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Adolescent Stress and Emotion Lab (Doane)

Keywords:  adolescence; transition to college; stress physiology; sleep; health behaviors; ecological momentary assessment

Lab Research Area:

Arizona Twin Project

Dr. Doane is one of the contributing PIs of the Arizona Twin Project and collaborates with Dr. Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant (founder and PI of the Arizona Twin Project) and Dr. Mary Davis (contributing PI). The Arizona Twin Project is an ongoing longitudinal study designed to elucidate gene-environment interplay underlying the development of risk and resilience to common mental and physical health problems during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. The overarching goal of the Arizona Twin Project addresses a central developmental question – how resilience (the capacity to bounce back following adversity) develops and affects the impact of early risk on child physical health and common mental health disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct problems, anxiety, and depression. The Arizona Twin Project spans individual, family, neighborhood, and sociocultural levels of analysis, with an emphasis on sleep, pain, physiological stress processes, mental and physical health, and academic competence. Importantly, our ethnically (>31% Latinx) and socioeconomically diverse sample is representative of the state of Arizona, thus affording the opportunity to consider the role of culture in the etiology of various child outcomes. In sum, the Arizona Twin Project utilizes behavior genetic methods in order to understand risk and resilience processes that promote healthy development. Dr. Doane is one of the contributing PIs of the Arizona Twin Project and collaborates with Dr. Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant (founder and PI of the Arizona Twin Project) and Dr. Mary Davis (contributing PI).



Dr. Doane is PI of the Transiciones study. Latinos have made large strides in higher education and are now the largest minority group at four-year institutions, but substantial inequalities continue to persist for this group. The transition to college is a critical juncture during which daily experiences (e.g., discrimination), family obligations, and changing life stressors (e.g., academic demands) may influence adjustment and subsequent academic success for Latino youth. Most prior research has only examined Latino youth after they arrive at an institution and has largely ignored day-to-day changes in health (stress hormones, sleep or alcohol use) and perceived stressors that may influence subsequent academic trajectories. In order to address these gaps, the Transiciones study was designed to answer two primary research questions: 1) how do daily stress experiences and health behaviors contribute to successful academic achievement and integration in college for Latino students?  2) Do cultural (e.g., family educational aspirations) or institutional (e.g., participation in Latino-specific programs) resources influence achievement and engagement? We first conducted focus groups with parents and students to identify sources of stress and resources for Latino youth as they transition to college. We then examined daily experiences of Latino youth using daily assessments of stress and health before and after the college transition. Finally, we are studying the influence of daily experiences and health on subsequent academic achievement and integration.


The study of culture in psychology has centered primarily on ethnicity and nationality. In this study we examine a broader definition of culture including social class, region of origin, religion, gender, political culture and many others. In collaboration with social (PI: Adam Cohen), cognitive (Co-PI: Gene Brewer) and quantitative (Co-PI: Kevin Grimm) psychologists, we are using qualitative focus groups, large quantitative surveys, cognitive memory tasks, and ecological momentary assessment techniques to understand: 1) what cultures are important to people; 2) stability of cultural identities; 3) what factors predict variability in cultural identities; 4) how peoples’ cultural identities and their stability or variability predict adjustment. Dr. Doane is leading the year-long ecological momentary assessment of cultural identities across the transition and adjustment to college.


JOIN the LAB!  We are actively recruiting undergraduate research assistants (RAs) for Fall 2019 and beyond and need RAs for our longitudinal research study, "Transiciones." This research will help better understand available resources and potential challenges of Latino high school students and their families as they begin their ASU careers.
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Lab Director & Principal Investigator:  Leah Doane, PhD, Associate Professor

Dr. Doane is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. She is also currently head of the Developmental Area in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Doane received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cornell University and her Masters and Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She also completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Chicago in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. Dr. Doane investigates the physiological mechanisms underlying developmental psychopathology and every day stressful experiences in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. She has training in human development and developmental psychophysiology with expertise in collecting, measuring and modeling physiological markers of stress in both lab and naturalistic settings including measures of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis activity and objective sleep. Through numerous collaborations, Dr. Doane also incorporates culturally- and genetically-informed designs for studying daily associations among socio-emotional experiences, physiology and sleep in the prediction of subsequent health and academic achievement. Further, her newest program of research focuses on these processes in Latino youth and families. Dr. Doane is currently a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar and is funded by the foundation, as well as the Helios Education Foundation, for her work examining cultural influences on the Latino transition to college. She is also supported by the National Institutes for Health (NICHD) for a study examining the social and genetic contributions to children’s sleep, health, and academic success. Finally, she currently serves as co-PI on an Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) grant on cultural identities.

Dr. Doane will be reviewing applications for the 2020/2021 academic year in developmental and clinical psychology.


Graduate Students

Hyejung Park
Emma Lecarie
Michaela Gusman
Saul Castro


Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Michelle Bailey, Jennifer King, Radu Moga, Zoe Lockwood, Kim Valentine. 


Our Alums - Former Undergraduate Research Assistants

Mike Sladek. Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University
Reagan Styles Breitenstein.
Postdoctoral Scholar at Indiana University
Scott Van Lenten.
Analyst, Baseball and Research Development at Washington Nationals
Samer Naseredden
. Psychology with a minor in family and human development; anticipated graduation May 2016
Mitchell Dunkelberger. Psychology with a minor in American Indian Studies and Philosophy; anticipated graduation May 2016
Paige Komarnisky. Psychology, B.S. and Biology, B.S., Honors, 2015
Drew Blasco. Global Health, B.A. and Psychology, B.S., 2015
Adam Mattern Silverman. Biological Sciences and Psychology, Honors, 2015
Lorena Mejia. Psychology with a minor in Spanish, 2015
Jad Ratificar. Kinesiology, B.S., 2015
Margaret Rich. Psychology, 2015
Arryn Guy. Psychology, minor in Philosophy, 2014
Kristen Rudd. Psychology, 2014
Joshua Munoz. Psychology, BA, 2014
Emily Thurston. Psychology Honors, 2013
Matt Angleman. Psychology, BA, 2013
Montgomery Rich. Psychology, 2013
Devon Lathrop. Animal Physiology and Behavior, 2013
Christina Stough. Kinesiology, minor in Psychology, 2013
Kelsey Staudinger. Pre-med Honors, Psychology BS, Biological Sciences BS, Global Health BA, Chemistry minor, 2013
Meagan Jones. Psychology, 2013
Ashley Orozco. Psychology, 2012
Bridget Gilmore. Psychology BA, 2012
Emilia Kowalski. Psychology, Family and Human Development minor, 2012
Jacinda Long. Psychology and Family and Human Development, 2012
Olivia Stull. Psychology BA, 2012
Alheli Lopez. Psychology, BS, 2011
Melanie Rue. Psychology, 2011
Alex Zoloto. Psychology, 2011
Alejandro (Alex) Adame. Psychology, 2011
Tallia Doyle. Psychology and Sociology, 2011

Select Publications since 2016

Below are a sample of recent publications from Dr. Doane's research and lab. A more complete listing may be found in Dr. Doane's CV.  Student co-authors appear with an asterisk*.

In press

  • Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D., Gonzales, N.A., Grimm, K. J., & Luecken, L.J. Latino adolescents’ cultural values associated with diurnal cortisol activity. In press, Psychoneuroendocrinology.
  • Stroud, C.B., Chen, F.R., Curzi, B., Granger, D.A. & Doane, L.D. (2019). Overestimating self-blame for stressful life events and adolescents’ latent trait cortisol (LTC): The Moderating role of parental warmth. In press, Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  
  • Breitenstein, R.S., Doane, L.D., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. Early life socioeconomic status moderates associations between objective sleep and weight-related indicators in middle childhood: Findings from a twin study. In press, Sleep Health.
  • Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D, & Breitenstein, R.S.Daily rumination about stress, sleep and diurnal cortisol activity. In Press, Cognition and Emotion.
  • Berger, R.H., Diaz, A., Valiente, C., Eisenberg, N. Spinrad, T.L., Doane, L.D., Johns, S.K., Thompson, M.S., Hernandez, M.M., & Southworth, J. The association between home chaos and academic achievement: The moderating role of sleep duration. In Press, Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Hagan, M.J., Sladek, M.R., Luecken, L.J. & Doane, L.D. The political is personal: Election- related distress in emerging adults. In press, Journal of American College Health.


  • Miadich, S.A., Doane, L.D., Davis, M.C., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. Early parental positivepersonality and adversity: Associations with children’s sleep. In Press, British Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Stroud, C.B., Doane, L.D., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R.E., Redei, E.E., Craske, M.G., & Adam, E.K. (2019). Cortisol awakening response and additive serotonergic genetic risk interactively predict depression in two samples. Depression and Anxiety, 36, 480-489.
  • Hartman, J., Corbin, W., Chassin, L. & Doane, L.D. (2019). The Comprehensive early drinking history form: A Novel measure of early alcohol exposure. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43(3), 453-464.
  • Stroud, C.B., Vrshek-Shallhorn, S., Norkett, E.M. & Doane, L.D. (2019).The cortisol awakening response (CAR) interacts with acute interpersonal stress to predict depressive symptom onsets among early adolescent girls. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 9-8.
  • Stroud, C.B., Chen, F.R., Doane, L.D. & Granger, D.A. (2019). Early adversity and internalizing symptoms in adolescence: Mediation by individual differences in latent trait cortisol. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 509-524.
  • Lewis, C.R., Henderson-Smith, A., Breitenstein, R.S., Sowards, H.A.+, Piras, I.S., Huentelman, M.J., Doane, L.D., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2019). Dopaminergic gene methylation is associated with cognitive performance in a childhood monozygotic twin study. Epigenetics, 14(3), 310-323.
  • Doane, L.D., Breitenstein, R.S., Beekman, C, Clifford, S.C., Smith, T.+, & Lemery-Chalfant,             K. (2019). Early life socioeconomic disparities in children’s sleep: The Mediating role of the current home environment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(1), 56-70.


  • Rogers, A.A., Updegraff, K.A., Iida, M., Dishion, T.J., Doane, L.D., Corbin, W.C., Van         Lenten, S.A., & Ha, T. (2018). Trajectories of positive and negative affect across the transition to college: The Role of daily interactions with parents and friends. Developmental Psychology, 54(11), 2181-2192.
  • Doane, L.D., Sladek, M.R., Breitenstein, R.S., Park, H., Castro, S., & Kennedy, J. (2018).Cultural neurobiology and the family: Evidence from the daily lives of Latino adolescents. Development and Psychopathology, 30(5), 1779-1796.
  • Breitenstein, R.S., Doane, L.D., Clifford, S.C., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2018). Genetic and environmental influences on sibling conflict and childhood sleep in young twins. Social Development, 27(4), 967-983.
  • Doane, L.D., Sladek, M.R., & Adam, E.K. (2018). Introduction to the neurobiology of cultural experiences. In Causadias, J.M., Telzer, E.H., & Gonzales, N.A. (Ed.s) The Handbook of Culture and Biology: Bridging Evolutionary Adaptation and Development.


  • Chen, F.R., Stroud, C.B., Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Doane, L.D., & Granger, D.A. (2017).Individual differences in early adolescents’ latent trait cortisol: Interaction of early adversity and 5-HTTLPR. Biological Psychology, 129, 8-15.
  • Hilt, L.M., Sladek, M., Doane, L.D., & Stroud, C.B. (2017). State and trait rumination and                 diurnal cortisol patterns in adolescent girls. Cognition and Emotion, 31(8), 1757-1767.
  • Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D., & Stroud, C.B. (2017). Coping and diurnal cortisol among early   adolescent girls: Between- and within-person associations. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(1), 121-135.
  • Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D., Jewell, S., & Luecken, L.J. (2017). Social attentional biases                moderate the association between coping and stress physiology across contexts. Anxiety,         Stress and Coping, 30(1), 66-81.  
  • Diaz, A., Berger, R., Valiente, C., Tao, C., Eisenberg, N., VanSchyndel, S., Spinrad, T.L.,            Doane, L.D., Thompson, M.S., Silva, K.M., & Southworth, J. (2017). Children’s sleep                 and academic achievement: The Moderating role of effortful control. International             Journal of Behavioral Development, 41(2), 275-284.


  • Stroud, C. B., Chen, F. R., Doane, L. D. & Granger, D.A. (2016). Individual differences in                early adolescents’ latent trait cortisol (LTC): Relation to recent acute and chronic stress.
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology, 70, 38-46. [2015 ISI impact factor: 4.704; 5 yr impact factor: 5.183]
  • Stroud, C. B., Chen, F. R., Doane, L. D. & Granger, D. A. (2016). Individual Differences in              Early Adolescents’ Latent Trait Cortisol (LTC): Relation to Early Adversity. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 700-713.
  • Van Lenten, S.A. & Doane, L.D.  (2016). Examining multiple sleep behaviors and diurnal                  salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase: Within-and between-person associations.            Psychoneuroendocrinology, 8, 100-110. 
  • Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D., Luecken, L.J. & Eisenberg, N. (2016). Stress, coping, and                      cortisol reactivity in daily life: A Study of adolescents during the first year of college. Biological Psychology, 117, 8-15.
  • Drake, E.C.+, Sladek, M.R. & Doane, L.D.  (2016). Daily cortisol activity, loneliness, and coping efficacy in late adolescence: A longitudinal study of the transition to college.International Journal of Behavioral Development, 40(4), 334-345.
  • Diaz, A., Berger, R., Valiente, C., Tao, C., Eisenberg, N., VanSchyndel, S., Spinrad, T.L., Doane, L.D., Thompson, M.S., Silva, K.M., & Southworth, J. (in press). Children’s sleep and  academic achievement: The Moderating role of effortful control. In press, International Journal of Behavioral Development.
  • *Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D., *Jewell, S., & Luecken, L.J. (in press). Social attentional biases moderate the association between coping and stress physiology across contexts. Anxiety, Stress and Coping. 
  • Stroud, C. B., *Chen, F. R., Doane, L. D. & Granger, D.A. (in press). Individual differences in early adolescents’ latent trait cortisol (LTC): Relation to recent acute and chronic stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology.