The relationship of alterations in diurnal cortisol secretion and acute cortisol reactivity to risk for depression and stress sensitization.
Factors associated with stress sensitization including early adversity, personality traits and styles, and chronic and episodic stress. How these factors interact to confer sensitivity to stress and risk for depression.
The Trier Social Stress Test and how various relational factors including Expressed Emotion, social support and attachment, and clinical factors such a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Major Depressive Disorder, might influence cortisol secretion across the task.
Ethnic disparities in diurnal cortisol secretion and acute cortisol reactivity and how they relate to discrimination and racial microagression.
Chronic and episodic stress, and stress generation and how they are related to cortisol secretion using daily diary methodologies and life stress interviews.
Stress reduction interventions (cognitive behavioral, mindfulness/compassion) and their effect on diurnal cortisol secretion.