Dr. Bennett is an experimental health psychologist whose research focuses on the biopsychosociological antecedents of stress-related chronic disease. She seeks to understand the physiological mechanisms that cause chronic diseases and how individual differences affect chronic disease development as well as how stress management interventions can holistically improve health and well-being. Her lab, StressWAVES BRL, uses mixed methodologies to examine the relationships among emotional and psychological stressors, health behaviors like caffeine use and exercise, and physiological markers such as heart rate variability and systemic inflammation. In addition, she laid the foundation and is director of the Department of Psychological Science's Biobehavioral Core (BBC) Lab. The BBC lab includes a 500 sq ft wet lab, 2 data collection rooms designed for biosafety level 2 data collection, and office space. Through the BBC Lab, faculty and students within and outside of Psychological Science can seek guidance and research collaboration for grant submission as well as research implementation, including data collection and analysis. Given her research expertise, Dr. Bennett currently is the primary instructor for Health Psychology I (HPSY 8200) and Physiological Psychology (PYSC 6113) at the graduate level.
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