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