Are you the mother of a
3 year old or soon-to-be three year old?
Do you often feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster?
Have a history of troubled relationships?
Feel like life is too stressful?


Studies in Treatment of Emotion & Affect Dsyregulation in Youth

The University of Pittsburgh is currently recruiting participants for a research study to learn more about the development and treatment of emotion dysregulation.

Update (3/16/20): In response to escalating concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, we are temporarily pausing recruitment for this research study. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please send us your contact information through the contact portal, or email us at STEADY@pitt.edu, and we will get in touch with you soon. 


Find out more about study eligibility.


Stephanie Stepp


Are you a clinical care provider or organizational leader and believe that this study may be of interest to your clients?

STEADY is looking for individual providers and organizations to form partnerships with and spread awareness of our study.

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Dr. Stepp earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007 and completed postdoctoral training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She is the principal investigator for the STEADY Study and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she has been working with the Pittsburgh Girls Study since February 2009 and is currently the president elect of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD). Her research interests are in risk factors for the development of borderline personality disorder in children and adolescents. She is also interested in statistical methods to model longitudinal data and improve assessment instruments.

Jonae Lloyd

Project Assistant

Jonae graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Jonae worked in the Brain Aging and Cognitive Health Lab with Dr. Erickson at Pitt, while also spending her summers working at the National Institutes of Mental Health in Dr. Rappoport’s Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia Lab. After graduation Jonae joined Family Links, working at their Therapeutic Learning Center, where students in grades k-6 participate in standard school activities and receive mental health treatment. Jonae previously worked as a research specialist for Dr. Stepp’s Emotional and Personality Development Youth Study. While in the lab, Jonae is particularly interested in studying the dynamic interplay between family contexts and child biological vulnerabilities predicting emotion regulation development in children and adolescents. She is currently a project assistant for the STEADY Study.

Harmony Mohr

Project Assistant

Harmony is currently a research project assistant for the STEADY Study. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A in Sociology, as well as certification in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. As an undergraduate, Harmony worked as a research assistant for Dr. Kabirul Islam in the Organic Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She has also worked as a team leader and corps member for the early education program, Jumpstart, in Pittsburgh, PA, as a preschool teacher in Allentown, PA, and as an intern for the Head Start program at Allegheny Intermediate Unit in Homestead, PA. 


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