Associate Professor of Psychology
Michele Tugade earned her B.A. from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She then received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Affective Sciences Laboratory at Boston College. She currently directs the Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at Vassar College, and teaches courses in social psychology, individual differences, and health psychology.
Tugade’s research focuses on the function of positive emotions in the coping process; the mechanisms that promote resilience in the face of stress and adversity; and emotion-related processes associated with health and well-being. She also examines the structure and dynamics of emotional experience and emotion regulation. Her program of research incorporates multiple research methodologies, including laboratory-based experiments, experience-sampling methodology, and psychophysiological measurement procedures.