Positions

Overview

  • The general focus and goal of Dr. Cook's research is the application of psychophysiological methods to improve understanding of psychological and biological factors related to emotion, personality, and mental disorders. Current research uses in the startle response as a tool for exploring changes in emotional and sensory information processing that occur with changes in anxiety and mood. Startle is readily measured from humans in the laboratory, typically as contractions of the muscles surrounding the eye in response to an abrupt noise or airpuff.

    Although startle is a relatively fast and simple reflexive response, its magnitude (roughly equivalent to force or vigor) is altered by emotional state. Thus, startle responses are larger during unpleasant emotional states and smaller during pleasant emotional states. Research conducted in Dr. Cook's laboratory indicates that the degree to which these changes occur varies with personality characteristics (such as fearfulness and tendencies toward dissociative or schizotypal thinking). Complementary findings from other laboratories indicate similar differences among anxiety disordered groups and among psychopaths. Because the neural basis of startle modulation is well-researched in animals, startle modulation abnormalities in humans can be used to suggest neural mechanisms and abnormalities that lead to or are associated with personality problems and mental illnesses. A current project examines this hypothesis using functional neuroimaging.

    Dr. Cook's research has primarily been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, with smaller grants coming from the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Dental Research, as well as the Graduate School and the Center for Neuroimaging Research at UAB.

    Dr. Cook is a licensed clinical psychologist who maintains a small private practice, primarily providing treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.
  • Research Overview

  • Psychopathology, statistics, and emotion
  • Teaching Activities

  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY701 - Prof Issues/Ethics in Psych (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY740 - Adlt Personlty & Psychopathlgy (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY701 - Prof Issues/Ethics in Psych (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY717L - Applied Statistical Methds Lab (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY740 - Adlt Personlty & Psychopathlgy (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY717L - Applied Statistical Methds Lab (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY740 - Adlt Personlty & Psychopathlgy (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY739 - Contemp Iss Clin Med Psych Sem (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY777 - Psychotherapy Practi Shadowing (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY499 - Psychology Honors Thesis (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY739 - Contemp Iss Clin Med Psych Sem (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY790 - Internship in Clinical Psych (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY797 - Clinical Prac in Medical Psych (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • STH301 - Statistics and Design Overview (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY499 - Psychology Honors Thesis (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • STH301 - Statistics and Design Overview (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • PY319 - Cross-Cultural Per on Mental (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • PY420 - Cross-cultural Per on Mental (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • STH301 - Statistics and Design Overview (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY499 - Psychology Honors Thesis (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY499 - Psychology Honors Thesis (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • STH301 - Statistics and Design Overview (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • STH301 - Statistics and Design Overview (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY717 - Applied Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY717L - Lab for Appl. Stat. Methods (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • STH301 - Statistics and Design Overview (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PY740 - Ad Personality/Psychopathology (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Wisconsin System : Madison 1983
  • Master of Social or Behavioral Sciences in Psychology, University of Wisconsin System : Madison 1981
  • Full Name

  • Edwin Cook