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SEED Research Center

Faculty

Sarah Enos Watamura, PhD

Sarah Watamura

Co-Director

Associate Professor
Frontier Hall, Room 159
Phone: 303-871-4130
Email: Sarah.Watamura@du.edu
Website: Child Health & Development Lab

Interests

Dr. Watamura and her research team in the Child Health & Development lab are interested in how young children manage stress and challenge, the consequences stress and challenge pose for their health, and for their developing cognitive and social-emotional systems. Current work in the lab focuses on the unique stresses and buffers in recent immigrant families, and as part of the Buffering Toxic Stress Consortium on validating the construct of toxic stress and offering a promising intervention for mitigating the effects of toxic stress in a sample of young children enrolled in Early Head Start.

Populations: Children birth to age 8, ECE communities, families living in poverty, recent immigrant families

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Ongoing projects

The Family and Child Care Buffering (FCCB) Project is currently focused on understanding the unique stresses and buffers in recent immigrant families, including differences in physiological stress regulation.

The Buffering Environmental Stress Together (BEST) project: As part of the Buffering Toxic Stress Consortium, we are evaluating the construct of toxic stress and testing a promising intervention aimed at buffering children from the effects of toxic stress.

For more information on our research, visit our lab website