Heidemarie Kaiser Laurent, Assistant Professor

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Research Interests

What separates people who can thrive in the face of stress from those who succumb to mood disorders? How do early and later relationships buffer or exacerbate stress vulnerabilities, and how can people learn to respond more adaptively to daily stressors? Dr. Laurent’s research focuses on (1) defining what we mean by stress “regulation” by relating multiple biological (i.e., neural, neuroendocrine, autonomic) and behavioral stress response facets to psychological symptoms and well-being; (2) identifying developmental paths shaping stress regulation, including prenatal and postnatal influences of parental depression; and (3) determining how practices such as mindfulness can improve stress regulation, and whom such practices are most likely to benefit. Her work combines stress physiology monitoring, neuroimaging, and/or behavioral observation as people respond to naturalistic stressors that arise within close interpersonal relationships, toward the ultimate goal of interrupting intergenerational cycles of stress dysregulation and depression.

Creative/Performing Interests

Stress regulation; Mindfulness; Depression; Close relationships

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Research Output 2006 2019

Assessing the Impact of Mindfulness and Life Stress on Maternal Well-Being

Khan, F. & Laurent, H. K., Jan 1 2019, In : Mindfulness. 10, 1, p. 26-35 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Psychological Stress

Challenges in Characterizing the “Mommy Brain”

Laurent, H., Apr 3 2019, In : Parenting. 19, 1-2, p. 94-96 3 p.

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Childhood abuse predicts affective symptoms via HPA reactivity during mother-infant stress

Kern, S. & Laurent, H. K., Sep 2019, In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 107, p. 19-25 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Affective Symptoms

Maternal stress and social support prospectively predict infant inflammation

Nelson, B. W., Wright, D. B., Allen, N. B. & Laurent, H. K., Jan 1 2019, In : Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Salivary Proteins and Peptides
Social Support
C-Reactive Protein
Mental Health
Affective Symptoms
Intimate Partner Violence