Laura Sockol joined the Psychology Department at Davidson College as an Assistant Professor in 2015, where she is also an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Dr. Sockol graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2007. 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. Before joining the Davidson community, she spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Williams College.
Dr. Sockol’s research focuses on perinatal mental health. She is particularly interested in understanding risk factors for distress during pregnancy and the early postpartum period, as well as identifying characteristics of effective treatments for perinatal psychopathology. In addition to her primary research in perinatal populations, Dr. Sockol manages an ongoing series of projects investigating women’s representation in the field of clinical psychology.
At Davidson, Dr. Sockol teaches courses in abnormal psychology, research methods in clinical psychology, gender and psychopathology, and a capstone seminar for senior psychology majors. During the summer, her course “In Pursuit of Happiness: The New Science of Positive Psychology” is offered through Davidson’s July Experience program.
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.