Department of Psychology, Northeastern University
Dr. Quigley's basic science work examines the psychophysiological correlates of affective experience including emotions and stress, the role of interoception in affective experience, and how the body and brain work together to construct our affective experience. She is an experimental psychologist and psychophysiologist with more than 25 years' experience conducting research with a wide range of measures and samples, including people who have experienced negative functional impacts after major life events. She is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and a Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She was formerly an Associate Editor for Psychophysiology, where she is currently a Consulting Editor. She is also on the editorial board for the new journal, Affective Science. In early work, she co-authored a model for quantifying and assessing autonomic control of cardiovascular responses during stressors in animals and humans, including in early life, and validated noninvasive indices of autonomic control of the heart for use in children and adults. New work focuses on better understanding the wide variation across people and contexts in how physiological features can map to affective experiences. To enable this work, she developed a new physiologically-triggered experience sampling method. Other work focuses on the role of biological features (such as energy regulation) and contextual features (such as exposure to major stressful life events) in shaping affective experience. In her applied work, she uses health technology as a means to intervene and enable positive lifestyle change, with the goal of improving health outcomes such as sleep, physical activity, and pain.