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Adela C. Timmons

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: AHC1 341

Phone: 305-348-4538


Specialty: Clinical and Quantitative Psychology

Department(s): Psychology

Dr. Timmons’ research examines how childhood stress, trauma, and adversity become biologically embedded and impact physiological reactivity and emotion regulation capacity in the context of close relationships. She is particularly interested in coregulation processes, or how people in close relationships share in their moment-to-moment physiological and emotional states.

To conduct her research, she uses ambulatory assessment methods to capture interpersonal dynamics as they naturalistically unfold in day-to-day life. She is also interested in the development of new technologies and measures for automatically and passively capturing and quantifying interpersonal functioning in real-life contexts. She is currently developing just-in-time adaptive mobile health interventions using machine learning methods and wearable technologies, with the goal of improving mental health outcomes for children, couples, and families. Her research is interdisciplinary, spanning across clinical science, quantitative psychology, and engineering domains. She directs the TIES lab (Technological Interventions for Ecological Systems).



  • BA in Psychology, minor in Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas (2011)
  • MA in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California (2013)
  • Ph.D. in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California (2018)
  • Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow, University of California, San Francisco (2018)

Research Areas

  • Biological embedding of stress, trauma, and adversity
  • Coregulation in close relationships
  • Ambulatory assessment and machine learning methodologies