THE RUSSELL T. JONES STRESS AND COPING LAB
The major aim of the Stress and Coping Lab is to study the effects of diverse traumatic sequelae and the complexities of traumatic stress responses across multiple levels of analysis, including DSM-5 and RDoC. In the past 30 years we have investigated the impact of natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence, with particular attention paid to issues of culture, diversity, and public health. We aim to support and encourage the unique passions and research interests of our students.
VIRGINIA TECH 4/16 SHOOTING
We collected survey data pertaining to traumatic stress as well as a range of psychological and issues in a sample of Virginia Tech students. These data has catalyzed a range of projects spanning symptom-specific analyses, public health issues such as access to care, protective and risk factors, etc. We also collected parallel survey data pertaining to traumatic stress as well as a range of psychological and issues in a sample of Virginia Tech faculty. The process of analyzing this data is still in its beginning stages, and promises to offer the potential for a range of projects spanning symptom-specific analyses, public health issues such as access to care, protective and risk factors, etc.
PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY OF STRESS AND TRAUMA
We are currently engaged in a collaboration with Dr. Bruce Friedman's Mind-Body Lab. The project includes a survey component recruiting an expected sample of roughly 200 VT undergraduates filling out a comprehensive battery of survey questions pertaining to a wide range of psychological disorders, physical health disorders, behavioral health characteristics, substance use, and social characteristics. Additionally, a subset of survey respondents will be brought in for a lab study measuring HRV and startle in a fear-learning paradigm over three time points during a three week span. Planned analyses include: 1) An RDoC-inspired transdiagnostic examination of fear learning, safety signal learning, and retention across DSM fear-related disorders and 2) An RDoC-inspired examination of fear versus anxiety.
THE IMPACT OF HISTORICAL AND SYSTEMATIC TRAUMA ON PEOPLE OF COLOR
SEXUAL ASSAULT TRAUMA
Dr. Jones may be accepting a graduate student to enroll Fall 2020.
UNDERGRADUATE LAB MEMBER
Dr. Jones will be accepting undergraduate lab members for Fall 2019.