Lab News

Working with the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign andWorking with the police in Ontario, Canada

Dr. Andersen, Konstantinos Papazoglou and our Finnish collaborators (Harri Gustafsberg and Markku Nyman) meet with the Ottawa Police regarding resilience promotion among police officers

 Konstantinos Papazoglou wins presigious American Psychological Association, Division 18 Criminal Justice Section Outstanding Student Award, 2014HART Lab research about resilience promotion and stress prevention in police is featured on UTM News

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Dr. Andersen's and Konstantinos' work has been published on the European Police College Newsroom Webpage, September 2013.
To view the article, click here.

Dr. Andersen and Konstantinos Papazoglou have been invited by the Police College of Finland to train police psychologists and health professionals about resilience and health promotion in the face of adversities encountered during police work. The participants of the seminar will come from all over European Union. The seminar will take place on September 2-6, 2013 and is organized by the Police Force in Finland under the auspices of the European Police College (Agency of the European Union).

Dr. Andersen gives a talk at the Royal Canadian Institute. Click here to listen. 

Konstantinos Papazoglou receiving the CIHR Vanier Award, with Judith Andersen. HART Lab research about resilience promotion and stress prevention in police is featured on UTM News

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Dr. Judith Pizarro Andersen,
Lab Director


Welcome to Professor Andersen's Health Adaptation Research on Trauma (HART) Lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga. In our lab, we study the effects of severe and chronic stress on mental and physical health across the lifespan. Our lab is a fully ambulatory psychophysiology lab, which means we are able to measure biological, psychological and social factors in the real world as they happen. There are several themes of research conducted in this lab.



1) Investigating the biopsychosocial mechanisms by which stress impacts health.

2) Intervention research: Using evidenced based strategies, we are fine-tuning resilience based psychosocial treatments to address physical and mental health issues associated with severe and chronic stress. We are applying these interventions in community settings and with groups such as emergency workers and first responders. 

3) Investigating mechanisms that help to explain the health disparities that exist between minority and non minority populations.

To find out more about specific research projects in the lab, click here


Our lab is funded by grants awarded to Professor Judith Andersen from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Connaught New Researcher Award, start up funds from the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research  - Vanier Scholarship (Konstantinos Papazoglou, M. A.)

Below are slides of our recent research collaboration with the Finnish Special Forces Police