Welcome to TEND Lab

We are a group of researchers at San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego that study the development of social and emotional functioning.

New Psychology Professor Pioneers 'The Final Frontier'

While working at SDSU, Wiggins has the opportunity to create her own research program and further her research by scanning children in the MRI.

TEND Lab Receives New Grant!

Dr. Wiggins and the TEND Lab have received the NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, which will support their research over the next two years to investigate irritability in adolescents.

TEND Lab Receives University Grant

Dr. Jillian Lee Wiggins and TEND Lab competed for, and received, the University Grants Program Award from San Diego State University in order to investigate the neural markers of treatment response in children with depression and anxiety.

TEND Lab Member Receives Amazing Scholarship!

TEND Lab member Maria Kryza-Lacombe is one of the first-ever recipients of the Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship.

TEND Lab Work Featured in NIH Newsletter

Irritability (defined as chronic anger and frequent outbursts of temper) is one of the most common and impairing psychiatric symptoms in children.  The temper outbursts of irritable children are often precipitated by frustration at being blocked from attaining a goal. In the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) matrix, irritability would therefore fit under the frustrative non-reward construct in the negative valence domain.

TEND Lab Member Receives Poster Award!

TEND Lab member, Karen Schwartz, won the 2016 Child and Adolescent Depression Special Interest Group (SIG) Poster Award for her poster entitled, “An Exploratory Factor Analysis of Irritability in a Sample of Anxious and/or Depressed Youth”.

TEND Lab Member Receives Another Scholarship!

TEND Lab member, Maria Kryza-Lacombe, received a scholarship to attend the International Symposium of Contemplative Studies in San Diego. The scholarship reduces the cost of registration from $300 to just $50.

When You Look Me In the Eyes... My Brain Doesn't Like It

Breakthroughs in brain research conducted by the TEND Lab at San Diego State University and the University of Michigan may help explain why youths with ASD have trouble with this kind of non-verbal social communication.

No Person is an Island: Kids Affect Moms and Moms Affect Kids' Moods

Research on child irritability levels and maternal depression suggests that there may be a bidirectional relationship between the two.

Inside Out: Harsh parenting interacts with children’s acting out vs. holding in “bad” feelings

Children are extremely impressionable, moldable, and constantly developing. Many things can make a child act out and cause trouble, and many things can make a child sad or anxious. And, sometimes these problems are just a phase, but sometimes they rise to the level of a psychological disorder.

TEND Lab Members Receive Travel Award

TEND Lab members received Student Travel Awards from the SDSU Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience to attend several scientific conferences later this year.

Student Research Symposium

TEND Lab members gave presentations on our hot-off-the-press research findings at the Student Research Symposium, a two-day event put on my SDSU students ranging from undergraduate to master’s and doctoral students to acknowledge research accomplishments and findings.

TEND Lab Published in Journal of Affective Disorders

Dr. Wiggins, Karen Schwartz, and Maria Kryza-Lacombe of TEND Lab recently published a scientific paper in the Journal of Affective Disorders showing that young children at risk for depression and other mental health problems show a distinct neural profile.

They may be resting but their brains aren't: Brain Function in Autism

Research shows that brains of children who have autism work differently when the children are at rest.

TEND Lab Receives 2 Competitive Grants!

Dr. Wiggins and the TEND Lab have received a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute, as well as a grant from the SDSU Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Center, to do brain imaging with teenagers with irritability.