Michael Sun

My work pertains to phenomena relevant to emotion regulation, including but not limited to cultural influences, reinforcement learning, and pain. I aim to use a contemporary neuroscience perspective to understand healthy and unhealthy emotion regulation, with an emphasis on translational research and clinical application.


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  • B.A. University of Washington
  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
  • APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship: Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System

Selected Publications

  • Sun, M.*, Marquardt, C.*, Disner, S., Burton, P., Davenport, N., Lissek, S., & Sponheim, S. (2020). Posttraumatic stress symptomatology and abnormal neural responding during emotion regulation under cognitive demands: Mediating effects of personality. Personality Neuroscience, 3, E9. doi:10.1017/pen.2020.10 * denotes equal contribution

    Sun, M., Rith-Najarian, L., Williamson, T. J., Chorpita, B. (2018). Treatment features associated with youth cognitive behavioral therapy follow-up effects: meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2018.1443459

    Sun, M., Lau, A. S. (2018). Exploring cultural differences in expressive suppression and emotion recognition. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(4), 664-672. DOI: 10.1177/0022022118763749

    Sun, M., Vinograd, M., Miller, G., Craske, M. G. (2017). Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Emotion Regulation. In C. Essau, S. Leblanc, & T. Ollendick (Eds.), Emotion Regulation and Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    Tsai, W.*, Sun, M.*, Wang, S. W., Lau, A. S. (2016). Culture and emotion expression: Daily and trait interpersonal and intrapersonal functioning between Asian and European American college students. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 7(1), 52. DOI: 10.1037/aap0000043 * denotes equal contribution