Trauma, Social Processes, and Resilience Lab

The Trauma, Social Processes, and Resilience Lab (TSPR) tries to answer that and other critical questions about the impact of potentially traumatic events on our functioning. Headed by Anthony Mancini, PhD, the TSPR lab conducts original research on how people cope with—and successfully adapt to—significant life stressors. These stressors may be acute and outside the range of usual human experience, such as bereavement, traumatic injury, terrorist attack, natural disaster, and military deployment, or more normative experiences that most of us will confront at some time, such as divorce, unemployment, childbirth, romantic break-ups, and academic stress. We’re particularly interested in the different ways that people respond to acute stress, the role of social factors in our adaptation, and individual differences that contribute to successful adaptation, including stress appraisals, emotion regulation, and dispositional coping strategies. We address these questions in longitudinal field studies and in the laboratory, using both trauma-exposed and normative samples.

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