Coping And Regulation of Environmental Stress Lab



    - We are currently recruiting 11 and 12 year olds from the Harrisburg, PA area to participate in the Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) Project. For more information, e-mail us at You can also speak to us at 717-745-PENN (English) or 717-OYE-PSU1 (Español). 

    - The CaRES team will be attending a Teacher In-Service day on November 11th at West Perry School District. The team is looking forward to discussing the effects of poverty on youth with teachers.

    - Click on "Projects" for more information about BaSICS and our past studies.

Awards and Recognition

    - The CaRES Lab has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to expand and evaluate the effectiveness of the BaSICS program.

Welcome to the CARES Lab!

Girl with laptopWhat we do!  Our work in this lab focuses on environmental stress and how children and families adapt to it. We are particularly interested in discovering sources of resiliency in children and their families and using this information to build programs to strengthen children and families who face stress. We focus on coping, self-regulation, and family support in our basic and applied research studies.

Basic Research!  Our basic research examines the effectiveness of different forms of coping in buffering against stress. We use several different methodologies to capture these phenomena at multiple levels, and our studies include experiments, structured observations, and physiologic assessments.

Intervention Research!  Our intervention work has involved developing and evaluating prevention programs for families facing significant environmental risks such as poverty and acculturation stress, and using intervention research to further answer and refine basic science questions. Through this intervention reserach, we also hope to gain more information on how to develop highly effective intervention programs for children.

We welcome you to explore our website, find out more about our ongoing research and opportunities, and contact us if you want more information!


CaRES Lab Graduate Students