Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
234 Health and Human Development Building
Introduction & Projects
"I aim to support stress resilience and flourishing in families, as well as building nurturing relationships within and across communities to promote the well-being of all."
Heidemarie Laurent's interdisciplinary work aims to discern what allows some people to thrive in the face of stress while others succumb to mental or physical disorder, and to help people learn to respond with greater resilience to stressors in their lives and relationships.
As head of the Personal Relationships, Interpersonal Stress, and Mindfulness (PRISM) lab Dr. Laurent investigates:
- what constitutes stress “regulation” by relating multiple biological (i.e., neural, neuroendocrine, autonomic) and behavioral stress response facets to psychological symptoms and well-being;
- developmental paths shaping stress regulation, including prenatal and postnatal influences of parental stress and mental health; and
- how practices such as mindfulness and compassion can improve stress regulation, and whom such practices are most likely to benefit.
Her work combines stress physiology monitoring, neuroimaging, and/or behavioral observation as people respond to naturalistic stressors that arise within close interpersonal relationships, toward the ultimate goal of interrupting intergenerational cycles of stress dysregulation and disorder.