The Vanderbilt Stress and Coping Lab


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.

Participate in our Parents & Adolescents Coping with COVID-19 Related Stress Study:

We are conducting a study about stress and emotions families may be experiencing with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for parents who have at least one child between the ages of 10 and 17. Interested parents can use the following REDCap link to complete a brief interest form:

A member of our research team will contact interested parents to conduct a brief telephone interview (5 minutes) to determine study eligibility.