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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:

Drawing from developmental psychopathology and biopsychosocial theoretical frameworks, we utilize methods that incorporate self-report and physiological measures (ranging from hormone levels to sleep quality) in naturalistic settings using ecological momentary assessment. Our overarching goal is to understand how day-to-day experiences ranging from loneliness to coping behavior get under the skin to influence physical and mental health outcomes.

JOIN the LAB!  We are actively recruiting undergraduate research assistants (RAs) for Fall 2016 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. More info.



JOIN the LAB!  We are actively recruiting undergraduate research assistants (RAs) for Fall 2016 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.
More info.


Lab Director & Principal Investigator:  Leah Doane, PhD, Associate Professor

Dr. Doane is a member of the developmental faculty and also affiliated with the clinical psychology area. Her research explores the psychophysiological underpinnings of adolescent and young adult everyday stress experiences from a developmental psychopathology theoretical framework. Her research incorporates self-report and physiological methodologies (ranging from hormone levels to sleep quality) from naturalistic settings using ecological momentary assessment. The overarching goal of her research is to understand how day-to-day experiences ranging from loneliness to coping behavior get under the skin to influence physical and mental health outcomes. Dr. Doane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cornell University and her doctoral degree in Human Development and Social Policy from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. She was a research assistant and project director of the Northwestern Sleep and Stress Study for 3 years while at Northwestern (PI: Emma Adam). Dr. Doane Sampey continued as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Kristen Jacobson. Curriculum Vitae.

Graduate Students

Mike Sladek, Doctoral Student, Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology
Within developmental psychopathology and biopsychosocial frameworks, I am broadly interested in the social and emotional development of adolescents as they transition to adulthood. Specifically, I am interested in daily stress and coping processes during the transition to college, particularly for historically underrepresented ethnic minority and first-generation students. I am also interested in examining cultural processes of Latino youth and families that might promote successful adaptation to the college environment. I graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology and minors in political science and Spanish. Although I’m originally from Cedar Rapids, IA, I tend to call Chicago home. 
Master’s Thesis: Everyday Stress and Cortisol Reactivity: Exploring Self-Regulation at the Momentary, Daily, and Trait Level
Reagan Styles, Doctoral Student, Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas (mostly), but spent my undergraduate years at Wofford College in South Carolina pursuing my B.S. in Psychology and playing on the college volleyball team. Prior to ASU, I conducted research with my advisor and professor, Dr. Kara Bopp, studying working memory and focus shifting in college students and older adults. At ASU, I am pursuing my masters and doctoral degrees in Developmental Psychology. I study cultural and social influences on the development of loneliness and depression in adolescent populations. I also work on the Arizona Twin Project with Dr. Lemery-Chalfant and Dr. Doane, examining genetic and environmental influences on sleep, physiology and adjustment during middle childhood.
Master’s Thesis: Familial Relationship and Genetic Influences on Child Sleep Behavior

Scott Van Lenten, Doctoral Student, Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology

My research broadly focuses on psychophysiological mechanisms and relations with psychopathology and sleep related problems. More specifically, my research has examined stress-related diurnal physiological biomarkers (e.g., salivary cortisol, alpha-amylase) and relations with sleep functioning among adolescents. I am also interested in the use of intensive longitudinal methods to model change across significant life transitions, including the transition from adolescence into early adulthood.
Master’s Thesis: Sleep and Stress-Physiology During the First Semester of College: A Multi-System Approach


Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

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


Our Alums - Former Undergraduate Research Assistants

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

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 curriculum vitaeStudent co-authors appear with an asterisk*.

In press
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.  

*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.

*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.

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.    

Doane, L.D., Chen, F. R., *Sladek, M.R., *Van Lenten, S.A., & Granger, D.A. (2015). Latent trait cortisol (LTC) levels: Reliability, validity and stability. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 55, 21-35.

*Sladek, M.R., & Doane, L.D. (2015). Daily diary reports of social connection, objective sleep, and the cortisol awakening response during adolescents’ first year of college. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 44, 298-316.

Doane, L.D., Gress-Smith, J.L., & Breitenstein, R.S. (2015). Multi-method assessments of sleep over the transition to college and the associations with depression and anxiety symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 389-404.

Doane, L.D., & *Van Lenten, S.A. (2014). Multiple time courses of salivary alpha-amylase and dimensions of affect in adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49, 47-53.

Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Wolitzky-Taylor, K., Doane, L.D., Epstein, A., Sumner, J. A., Mineka, S., ... & Adam, E. K. (2014). Validating new summary indices for the childhood trauma interview: Associations with first onsets of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders. Psychological Assessment, 26, 730-740.

Taylor, Z.E., Doane, L.D. & Eisenberg, N. (2014). Transitioning from high school to college: Relations of social support, ego-resiliency, and maladjustment during Emerging Adulthood. Emerging Adulthood, 2(2), 105-115.

Doane, L.D. & Thurston, E. (2014). Associations among sleep, daily experiences, and loneliness in adolescence: Evidence of moderating and bidirectional pathways. Journal of Adolescence, 37(2), 145-154.

Doane, L.D. & Zeiders, K.H. (2014). Negative affect and cortisol in adolescence: The moderating roles of discrimination and social support. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(5), 536-542.

Doane, L.D., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R., Craske, M., Griffith, J. & Adam, E. K. (2013). Are flatter diurnal cortisol rhythms associated with major depression and anxiety disorders in late adolescence?  The role of life stress and daily negative emotion. Development and Psychopathology, 25(3), 629-642.

Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Doane, L.D., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R.E., Craske, M.G., Adam, E.K., (2013). The cortisol awakening response predicts major depression: Predictive stability over a 4-year follow-up and effect of depression history. Psychological Medicine, 43, 483-493.

Zeiders, K.H., Doane, L.D., Roosa, M.W. (2012). Perceived discrimination and diurnal cortisol: Examining relations among Mexican American adolescents. Hormones and Behavior, 61, 541-548.

2011 and earlier
Adam, E. K., Chyu, L., Till, L., Doane, L.D., Duncan, G., Chase-Lansdale, L., & McDade, T. (2011). Adverse adolescent relationship histories and young adult health: Cumulative effects of loneliness, low parental support, relationship instability, intimate partner violence, and loss. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49, 278-286.

McDade, T., Chyu, L., Duncan, G., Till, L., Doane, L.D., & Adam, E.K. (2011). Adolescents’ expectations for the future predict health behaviors in early adulthood. Social Science and Medicine, 73, 391-398.

Doane, L.D., Franz, C., Prom-Wormley, E., Eaves, L., Hellhammer, D., Lupien, S., Lyons, M., Mendoza, S., Xian, H., Kremen, W.S., & Jacobson, K. (2011). Negative emotionality, depressive symptoms and cortisol diurnal rhythms: Analysis of a community sample of middle-aged males. Hormones and Behavior, 60, 202-209.

Zeiders, K., Doane, L.D., & Adam, E.K. (2011). Reciprocal relations between objectively measured sleep patterns and diurnal cortisol rhythms in late adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48, 566-571.

Adam, E.K., Doane, L.D., Zinbarg, R., Craske, M., & Mineka, S. (2010). Prospective prediction of mood and anxiety disorders from diurnal cortisol patterns in late adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 921-931.

Doane, L.D. & Adam, E.K. (2010). Loneliness and cortisol: Momentary, day-to-day, and trait associations. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35, 430-441.

Doane, L.D., Kremen, W.S., Eaves, L., Eisen, S.A., Hauger, R., Hellhammer, D., Levine, S., Lupien, S., Lyons, M., Mendoza, S., Prom-Wormley, E., Xian, H., York, T., Franz, C.E. & Jacobson, K. (2010). Associations between jet lag and basal cortisol rhythms the day after short distance travel. Health Psychology, 29(2), 117-123.

DeSantis, A., Adam, E.K., Mendelsohn, K., & Doane, L.D. (2010). Concordance between reported and actual wake-up times in ambulatory salivary cortisol research: Implications for the cortisol response to awakening. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17(1), 74-78.

Mor, N., Doane, L.D., Adam, E., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R., Craske, M. & Griffith, J. (2010). Within-person variations in self-focused attention and negative affect in depression and anxiety: A diary study. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 48-62.

Hauner, K., Adam, E. K., Mineka, S., Doane, L.D., DeSantis, A. Zinbarg, R., Craske, M., & Griffith, J. (2008). Neuroticism and introversion are associated with salivary cortisol patterns in adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 33(10), 1344-1356.

Adam, E. K., Sutton, J., Doane, L.D. & Mineka, S. (2008). Incorporating HPA-axis measures into preventative interventions for adolescent depression: Are we there yet? Development and Psychopathology, 20, 975-1001.

DeSantis, A., Adam, E. K., Doane L.D., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R., Craske, M. (2007). Racial/ethnic differences in cortisol diurnal rhythms in a community sample of adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 41, 3-13.

In the news and more!

On April 21, 3rd-year doctoral student Mike Sladek met with Congressional staffers in Washington D.C. as part of a Hill visit with APA's Science Student Council to advocate for sustainable increases in federal funding for social and behavioral science research (e.g., NIH, NSF). Mike met with staff in the offices of Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to talk about his NSF-funded research with Dr. Leah Doane in the Adolescent Stress and Emotion Lab at ASU.

Dr. Leah Doane invited to be a Distinguished Panelist at ASU's 2015 Funding Success Skills Series, "The Wonder Years: Professors and Proposals at 1, 5, and 1. 


Congratulations to third-year doctoral student Mike Sladek!  

June 11, 2015. Mike has been selected to serve a 2-year term on the American Psychological Association's Science Student Council, a group of nine graduate students across the nation who advise the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and the APA Science Directorate. The council also connects students with congressional representatives to advocate for psychological science funding. Mike will be the sole representative for developmental psychology, and will be making several trips to D.C. each year for council meetings.

Society for Research in Child Development 
March 19-21, 2015, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Doane mentored 3 presentations at SRCD this year! 

  • Undergraduate research assistant Jennifer King and doctoral students Mike Sladek, Scott Van Lenten, and Reagan Breitenstein presented their poster “Investigating Emerging Adults’ Perceptions of Stress and Interpersonal Connections Using Smartphone Daily Diary Reports.”
  • Second-year doctoral student Reagan Breitenstein presented her paper “Genetic and Environmental Influences on Sibling Conflict and Childhood Sleep in Five-Year-Old Twins.”
  • Second-year doctoral student Mike Sladek presented his paper “Naturalistic Assessment of Daily Emotions, Coping Responses, and Cortisol Reactivity Among Adolescents in the College Context” in a symposium that he and Dr. Doane Sampey co-chaired, “Using Daily Diary Methods to Assess Coping Responses to Stress Among Children, Adolescents, and Parents in Diverse Contexts.”


UPDATE: Congratulations to Leah Doane for being selected WTG Scholar!
Out of the 10 finalists who interviewed with the foundation and expert reviewers in New York City, Dr. Doane was selected as one of five William T. Grant Foundation Scholars. She will receive research support and expert mentoring to expand her work by pursuing her proposed research, “Transiciones: Examining the Latino Transition to College in Support of Academic Equality.” Posted February 2015.

Congratulations to Dr. Doane for being selected as a WTG Scholar finalist! Each year the William T. Grant Foundation selects 10 finalists from across the country who have been identified as promising researchers with interests in reducing inequality. Our very own Dr. Doane has been selected as a finalist for this competitive career development program. Posted October 2014


UPDATE: Congratulations to Paige - her honors thesis was selected as one of three top undergraduate projects this year by the Department of Psychology!

February 2015.  Congratulations to undergraduate research assistant Paige Komarnisky for successfully defending her psychology honors thesis!  Dr. Doane mentored Paige throughout the honors process. Utilizing data from the ASU Transition to College Study, Paige’s honors thesis was entitled “Momentary Associations Among Negative Affect and Cortisol: Is Alone Status a Moderator? Is Social Support a Moderator?”

Shown left: Paige graduating as Psychology's Dean's Medalist for ASU's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


Congratulations to second-year graduate student Scott Van Lenten and fellow developmental psychology graduate student Julia Humphrey for being awarded the 2014 Developmental Psychology Catalyst Grant

ASU graduate students, Julia Humphrey and Scott Van Lenten received the 2014 Developmental Psychology Catalyst Grant to study sleep functioning among children at risk for anxiety disorders. This project will use wrist-based actigraphy to measure children’s sleep over the course of 7 consecutive days. Researchers will compare sleep functioning among children who received an intervention to learn anxiety management strategies and those who did not. Findings will indicate whether tools for coping with anxiety also impact children’s sleep in positive ways, which is important as sleep influences overall physical health, school engagement, and social functioning. Posted September 26, 2014.


Society for Research in Child Development, Special Topics Meeting: Developmental Methodology
September 11-13, 2014,  San Diego, CA

Dr. Doane Sampey mentored 2 presentations:

  • Second-year graduate student Scott Van Lenten presented his paper "Daily Emotion-Stress Physiology Transactions Using a Modified Momentary Ecological Assessment Approach.”
  • Second-year graduate student Mike Sladek presented his poster "Daily Diary Reports of Social Connection, Objective Sleep, and Diurnal Cortisol Activity During Adolescents' First Year of College." 


Association for Psychological Science
May 22-25, 2014, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Doane Sampey mentored 4 poster presentations at APS this year!

  • First-year graduate student Mike Sladek presented his poster “Hispanic Ethnicity and Parent Education Moderate Stress and Coping among College Students.”
  • First-year graduate student Reagan Styles presented her poster “Sibling Conflict Predicts Childhood Sleep Problems in a Longitudinal Study of Twins.”
  • First-year graduate student Scott Van Lenten presented his poster “Peer Support Moderates the Association between Diurnal Cortisol and Depressive Symptoms Across the Transition to College.”
  • Matt Angleman, Kristen Rudd, and Mike Sladek presented their poster “Friend Support Moderates Negative Affect and Salivary Alpha-Amylase Across College Transition.”


Psychology Department ASU Brain Fair for Children 2014

Organized by Psychology’s Dr. Heather Bimonte-Nelson, ASAE lab members had a great time helping (and learning from) young scientists from the area as they took the first step to studying the brain like us at ASU! 


Congratulations to first-year grad student Mike Sladek for being awarded funding from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program!  Under Dr. Leah Doane’s mentorship, Mike’s NSF fellowship will allow him to explore psychosocial stress, cortisol reactivity, and cultural influences among Latino college students at ASU. He plans to approach his research using multiple methods, including assessment of everyday stress and cortisol reactivity in students' naturalistic environments and lab-based stress tasks designed to activate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis stress response. In the long run Mike hopes his research can better inform our understanding of specific barriers and resources for Latino students adjusting to the college environment. Posted April 1, 2014.


Society for Research on Adolescence
March 20-22, 2014,  Austin, TX 

Dr. Doane presented “Momentary Negative Affect and Cortisol in Adolescence: The Moderating Role of Perceived Discrimination” as part of an organized symposium.  Former undergraduate research assistant Emily Thurston presented “Cortisol, Loneliness, and Coping Efficacy in Adolescence: A Longitudinal Study of the Transition to College” as part of an organized symposium.  Former undergraduate research assistant Kristen Rudd presented her poster “Associations Among Subjective and Objective Indicators of Sleep and Depressive Symptomatology Over the Transition to College.”