Barbara J. Lehman
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My research bridges the areas of social, health, and developmental psychology. My most recent work examines cardiovascular and emotional reactivity to stressful life events. Using both ambulatory and laboratory methodologies, my students and I are working to understand emotional, coping, and social support mechanisms by which stress produces heightened or dysregulated physiological reactions. My areas of particular interest include child and adult family environment, experiences with social evaluative threat, socioeconomic status, social support, mindfulness meditation, optimism, and ruminative processes.