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Understanding Mental Health and Disease across Generations

Please note that we are in the process of moving the lab to our new home at Penn State University. We will continue to conduct studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus until the end of August 2022. If you're interested in staying connected, please be sure to visit our new site (address coming soon!).

The Personal Relationships, Interpersonal Stress, and Mindfulness (PRISM) lab is a research group headed by Dr. Heidemarie Laurent, Assistant Professor in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Clinical-Community Psychology program. We study the development of stress regulation and dysregulation within families from a biopsychosocial perspective that involves attention to the brain and peripheral physiology, as well as individual and dyadic behavior. Our ultimate goal is to understand links in the chain by which stress-related mental disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety) are transmitted across generations, and to guide early screening and intervention to prevent such transmission.

Ongoing Studies

Learn more about the research happening in the PRISM Lab

Women and Infants' Stress and Health (WISH) Study

Seeking women less than 32 weeks pregnant.

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Coping with it All from Labor to Maternity

Seeking women less than 28 weeks pregnant.

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Our Team

Meet the amazing folks keeping the PRISM Lab running.

Interested in joining? We'd love to hear form you! Send us an email or give us a call.

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