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Pietra Bruni

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science

social-emotional expertise; interoception; emotional granularity; social and cultural factors

I am interested in the analysis of non-verbal and interpersonal behavior, especially in studies examining the etiology and treatment of depression, anxiety and related stress disorders. Another research focus centers on the influence emotional regulation techniques have on facilitating and maintaining meaningful social interactions.

Currently, I am working on a project examining whether interoceptive awareness (the sense of the physiological condition of the body) mediates the associations between social-emotional expertise and interpersonal perception. 

Representative Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications --

Bruni, P.T. (in press). Listen to Your Gut: Why the Gut-Brain Connection Matters and How it Can Improve Your Life. APS Observer.

Conference Poster Presentations --

Bruni, P.T. & Bachorowski, J.A. (April 23-25, 2020). How Do We Describe Our Feelings? The Role of Emotional Granularity in Social-Emotional Expertise. Poster accepted for presentation at The Society for Affect Science Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.

Hooper, M.A., Bruni, P.T., Wild, M.G., Tomarken, A.J., & Bachorowski, J.A. (April 23-25, 2020). Gender Bias in the Social-Emotional Expertise Scale: A Differential Item Functioning Analysis. Poster accepted for presentation at the 32nd APS Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Bruni, P.T. & Schlundt, D.G. (October 10, 2019). Effect of an Online ‘Toolkit’ Module to Implement & Assess Learning Goals in Health Psychology. Poster presented at the Gerald S. Gotterer Health Professions Education Research Day, Nashville, TN.

Bruni, P.T. & Bachorowski, J.A. (July 9-13, 2019). Social-Emotional Expertise: Interoceptive Awareness & Person Perception. Poster presented at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Hooper, M.A., Bruni, P.T., Wild, M.G. & Bachorowski, J.A. (July 9-13, 2019). Item Response Theory Analysis of the Social-Emotional Expertise Scale. Poster presented at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Compton, S., Bruni, P.T. & Bachorowski, J.F. (April 20, 2019). Gender Differences in Social-Emotional Expertise & Interpersonal Perception. Poster presented at the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Wulf, T.M., Girard, J.M., Bruni, P.T. & Cohn, J.F. (November 9-11, 2017). Nonverbal indicators of acute distress in women with PTSD. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL.

Bruni, P.T., Girard, J., Wulf, T., Cohn, J. & Benight, C. (April 17-18, 2017). Analysis of Traumatic Stress and Depression Self-Report Measures in a Civilian Population Sample. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Amygdala, Stress and PTSD Conference: Understanding Stress, Bethesda, MD.


Future City Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumna Award – DiscoverE Coalition, 2020

Lisa M. Quesenberry Scholarship – Community Foundation of Louisville, 2019

Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Development Institute Travel Grant – Vanderbilt University, 2019

Gayle Fambrough Fellowship Award, Department of Psychology – Vanderbilt University, 2019

Phi Beta Kappa Society, Xi chapter of Pennsylvania, 2015

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) Voucher

Grant: June, 2018: $1,939.00

Role: Principal Investigator

The Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium (ACC AC) Fellows Program in Creativity and Innovation

Grant: August, 2015; $4,583.20

Role: Principal Investigator