Larisa Gavrilova

Health Psychology
Research Interests: 

Larisa is a doctoral student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on mind-body connections studying how stress affects health. Specifically, she investigates how different types of cognitions (e.g., worry, brooding, reflection) may create and/or extend stress response. Larisa is interested in investigating both direct and indirect mechanisms to explain how stress may impact one’s health. In looking at direct mechanisms, she investigates how stress impacts physiology (cardiovascular, endocrinological biomarkers). For indirect mechanisms, she is interested in uncovering the impact of stress on health behaviors (e.g., physical activity, sleep, diet). She also has a special interest in mindfulness and its effects on health. In pursuing these goals, she has an interest in better developing the operational definitions, methodology, and analytic techniques used to uncover these relationships.

Psychology Chair
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Psychology Graduate Group Chair
Jan Wallander, Professor
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