Eric S Allard
 Title: Interim Chair & Assoc Prof
 Dept: Psychology
 Office: UN 259
 Phone: 216-687-2531,  216-687-2531
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UN 259, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
aging, emotion regulation, motivation, well-being, eye tracking, psychophysiology
Ph.D., Social and Developmental Psychology, Brandeis University, 2010
M.A., Social and Developmental Psychology, Brandeis University, 2007
B.A., Psychology, University of Sioux Falls, 2004
Brief Bio:
Dr. Allard received his BA in psychology from the University of Sioux Falls and his Masters and PhD in social and developmental psychology from Brandeis University. Prior to his faculty appointment at CSU in 2014, Dr. Allard spent 4 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston College.

Dr. Allard's research broadly focuses on emotion and cognition links throughout adulthood and old age. Of particular interest is how emotion regulation processes are maintained or improve as we grow older and how these regulatory capacities generally influence adjustment and well-being.

Dr. Allard's research utilizes a variety of methodologies. These primarily include the use of eye tracking technology to examine how attention patterns influence individuals' experienced and desired emotional states. Psychophysiological assessment of emotional experience is addressed primarily through EDA, HRV, and pupilommetry measures. Dr. Allard has also published research implementing neuroimaging (namely fMRI) techniques.

Dr. Allard is a core member of the Adult Development and Aging PhD and Experimental Research Programs at CSU.
Research Interests:
Dr. Allard's research broadly focuses on the cognitive and motivational components of emotional processing and regulation throughout adulthood and old age. Various lines of research focus on how younger and older adults differ in their information processing preferences for emotional information in the environment. This is primarily assessed through attentional preferences for affective material and what those specific preferences mean in terms of emotional functioning and regulation for individuals at different ages.

A related line of work addresses age differences in the effective execution of particular cognitive emotion regulation strategies. For instance, are certain strategies more relied upon or more useful for individuals at different ages? These emotion regulation processes are addressed primarily from a hedonic orientation (i.e., desires to feel good and avoid feeling bad). However, emotion regulation efficacy includes the modulation and effective use of myriad emotional states to accomplish everyday goals. Thus, additional research examines how older adults effectively engage in "utilitarian" emotion regulation (i.e., regulation that can include the amplification of negative affect to attain a particular goal in the moment).
Teaching Areas:
PSY 101
PSY 200
PSY 317
PSY 339
PSY 710
PSY 716
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Science
Gerontological Society of America
Professional Experience:
Editorial Board: Frontiers in Psychology: Emotion Science, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences

Ad hoc reviewer: Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition; Aging and Mental Health; Brain Imaging and Behavior; Brain Topography; Emotion; Experimental Aging Research; Gerontology; International Journal of Psychology; PLoS ONE; Psychology and Aging; The Psychological Record; Scientific Reports