Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

The Vanderbilt Stress and Coping Lab

Jesup Hall

Jesup Hall


Our  research is focused on understanding how children, adolescents, and parents  cope with stress and adversity in their lives.   Findings from our basic studies of coping are translated into the  development and testing of preventive interventions to enhance coping and  adaptation and to improve the emotional and physical health of children and  families.  We study psychological,  biological, and interpersonal processes in stress and coping using a wide range  of methods including interviews, questionnaires, direct observations of  behavior, assays of stress biology, and neuroimaging.  Our current work is focused on two groups faced with significant stress: children of parents with a history of major depressive disorder, and children with cancer and their parents.

Our  research laboratory is located on the second floor of Jesup Hall on the Peabody  Campus of Vanderbilt University.