Pregnancy Initiative (Mascot: Pregnancy Penguin)

A current focus is a collaboration between the ADEPT lab and a local OBGYN office on the pregnancy initiative. We are assessing pregnant women on different variables (disgust, depression, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, sleep etc.) across the pregnancy and initial pot-partum period to assess any potential changes across this often difficult transition and work to integrate screening measures into a specialty clinic.

Disgust and Anxiety


The Disgust and Anxiety research is an ongoing project conducted in collaboration with the SITH lab. Broadly speaking, we are looking at the potential relations between disgust sensitivity (assessed via self report and behavioral tasks, anxiety symptoms (assessed via both self-report and clinical interview) and individual differences (e.g. anxiety sensitivity, behavioral inhibition/activation, difficulty in emotion regulation).


The research in the ADEPT lab broadly fits into the following domains: Anxiety, Depression, Emotion, Personality and Temperament. 




One of Dr. Maack's interests is the much understudied (and surprisingly more common than one would think) problem of emetophobia: fear of vomiting. Prevalence estimates of emetophobia range between 1.7 and 3.1% for men and 6 and 7% for women yet few empirical data are available regarding this specific disorder. Emetophobia is considered to be a chronic problem with early onset, and it often produces clinically significant distress and impairment in social and other areas of functioning. This is one of the constructs of interest in the ADEPT lab.