Daniel Bradford

Asst. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-8057
Locator Code:
0751

 
About

About Me

Dr. Daniel Bradford started in January 2020 as a new assistant professor in the department of psychology. His program of research takes a multi-measure experimental psychopathology approach to better understand the role of stress reactivity in mental health. His research focuses on psychological processes at the interface of affect and addiction. He uses novel experimental tasks with precise manipulation of laboratory stressors, pharmacological challenges and psychophysiological measures that allow tight translation between animal and human research. This approach builds on preclinical findings in animals to identify specific stressor characteristics and neurobehavioral, cognitive, and affective mechanisms of reactivity to stressors key in the understanding of stress reactivity in human psychopathology. This mechanistic understanding may provide novel targets for prevention and treatment of the negative impacts of acute and chronic drug use as well as comorbid anxiety and depression.

He is also passionate about the empirical refinement of psychophysiology methods and the improvement of clinical psychological science broadly. As such, another branch of his research involves empirical studies designed to demonstrate and increase the robustness and reliability of psychophysiological tasks and measures, so researchers can continue to refine them to maximize their utility in study of affect and psychopathology. He also pre-registers his studies and shares his data processing and analysis code openly.

 

Career

Education

2019Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of Wisconsin Madison
2010M.S. Clinical Psychology University of Wisconsin Madison
2007B.A. Psychology Auburn University

Professional Experience

2020 - Faculty, Adult Division, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
2019 - 2020Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School
2019 - 2019Internship, Clinical Psychology, McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School
2019 - 2019Clinical Fellow in Psychology, McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Research

Research Interests

A multi-measure experimental psychopathology approach to better understand the role of stress reactivity in mental health with a current focus on the psychological processes at the interface of affect and addiction.

How and under what circumstances commonly used drugs reduce reactivity to stressors.

Probing for evidence for neuroadaptations in stress circuits.

Empirically based improvement of psychophysiology and psychological science

Selected Publications

Bradford, D.E., Motschman, C.A., Starr, M.J., Curtin, J.J. (2017). Alcohol’s effects on emotionally motivated attention, defensive reactivity, and subjective anxiety during uncertain threat. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(11), 1823-1832.doi:10.1093/scan/nsx095

Bradford, D.E., Shapiro, B.L., Curtin, J.J. (2013). How bad could it be? Alcohol dampens stress responses to threat of uncertain intensity. Psychological Science, 24(12), 2541-2549. doi:10.1177/0956797613499923