Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 426–440 | Cite as

Emotion Regulation: A Transdiagnostic Perspective on a New RDoC Domain

  • Katya C. Fernandez
  • Hooria Jazaieri
  • James J. Gross


It is widely agreed that emotion regulation plays an important role in many psychological disorders. We make the case that emotion regulation is in fact a key transdiagnostic factor, using the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) as an organizing framework. In particular, we first consider how transdiagnostic and RDoC approaches have extended categorical views. Next, we examine links among emotion generation, emotion regulation, and psychopathology, with particular attention to key emotion regulation stages including identification, strategy selection, implementation, and monitoring. We then propose that emotion regulation be viewed as a sixth domain in the RDoC matrix, and provide a brief overview of how the literature has used the RDoC units of analyses to study emotion regulation. Finally, we highlight opportunities for future research and make recommendations for assessing and treating psychopathology.


RDoC Emotion regulation Transdiagnostic 


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Katya C. Fernandez, Hooria Jazaieri and James J. Gross declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional review boards where the study was approved. Informed consent was obtained from all individual subjects participating in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katya C. Fernandez
    • 1
  • Hooria Jazaieri
    • 2
  • James J. Gross
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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