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Don Robinaugh

Dr. Don Robinaugh earned his doctorate at Harvard University in 2015, where he studied clinical psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Richard McNally. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Amsterdam and served as an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and the Department of Art + Design.

His research is focused on better understanding the etiology of anxiety and traumatic stress disorders, with a particular focus on how these disorders may operate as complex systems. Through this work, he has seen how data visualization can play a critical role in shaping how we conceptualize psychological phenomena and is interested in how better data visualization practices can be used to strengthen scientific reasoning.

Research/Publication Highlights

  • Robinaugh, D. J., Hoekstra, RHA., Toner, E. R. & Borsboom, D. (2020). The network approach to psychopathology: A review of the literature 2008-2018 and an agenda for future research. Psychological Medicine, 50, 353-366.
  • Robinaugh, D. J., Haslbeck, J., Ryan, O., Fried, E. I., & Waldorp, L. (2021). Invisible hands and fine calipers: A call to use formal theory as a toolkit for theory construction. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 16, 725-743.
  • Robinaugh, D. J., Toner, E. Djelantik, A. A. A. M. (2022). The causal systems approach to prolonged grief: Recent developments and future directions. Current Opinion in Psychology, 44, 24-30.


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  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Harvard University