Relationships and Stress Research Lab

        The research being conducted in the Relationships and Stress Research Lab at the Pennsylvania State University is designed to determine causal mechanisms and contextual factors that contribute to the occurrence of psychological and physical aggression in close relationships. A particular emphasis is placed on the ways in which trauma-related psychopathology interacts with early-stage social information processing (e.g., individuals' attention to, and perception of, emotionally and physically threatening social stimuli) to lead to aggression both in intimate and parent-child relationships. This model includes the study of intrapersonal processes (e.g., emotional and neurohormonal system dysregulation) and interpersonal processes (e.g., reciprocal and multiplicative interaction patterns) that may contribute to changes in information processing that are particularly important to the maintenance of adaptive close relationships and recovery from posttraumatic sequelae.

        Additional areas of study in the lab include 1) the relationship context of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how basic research can inform couples therapy approaches to treating both PTSD and relationship aggression, 2) interpersonal, developmental, and biological mechanisms that explain sex differences in aggression perpetration and sex differences in the development of PTSD following trauma, 3) development of innovative research methodologies and assessment techniques, and 4) individual, dyadic, and contextual predictors of the co-occurrence of aggression in intimate and parent-child relationships.

        Research studies currently ongoing in the lab are described in this site (see CIRCLE, LOVE, and CouPLES Studies links above).

Welcome to the Relationships and Stress Research Lab

Relationships & Stress Lab

Director: Amy D. Marshall, PhD

Department of Psychology

140 Bruce V. Moore Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16801

Lab Phone: (814) 863-2696

Fax: (814) 863-7007