The Lustyk Women's Health Lab      
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The Lustyk Women’s Health Lab is part of the Department of Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. The lab is housed within the research core of Marston Hall. We have several active members all investigating women's health issues. Our lab is equipped to measure psychological, physiological, and neuroendocrine stress responses to various laboratory stressors. Topics being investigated by Dr. Lustyk and her research team include:

  • Interrelationships among menstrual cycle phase, stress, impulsivity, and trait mindfulness in women
  • Cardiac vagal control following stress provocation in substance abusers treated with MBRP
  • Mindfulness meditation effects on cardiac vagal control in women with severe premenstrual symptomatology
  • Brain activation in response to craving and other appetitive cues in femaile alcoholics treated with Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
  • Body Awareness effects on cardiac vagal control in women

Please direct interest regarding the Women's Health Lab to Dr. Lustyk at

Interested research participants, please check out our Rest for Stress study and direct questions to: (206) 281-2541