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Professor Awarded NIH Grant

Amy Mezulis, assistant professor of clinical psychology, has been awarded a $400,000 National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award. The grant will fund a research study to understand how abnormal emotional, physiological, and cognitive responses to stress may predict the development of depression in adolescence.

Mezulis and her research team will recruit 120 youth (ages 10-14) and parents to participate in three assessments during a 12-month period. These assessments will include the observation of how youth respond emotionally, physiologically, and cognitively to induced stress, the collection of extensive data on parenting and family backgrounds, and the tracking of the onset of depression symptoms and diagnoses.

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