The Stress, Self & Health (STREALTH) Lab
that investigates the role life stress (acute and chronic) and subjective -- self-related - processes in health and illness, both mental and physical. Stress is probably the most serious environmental risk factor for physical and mental illness. The self-concept pertains to the way we experience, think and feel about ourselves. Both stress and self-concept research stands at the crossroad of basic psychological science and the health sciences.
STREALTH is a translational, interdisciplinary research laboratory
Specifically, our research program:
1. Examines the role of stress and self as risk factors for physical
and mental disorders and illnesses, including depression, dissociation, eating disorders, psychosis, pain, and pregnancy-related distress
2. Delineates the role of stress and the self in health-related
behavior such as exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption
3. Examines the reciprocal relationships between stress and self.
To realize our mission, we utilize a host of research methodologies
borrowed from psychological science developmental and experimental psychopathology, epidemiology and public health, and medical sociology.
These methodologies include: prospective-longitudinal designs
and causal modeling techniques, multi-level modeling, Laboratory experiments, and qualitative analyses.
Our theoretical approach is highly life-span developmental, drawing
from human-ecological and eco-developmental theories, and risk-resilience theory. Our developmental focus is on the 2nd and 3rd decade in life, namely, on adolescents and young adults.