Stress & Health Lab

Using a biopsychosocial framework, we conduct research at the interface biopsychosocial reflect

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.