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Psychology Matters Newsletter

Research Matters
research By Erika Manczak, PhD
Assistant Professor



It is well-accepted that having a warm, caring parent is associated with positive outcomes for children and adolescents, including fewer depressive symptoms (Schwartz et al., 2013) and better stress-relevant physiological functioning (Carroll et al., 2013). But how might other aspects of parenting and early relationships affect youths' mental and physical health? Read More...

Diversity Matters
By Alex Dufford
Doctoral Candidate



There is increasing evidence that stressful experiences during childhood can have long-lasting relationships with physical and mental health later in life. However, to attempt to mitigate this relationship, there is a need to understand its possible underlying mechanisms. The developing brain has become a recent mechanism of interest as it is both influenced by environmental factors and plays a key role in the maintenance of physical and mental health. Read more...

Major Matters
By Angela Narayan, PhD, Miriam Castillo, and Laura River
PROTECT Lab Director, Research Assistant, and Doctoral Candidate


The PROTECT Lab (Promoting Resilience in Offspring and Targeting Early Childhood Trajectories), directed by Dr. Angela Narayan in the Department of Psychology, is committed to providing undergraduate research assistants with unique research experiences. These include engaging in culturally sensitive research projects and benefitting from a peer mentorship model of training. Current DU senior, Miriam Castillo, has been with the PROTECT Lab since it opened its doors in 2016. Read more...

Alumni Matters
alumniBy Estee Hamo
DU Psychology Alumn, Class of 2017



I was fortunate to pursue Stress Early Experience & Development (SEED) research as an undergraduate at the University of Denver through the Child Health and Development Lab. Through this work, I explored the psychological and physiological effects of stress on young children at higher risk with the goal of improving clinical interventions as well as understanding the underlying biological mechanisms implicated in dysregulated stress reactivity. Read more...

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