Welcome to the Stress and Health Research Laboratory
Department of Psychology, Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 


Research Goals


Is it good for a people to experience and express their emotions, especially those that are related to stressful experiences and conflicts?

Which emotions should be expressed?  When is it healthy to express anger?  Or sadness? Or love?

How can we help people experience and express their emotions?

Will people’s pain and other physical symptoms improve if they do?

Our lab tries to answer these questions. Our primary focus is the interface of stress, emotional processes, and physical health. In particular, we develop and test the health benefits of various ways to experience and express avoided emotions, including writing or talking about stressful personal experiences ("emotional disclosure"), intensive emotion-focused interviews, and various individual and group therapies. We often test these approaches on patients who have chronic pain and other disorders that are “medically unexplained,” such as fibromyalgia, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, low back pain, and chronic pelvic pain. We also compare these approaches to standards in the field, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or relaxation training. An additional focus of our research is to determine for whom different types of interventions are best suited. Thus, we study individual differences in personality and situational variables as predictors of the success of our therapies.

Please see the links above to learn about our lab members and ongoing or recent research.


Our laboratory is headed by Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training in the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Program at Wayne State University.



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