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Teresa Marin

picTeresa has a PhD in Health Psychology from the University of British Columba.  Under the supervision of Dr. Greg Miller, her research examined the impact of psychological stress and personality factors on physical health outcomes, with an emphasis on psychobiological pathways.  For example, her dissertation aimed to differentiate the biological impact of acute versus chronic stressors in children and adolescents.  Her findings indicated that the simple presence of an acute or chronic stressor was not reliably associated with biological outcomes, whereas exposure to an acute event in the context of chronic interpersonal stress has a profound biological impact.

Teresa is currently pursuing doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at York University, where she joined the Human Pain Mechanisms Lab in September of 2014.  Her work with Dr. Joel Katz will focus on the relationship between traumatic events and chronic pain, as well as factors that shape this relationship.  She is interested in determining whether specific characteristics of a traumatic event influence whether a person will develop chronic pain following an exposure.  For example, the impact of a traumatic event on chronic pain may depend on factors such as the (a) duration of the exposure (e.g., one-time versus chronic or recurrent), (b) presence or absence of bodily damage or injury, and (c) likelihood that the event was “socially painful’ (i.e., had an element of social loss, humiliation or rejection).  Her first project in the Human Pain Mechanisms Lab will be to exam these research questions in the context of a systematic review.  Teresa holds a Research Studentship through The Ontario Mental Health Foundation.

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Updated on March 22nd, 2015.