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Recent News

  • Have you come here for an argument?
    Check out this debate-style article on the validity of the oppositional defiant disorder diagnosis. Spoiler alert: the answer is in the title! Burke, J. D., Evans, S. C., & Carlson, G. A. (2022). Oppositional defiant disorder is a real disorder.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 27(3), 297-299.
    Posted on July 6, 2023
  • BADCO’s First Graduates!
    Oliver and Olivia, having completed their internships and passed their dissertation defenses, become the first BADCO students to graduate!  Congratulations to our first BADCO emeritus members. 😥
    Posted on July 28, 2021
  • Olivia successfully passes her doctoral defense!
    Félicitations, Dr. Derella! On July 8, 2021, Olivia successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Emotional Characteristics of Irritable Youth and Their Parents: Frustration Reactivity, Distress Tolerance, and the Socialization of Emotion and Coping.” Committee: Jeffrey D. Burke, Ph.D. (Chair) Stephanie Milan, Ph.D. Margaret J. Briggs-Gowan, Ph.D. Readers: Carolyn Green, Ph.D. Karen Seymour, Ph.D.  
    Posted on July 28, 2021

Welcome to BADCO!

The Behavioral and Affective Dysregulation Course and Outcomes (BADCO) lab focuses on describing the etiology, development, outcomes and treatment efforts related to behavioral disorders and irritability.

Work by faculty and graduate student researchers in the lab includes efforts to distinguish irritable and behavioral dimensions of oppositional defiant disorder from childhood through early adulthood, to test emotion regulation skills as both an etiological factor and a target for intervention, to identify factors related to service use and to barriers to service engagement, and to describe the effects of behavioral disorders in different contexts and across a variety of possible outcomes.

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Want to Join BADCO?

Dr. Burke is NOT anticipating taking a new graduate student for the 2023-2024 application cycle.  Please contact him via email at if you have questions.

For more information about UConn’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, and instructions on how to apply, please visit the link below:

UConn Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

Contact Us

Phone: 860-486-1129
Address: Department of Psychological Sciences
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269