Stress & Health Lab
Using a biopsychosocial framework, we conduct research at the interface
of psychological trauma, stress, and emotion. Our overarching goals include understanding how
psychological trauma is connected to mind-body health, translating this knowledge to
prevent health problems in trauma-exposed individuals,
and sharing our knowledge to educate others about these topics.
Current research projects address:
- Conceptualization and measurement of trauma in the interest of improving clarity about connections between trauma and mental and physical health. We focus on lifespan trauma, interpersonal trauma, and domestic violence.
- Identification of mind-body mechanisms connecting stress and trauma to health risk. Mind-body mechanisms are those that transcend traditional boundaries between mental and physical health.
- Discovering ways to target mind-body mechanisms to prevent health problems in trauma-exposed individuals.