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Adela C. Timmons

Assistant Professor


Office: AHC1 341

Phone: 305-348-4538


Specialty: Clinical Science and Quantitative Psychology

Dr. Adela Timmons (she/her/hers) is the director of the Technological Interventions for Ecological Systems (TIES) Lab. Dr. Timmons' research examines how childhood stress, trauma, and adversity become biologically embedded and impact stress reactivity and emotion regulation capacity in the context of interpersonal relationships. She is particularly interested in coregulation processes, or how people in interpersonal relationships share in their moment-to-moment physiological and emotional states. To conduct her research, she uses both laboratory-based and ambulatory assessment methods to capture relationship dynamics as they naturalistically unfold. 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 and wearables, with the goal of improving mental health outcomes for children, couples, and families. Her research is interdisciplinary, spanning across clinical science and quantitative psychology and engineering domains.

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Research Areas

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


  • PhD in Clinical Science and Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California (2018)
  • Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco (2018)
  • MA in Clinical Science and Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California  (2013)
  • BA in Psychology, minor in Behavioral Sciences Research Methodology, University of Kansas (2011)