeth Hayden

Elizabeth Hayden


BMI Core Member


Contact Information:
(519) 661-2111 x80348
WIRB 5122

Research Areas

Clinical neuroscience

Cognition and behaviour

Computational brain sciences

Development and aging

Motivation, emotion and arousal


I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from SUNY Stony Brook, where I worked with Dan Klein. During my time as a graduate student, I developed an interest in the relationship between temperament and mood, particularly in terms of how individual differences in emotional experience confer risk for the development of mood disorders. My training ingrained in me the value of approaching this question from a variety of perspectives; thus, my research has included child and adult samples, as well as patient and community populations. I also developed an appreciation of the importance of multi-method assessments of complex constructs and the use of longitudinal methods within a developmental psychopathology framework.   

Temperamental risk for mood disorders undoubtedly derives some basis from underlying genetic processes, and for my postdoctoral training, I was eager to increase my understanding of molecular genetics. Therefore, after receiving my Ph.D., I completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine, where I worked with John Nurnberger , Jr. My postdoctoral training emphasized the role of genetic mechanisms in temperamental differences in emotions and affective disorders risk.   

I have worked at Western since joining the Psychology Department in 2005. I joined the Brain and Mind Institute as a Principal Investigator in 2012, and as of July 2015, I am a full professor in psychology. My current research continues to aim at characterizing the mechanisms by which temperament confers risk for mood disturbances, taking a perspective informed by developmental processes.