Amy Hughes Lansing

Amy Hughes Lansing

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Amy Hughes Lansing is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She is a pediatric (child health) psychologist conducting translational research that examines biobehavioral and family processes underlying everyday behavior and emotion regulation and adolescent health. 

  • Dr. Hughes Lansing will be accepting graduate applications for incoming students for Fall 2020. 

Research interests

Lansing's research aims to elaborate and translate the basic biological, developmental, social, and quantitative science of adolescent health behavior into pragmatic and highly scalable biobehavioral public health interventions. Her research examines neural, biobehavioral, and social mechanisms underlying emotion and behavior regulation in the daily life of adolescents with chronic health conditions and adolescents at risk for substance abuse. This work emphasizes the use of advanced technologies and methodologies to examine and intervene in daily health behavior in the family system: mobile (physiological) sensing, intensive longitudinal and dynamic systems modeling, neuroimaging, and technology-delivered interventions. For example, her recent work has included:

  • Examining self-control, intraindividual variation in daily negative affect, and daily blood glucose levels in adolescents with type 1 diabetes via neuropsychological assessment and electronic daily diaries
  • Examining a multicomponent web-delivered intervention targeting self-regulation and family dynamics in adolescents with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes
  • Examining the effects of self-regulation training interventions (e.g., a mHealth cognitive training app and a text-based incentive program) on self-regulatory capacity (via fMRI) and increased exercise (via accelerometer) in youth who are overweight or obese
  • Conducting mobile sensing of real-time patterns of daily emotion and social processes that indicate risk for poor self-regulation and substance use via wristband (heart rate, skin conductance, sleep, activity) and electronic EMAs
  • Examining habit formation and sensory-motor emulation (via fMRI) in adolescents with type 1 diabetes


  • Berg, C. A., Wiebe, D. J., Suchy, Y., Turner, S. L., Butner, J., Munion, A., Lansing, A. H., White, P., Murray, M. (2018). Executive function predicting longitudinal change in type 1 diabetes management during the transition into emerging adulthood. Diabetes Care, 41, 2281-2288.
  • Lansing, A. H., *Crochiere, R., *Cueto, C., Wiebe, D. J & Berg, C. A. (2017). Associations of mother, father, and adolescent self-control with adherence in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Lansing, A. H., Stanger, C., *Crochiere, R., *Carracher, A. & Budney, A. (2017). Delay discounting and parental monitoring in adolescents with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 864-874.
  • Houck, C. D., Barker, D., Hadley, W. Brown, L. K., Lansing, A. H., Almy, B. & Hancock, E. (2016). The one-year impact of an emotion regulation intervention on early adolescent health risk behaviors. Health Psychology, 35, 1036-1045.
  • Lansing, A. H., Berg, C. A., Butner, J. B. & Wiebe, D. J. (2016). Self-control, daily negative affect, and blood glucose control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Health Psychology, 35, 643-651.
  • Lansing, A. H. & Berg, C. A. (2014). Adolescent self-regulation as a foundation for chronic illness self-management. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 1091-1096.
  • Hughes, A. E., Crowell, S. E., Uyeji, L. & Coan, J. A. (2012). A developmental neuroscience of borderline pathology: Emotion dysregulation and social baseline theory. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 21-33.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Utah, 2015
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Utah, 2011
  • B.S., Psychobiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007