K. Lira Yoon

K. Lira Yoon

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Northwestern University 

  • Clinical

(574) 631-0779


Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Cognition, Emotion & Emotional Disorders (CEED) Lab

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The interplay between cognition and emotion in the context of psychological disorders, especially depression and anxiety disorders.


Dr. Yoon’s research program focuses on the interplay between cognition and emotion in the context of psychological disorders, especially depression and anxiety disorders. Her research program attempts to integrate biological and psychological lines of inquiry to gain a better understanding of the roles that cognitive processes, emotion regulation, and stress reactivity play in the onset and maintenance of depression and anxiety. To this end, Dr. Yoon pursues several interrelated lines of investigation. These include studies of biased processing of emotional stimuli (e.g., attention, interpretation, etc.) and of mechanisms underlying such biases (e.g., working memory), stress reactivity (e.g., cortisol, heart rate variability, etc.) and emotion regulation.

Recent Publications

Yoon, K. L., Yang, J. W., Chong, S. C., & Oh, K. J. (2014). Perceptual sensitivity and response bias in social anxiety: An application of signal detection theory. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38, 551-558. doi: 10.1007/s10608-014-9619-7.

Yoon, K. L., LeMoult, J., & Joormann, J. (2014). Updating the emotional content in working memory: A depression-specific deficit? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45, 368-374.

Yoon, K. L., Maltby, J., & Joormann, J. (2013). A pathway from neuroticism to depression: Examining the role of emotion regulation. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 26, 558-572. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2012.734810

Kwon, H. I., Yoon, K. L., Joormann, J., & Kwon, J. H. (2013). Cultural and gender differences in emotion regulation: Relation to depression. Cognition and Emotion, 27, 769-782. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.792244

*Yang, J. W., *Yoon, K. L., Chong, S. C., & Oh, K. J. (2013). Accurate but pathological: Social anxiety and ensemble coding of emotion. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 572-578. doi: 10.1007/s10608-012-9500-5
*equal contribution: co-first authorship

Yoon, K. L., & Quartana, P. J. (2012). Post-evaluative biases toward somatic stimuli and physiological responses in social anxiety. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 34, 451-457. doi: 10.1007/s10862-012-9302-9

LeMoult, J., Yoon, K. L., & Joormann, J. (2012). Affective priming in major depressive disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 6:76. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2012.00076

Yoon, K. L., & Joormann, J. (2012). Stress reactivity in social anxiety disorder with and without comorbid depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 250-255. doi: 10.1037/a0025079

Yoon, K. L., & Joormann, J. (2012). Is timing everything? Sequential effects of rumination and distraction on interpersonal problem solving. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 165-172. doi: 10.1007/s10608-010-9330-2

Craner, J. R., Sigmon, S. T., Martinson, A. A., & Yoon, K. L. (2012). Experiential avoidance and attention to emotional stimuli. International Journal of Advances in Psychology, 1, 68-73.