The main focus of our research is to examine the effects of family violence (e.g. childhood maltreatment, marital conflict, harsh parenting) and community violence (e.g. school, neighborhood) on long term adjustment.
We are particularly interested in examining biological stress response systems, including the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. We do this by examining salivary biomarkers, including cortisol and salivary alpha-amylase, as well as electrophysiological measures, including heart rate, skin conductance, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia.
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