Laura Sockol joined the Psychology Department at Davidson College as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Dr. Sockol is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and her predoctoral psychology internship at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University.
Dr. Sockol’s research focuses on perinatal mental health, particularly risk factors for symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the early postpartum period and effective treatments for perinatal psychopathology. She is also interested in gender differences in responses to other potentially stressful life events, such as breakups of romantic relationships and college seniors’ transition to the workforce.
At Davidson, Dr. Sockol teaches courses in abnormal psychology, gender and psychopathology, research methods in clinical psychology, and a capstone seminar for senior psychology majors. She has also taught courses in introductory psychology and positive psychology at the college level and courses in English and psychology at the high school level. Dr. Sockol earned her secondary education certification in English and the social sciences at Bryn Mawr College.
Dr. Sockol’s clinical interests include the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, particularly among women experiencing problems related to reproductive transitions (pregnancy, postpartum, PMDD, and menopause).