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Donald Robinaugh


Assistant Professor

Applied Psychology

Research Interests

Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, grief


Dr. Robinaugh’s work is focused on investigating the complex systems that give rise to anxiety and traumatic-stress disorders, especially prolonged grief. The premise of his work is that mental disorders are massively complex phenomena that arise from a host of interacting biological, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental factors. To understand these complex systems, Dr. Robinaugh utilizes a broad set of tools from psychology, systems science, and art + design, including dynamical systems modeling, network psychometric modeling, and computational phenotyping, with particular focus on applying these tools with time series data collected in the laboratory, in extended reality, and in ecological momentary assessments.

Selected Publications

Robinaugh, D. J., Hoekstra, R., Toner, E. R. & Borsboom, D. (2020). The network approach to psychopathology: A review of the literature 2008-2018 and an agenda for future research. Psychological Medicine, 50, 353-366.

Robinaugh, D. J., Haslbeck, J., Ryan, O., Fried, E. I., & Waldorp, L. (2021). Invisible hands and fine calipers: A call to use formal theory as a toolkit for theory construction. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 16, 725-743.

Robinaugh, D. J., Toner, E. Djelantik, A. A. A. M. (2022). The causal systems approach to prolonged grief: Recent developments and future directions. Current Opinion in Psychology, 44, 24-30.

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