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Stress effect on health and aging

Project Description

The overarching goal of this laboratory is to develop effective psychological interventions for diminishing patient and caregiver distress and resulting illness through the use of established stress management programs while tracking mechanisms of changes in underlying physiological systems contributing to morbidity including inflammation, the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, and telomere shortening.   The context of these studies includes stress in caregivers of allogeneic stem cell transplants, the impact of racial discrimination on chronic stress and risk for cardiovascular disease in American Indian populations, and the influences of early childhood interventions on improving mother child relationships among underrepresented minorities.   A final research focus is on evaluating biomarkers which predict mood disturbances as well as response to interventions.  

Area of Study

Hematology and Oncology; Neuroscience, Brain and Behavior - Adult


Adults; Infants; Native Americans; Pregnant Women; Women


Clinical Trials; Surveys, Questionnaires, and Psychological Testing; Talking and Behavior Therapies

Disease or Symptom

Cancer; Heart Disease; Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities; Stress



Mentor Location

RC2 Room 3001

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Mentor Name

Laudenslager, Mark

Funding Department/Program

Cancer Center; Psychiatry and Developmental Neuroscience



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Created at 8/20/2015 10:14 AM by Miller, Michael
Last modified at 8/14/2019 12:51 PM by Zoghby, Caitlin