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.

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Psychological Stress

Course of ante-and postnatal depressive symptoms related to mothers' HPA axis regulation

Laurent, H. K., Goodman, S. H., Stowe, Z. N., Halperin, M., Khan, F., Wright, D., Nelson, B. W., Jeffrey Newport, D., Ritchie, J. C., Monk, C. & Knight, B., May 1 2018, In : Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 127, 4, p. 404-416 13 p.

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Examining morning HPA axis activity as a moderator of hostile, over-reactive parenting on children's skills for success in school

Lipscomb, S. T., Becker, D. R., Laurent, H. K., Neiderhiser, J. M., Shaw, D. S., Natsuaki, M. N., Reiss, D., Fisher, P. A. & Leve, L. D., Jul 1 2018, In : Infant and Child Development. 27, 4, e2083.

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Executive Function

Infant HPA axis as a potential mechanism linking maternal mental health and infant telomere length

Nelson, B. W., Allen, N. B. & Laurent, H. K., Feb 1 2018, In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 88, p. 38-46 9 p.

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Mental Health

Mindfulness-related differences in neural response to own infant negative versus positive emotion contexts

Laurent, H. K., Wright, D. & Finnegan, M., Apr 1 2018, In : Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 30, p. 70-76 7 p.

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