Trauma, Social Processes, and Resilience Lab

The Trauma, Social Processes, and Resilience Lab (TSPR) 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're also interested in the ways that acute stress can stimulate social connection and improve psychological functioning, which we describe as "psychosocial gains from adversity" (PGA). Finally, we examine the way screen use and social media can impede social interaction, alter perceptions of others, and affect broad dimensions of psychological functioning. We address these questions in cross-sectional survey, longitudinal field, and experimental laboratory research, using trauma-exposed, normative, and student samples.

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Anthony Mancini, PhD