Applied Mind and Health Laboratory
The laboratory takes a biopsychosocial approach to investigating the relationships among social-cultural variables, emotions, cognitions, physical health and psychological well-being. Our goals include:
- advancing understanding of how psychological states and social environments lead to health and disease
- disseminating and applying health psychology research to real world settings
- educating relevant stakeholders including educators, students, parents, and policy makers on the importance of psychosocial factors for promoting health.
Integrating emotional, socio-cultural and developmental perspectives, our work focuses on examining the biological, social and individual correlates of physical health and psychological well being. We take a bio-ecological systems theory approach, which argues that multiple environmental and individual subsystems play important roles in influencing children’s development.
We approach these studies through the lens of the cultural-fit hypothesis, which emphasizes the person-situation interaction and highlights how psychological processes may vary across cultures and contexts. This understanding would lead to different solutions to the same problems of healthy adaptation and development, as well as acknowledging different strengths.
Link to Dr. Doan's selected publications.
We are recruiting research assistants! If you are interested in volunteering in our lab and interested in learning about how the social environment affects health and well-being, please contact us!
email: sdoan at cmc dot edu