Jeffrey Girard

Assistant Professor
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Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Research Areas: Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Girard studies how emotions are expressed through verbal and nonverbal behavior, as well as how interpersonal communication is influenced by individual differences (e.g., personality and mental health) and social factors (e.g., culture and context). This work is deeply interdisciplinary and draws insights and tools from various areas of social science, computer science, statistics, and medicine.


Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical) University of Pittsburgh
M.S., Psychology (Clinical) University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Psychology & Philosophy, University of Washington



Teaching Interests
  • Statistics and Machine Learning
  • Data Science and Programming
  • Research Methods and Practices
  • Psychological and Clinical Assessment
  • Personality and Psychopathology
Teaching Interests






Research Interests
  • Affective Communication
  • Interpersonal Functioning
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Affective Computing
  • Technology in Psychology 


Selected Publications

Selected Publications

• Girard, J.M., Vail, A.K., Liebenthal, E., Brown, K., Kilciksiz, C.M., Pennant, L., Liebsen, E., Öngür, D., Morency, L.P., & Baker, J.T. (in press). Computational analysis of spoken language in acute psychosis and mania. Schizophrenia Research.
• Van Oest, R., & Girard, J.M. (in press). Weighting schemes and incomplete data: A generalized Bayesian framework for chance-corrected interrater agreement. Psychological Methods.
• Girard, J.M., Cohn, J.F., Yin, L., & Morency, L.P. (2021). Reconsidering the Duchenne smile: Formalizing and testing hypotheses about eye constriction and positive emotion. Affective Science. 2(1), 32-47.
• Girard, J.M., Wright, A.G.C., Beeney, J.E., Scott, L.N., Lazarus, S.A., Stepp, S.D., & Pilkonis, P.A. (2017). Interpersonal problems across levels of the psychopathology hierarchy. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 79, 53–69.
• McDuff, D., Girard, J.M., & el Kaliouby, R. (2017). Large-scale observational evidence of cross-cultural differences in facial behavior. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 41(1), 1–19.
• Girard, J.M. & Cohn, J.F. (2015). Automated audiovisual depression analysis. Current Opinion in Psychology, 4, 75–79.
• Girard, J.M., Cohn, J.F., Jeni, L.A., Sayette, M.A., & De la Torre, F. (2015). Spontaneous facial expression in unscripted social interactions can be measured automatically. Behavior Research Methods. 47(4), 1136–1147.
• Girard, J.M., Cohn, J.F., Mahoor, M.H., Mavadati, S.M., Hammal, Z., & Rosenwald, D.P. (2014). Nonverbal social withdrawal in depression: Evidence from manual and automatic analyses. Image and Vision Computing, 32(10), 641–647.