About Us

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center (IBRC) is an experimental research lab that manages and administers a variety of resources to social and behavioral science researchers at Duke University.

The IBRC is a part of the Social Science Research Institute but is available to all faculty, post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate student researchers in the social and behavioral sciences at Duke University.

Our People

Dr. Patty Van Cappellen

patty [dot] vancappellen@duke [dot] edu

Dr. Van Cappellen is an Assistant Research Professor at the Social Science Research Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2012 from the University of Louvain, Belgium. Her work is in experimental social psychology, investigating Patty is an experimental social psychologist investigating the psychological determinants of well-being and health behavior maintenance. She focuses primarily on two determinants: the experience of positive emotions (e.g., awe, gratitude) and religious/spiritual beliefs and behaviors. To balance her work on the benefits of religion, she also studies whether, how, and when religion promotes intergroup prejudice and aggression.

For more information on her work and publications see her website.

Outside of academia, Patty enjoys horseback riding, discovering new restaurants, and taking in the sun of North Carolina (Belgium is typically gray and rainy). 

To learn more about her research, visit the BABLab website.