News

The BEAMS Lab is an active and prolific research community whose work is recognized in public outlets and by other professionals in the field. Read more about our news, including announcements, awards and features in national and international press outlets.

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Awards & Announcements

BEAMS doctoral student Sam Scott's first-authored paper "'I hate this': A qualitative analysis of adolescents' self-reported challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic" was recently accepted in The Journal of Adolescent Health. We also want to congratulate Sam for receiving an Inclusive Excellence Fellowship from the Office of Global Education at DU.

Our principal investigator, Erika M. Manczak, PhD, named a 2020 Public Impact Fellow by the University of Denver, has received multiple grants:

  • 2020–2022 PROF Grant from the University of Denver to support research examining the role of lipids in adolescent depression
  • NARSAD Early Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Institute to investigate social and cellular contributors to depression in adolescents
  • Small Grant for Early Career Scholars from the Society for Research in Child Development for a project titled "Fetal Embedding of Depression Risk: Investigating the Role of Cellular Inflammation."

In the News

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    Relational Victimization and Telomere Length in Adolescent Girls: A Conversation With Dr. Erika Manczak, Society for Research on Adolescence

    For #MustReadMonday, this article highlights one of Manczak's articles and interviews her about her research exploring relational aggression in adolescent girls.

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    Cholesterol At Birth Could Predict Later Psychological Health, Newsweek

    Highlighting research conducted by Erika Manczak and Ian Gotlib of Stanford University, this piece explores the relationship between high cholesterol and psychological health in infants.

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    Being Empathic Is Good, But It Can Hurt Your Health, Washington Post  

    This exploration of the health impacts of empathy cites research from many sources, including a co-authored study from the BEAMS Lab about the ways parental empathy affects parents.

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    Having Kids Radically Reshapes Parents' Immune Systems, Huffington Post  

    This piece cites research Erika Manczak conducted during her time at Northwestern University, showing that parents with a high empathetic response to their children's depression also experienced inflammation in their immune systems.

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    Good News! Being A Good Parent Probably Won't Physiologically Destroy You, Slate  

    This piece highlights and explores a study Erika Manczak authored while at Northwestern University, exploring the benefits of empathy for children and the elevated risk markers that can emerge for parents.

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    How Empathy Benefits Children, But Could Be Bad for Parental Health, How Stuff Works  

    This piece also cites Manczak's work from Northwestern University, focusing on why parents should seek to establish time for themselves and time for their children.

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