Sarah VelascoProject Specialist, CSS
Stress overload and anxiety in emerging adults
Stress is something that everybody is affected by and I am interested in learning how to combat the negative effects of stress. In particular, I am interested in how people can use their social and cultural capital to support their coping with stress
I first became interested in psychology when I took a semester long course in my junior year of high school and was fascinated by how much there is to learn about human behavior. But I think what really drew me to it was the desire to help people and understand the best ways to do so.
My research mentor and I just published findings that Dreamer (undocumented individuals protected under DACA) students experience higher stress overload levels than citizen students, immigrant students, and ethnic minority students. Dreamers also experience more health symptoms (wholly mediated by stress overload), but equivalent GPAs (partially mediated by stress overload) compared to all other groups. These findings highlight the detrimental effects of stress on health in Dreamers, but also speaks to the incredible grit that they exhibit in maintaining their academic achievement.
People have different sytles of coping with stress and how those effects can impact their health, education, and other important outcomes in overall well-being
How individuals can use their social and cultural capital to improve their well-being. For example one of the recent posters I presented on drew from literature on how having high ethnic identity was a protective factor against substance abuse and other negative outcomes. It would be interesting to design an intervention that teaches people to value their ethnic identity and cultural background and to see whether that improves their lives in different ways.
Qualtrics; EDA measurements (e.g., heart-rate, respiratory, and skin conductance measures)
Paper and pencil surveys (aka self-report measures)
Success is never owned, it is rented, and the rent is due every day.
The nature vs. nurture debate. Are we programmed to be a certain way based on our genetics or is it the socialization and environment that we are raised in that shapes our personalities and behaviors? I think it's a mix of both, but it's interesting to he