What I do
I am an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Denver's Department of Psychology and Stress, Early Experiences, and Development (SEED) Research Center.
Childhood; Adolescence; Stress; Health; Biopsychology
- Ph.D., Child Development, University of Minnesota, 2016
- BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2011
1. Elucidating mechanisms between childhood psychosocial stress and health across the lifespan from basic biological processes to social, emotional, and cultural processes.
2. Identifying specific targets for intervention and identifying individuals who have the greatest need for interventions that improve mental and physical health following early psychosocial stress.
3. Creating interventions that decrease risk for inflammation-related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and depression following early psychosocial stress.
4. Considering the role of nutrition in the development of mental and physical health problems in the context of chronic stress.
Understanding the development of social buffering and whether we can enhance social buffering to promote resilience following early psychosocial stress.
Areas of Research