Health and Coping Lab (Luecken)

Health and Coping Lab (Luecken)
Keywords: childhood adversity; cortisol; health; culture; self-regulation
Lab Area
Clinical Psychology
Lab Director
Linda J. Luecken, PhD
Actively Recruiting Undergraduate Researchers
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Research conducted in The Health and Coping Lab examines developmental, cultural, and cognitive influences on stress, coping, and physical health. Our primary areas of focus include women’s health, infant health and development in low resource environments, mediators of physiological stress responses, and the influence of childhood adversity on biological stress systems and physical health in adulthood.

Lab Director and Principal Investigator: Linda J. Luecken, PhD, Professor

Dr. Luecken is a member of the clinical and developmental faculty. Her research interests broadly include health psychology; women and children's health; the impact of childhood adversity on cardiovascular and hormonal stress reactivity; and the biological and health benefits of early intervention. Dr. Luecken's program of research involves studies of perinatal health in low-income and ethnic minority women; long-term physiological and health correlates of childhood adversity; and risk and protective influences on the emergence of biological, behavioral, and emotional self-regulation in low income and ethnic minority children.

Doctoral Students

Shannon Jewell, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology. 

Broadly, Shannon is interested in investigating biopsychosocial moderators of the impact of stress on mental and physical health among ethnic minority populations. For example, Shannon has examined how family support buffers cortisol output among Mexican American postpartum mothers experiencing economic stress. As part of her training, Shannon has gained significant expertise in psychobiological markers such as cortisol and heart rate variability. She earned her B.S. in Psychological Sciences from ASU in 2013, and her M.A. in Psychology from ASU in 2015.

Mariam Hanna, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology. 

Mariam is currently working with Dr. Linda Luecken in the Health and Coping Lab studying families, stress, and health. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include understanding how family relationships can serve as a source of risk or resilience in youth mental and physical health. Currently Mariam focuses on the role of fathers on youth physiological outcomes.

Jennifer Somers, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology.

Jenn is interested in how parent-child relationships are associated with physiological and emotional functioning. Her current research includes examining interactive effects between children’s biology and environment on emotional and social development. Before joining the Health and Coping lab in fall 2015, Jenn worked on a wide range of projects, including studies examining parent-child relationships and children’s stress reactivity and randomized controlled trials of parenting programs for high-risk families. She received her Bachelors in Psychology and English from Pomona College. In her spare time, she enjoys running and trying out new recipes and restaurants.

Lab Alumni

Rika Tanaka, PhD, 2015; University of Toronto
Nicole Mahrer, PhD, 2015; Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Danielle Roubinov, PhD, 2014; UCSF
Jenna Gress Smith, PhD, 2014; VA Medical Center, Phoenix
Melissa Hagan, PhD, 2013; SFSU
Catherine Purdom Marreiro, PhD 2013; Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, California Pacific Medical Center
Amy Kraft Mistler, PhD, 2010, VA Medical Center, Durham NC
Bradley Appelhans, PhD, 2006, Rush Medical Center
Adam McCray, PhD, 2005; VA Medical Center, Phoenix

Select Publications

Below are a sample of recent publications from Dr. Luecken's research.

1.    Lin, B., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Beekman, C., Crnic, K.A., Gonzales, N.A., & Luecken, L.J. (in press). Infant temperamental profiles, cultural orientation, and toddler behavioral and physiological regulation in Mexican American families. Child Development.
2.    Luecken, L.J., Somers, J., & Roubinov, D.S. (in press). Infant biological sensitivity to father engagement in low-income Mexican-American families. Developmental Psychobiology.
3.    Somers, J.A., Luecken, L.J., McNeish, D., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Spinrad, T. (in press). Second-by-second infant and mother emotion regulation and coregulation processes. Development and Psychopathology.
4.    Somers, J.A., Curci, S.G., Winstone, L, & Luecken, L.J. (in press). Within-mother variability in vagal functioning and concurrent socioemotional dysregulation. Psychophysiology. 
5.    Curci, S.G., Luecken, L.J., Perez, M., & White, R.M.B. (in press). Prenatal ethnocultural neighborhood context and the mental health of mothers and children in low-income Mexican American families. Child Development.
6.    Roubinov, D.S., Luecken, L.J., Curci, S.G., Somers, J.A., & Winstone, L.K. (in press). A prenatal programming perspective on the intergenerational transmission of maternal childhood adversity to offspring behavior problems. American Psychologist.
7.    Lin, B., Yeo, A.J., Luecken, L.J., and Roubinov, D.S. (in press). Effects of maternal and paternal postpartum depressive symptoms on infants’ parasympathetic regulatory development in low-income Mexican American families. Developmental Psychobiology.
8.    Roubinov, D.S., Somers, J.A., & Luecken, L.J. (in press). Maternal depressive symptoms, paternal engagement, and infant behavior problems in low-income Mexican-origin families. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 
9.    Ibrahim M.H., Luecken, L.J, Jewell, S.L., Somers, J.A., &. Wolchik, S.A. (2021; early access). Father supportive behaviors and offspring physical health perceptions 15 years after parental divorce. Family Court Review.
10.    Somers, J.A., & Luecken, L.J. (2020 early access). Socioemotional mechanisms of children’s differential response to the effects of maternal sensitivity on child adjustment. Parenting: Science and Practice.
11.    Somers, J.A., Curci, S.G., & Luecken, L.J. (2020 early access). Quantifying the dynamic nature of vagal responsivity in infancy: methodological innovations and theoretical implications. Developmental Psychobiology.
12.    Curci, S.G., Hernandez, J., Luecken, L.J., & Perez, M. (2020). Multilevel prenatal socioeconomic determinants of Mexican American children’s weight: Mediation by breastfeeding. Health Psychology, 39, 997-1006.
13.    Winstone, L., Luecken, L.J., Crnic, K.A., & Gonzales, N.A. (2020). Patterns of family 
negativity in the perinatal period: Implications for mental health among Mexican-origin women. Journal of Family Psychology, 34, 642-651.
14.    Sladek, M. Doane, L., Luecken, L.J.,Gonzales, N., Grimm, K., & (2020). Reducing cultural 
mismatch: Cultural diversity and inclusion reminder reduces Latino students’ stress responses. Hormones and Behavior, 120, 104681.
15.    Sladek, M. Doane, L., Gonzales, N., Grimm, K., & Luecken, L.J. (2020). Latino adolescents’ cultural values associated with diurnal cortisol activity. Psychoneuroendocrinology,
16.    Somers, J.A., Curci, S.G., & Luecken, L.J. (2019). Infant vagal tone and maternal depressive symptoms: A bottom-up perspective. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
17.    Luecken, L.J., Crnic, K.A., Gonzales, N.A., Winstone, L.K., & Somers, J.A. (2019). Mother-infant dyadic dysregulation and postpartum depressive symptoms in low-income Mexican-origin women. Biological Psychology.
18.    Somers, J.A., Luecken, L.J., Spinrad, T., & Crnic, K. (2019). Biological sensitivity to the effects of maternal postpartum depressive symptoms on children’s behavior problems. Child Development, 90, 888-900.
19.    Mahrer, N.E., Holly, L.E., Luecken, L.J., Wolchik, S.A., & Fabricius, W.V. (2019). Parenting style, familism, and youth adjustment in Mexican-American and European-American families. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50, 659-675.  
20.    Davis, M., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Yeung, E., Luecken, L.J., Zautra, A., & Irwin, M. (2019). Interleukin-6 and depressive symptoms: mediators of the association between childhood abuse and cognitive performance in middle-aged adults. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53, 29-38.
21.    Hagan, M., Modecki, K., Moctezuma, L., Luecken, L.J., Wolchik, S., & Sandler, I. (2019). Binge drinking in adolescence predicts an atypical cortisol stress response in young adulthood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 100, 137-144.
22.    Somers, J.A., Jewell, S.L., Ibrahim M.H., & Luecken, L.J. (2019). Infant’s biological susceptibility to the effects of maternal social support: Evidence among Mexican American families. Infancy, 24, 275-296.
23.    Hagan, M., Sladek, M., Luecken, L.J., & Doane, L. (2018 Epub ahead of print). Event-related clinical distress in college students: Responses to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Journal of American College Health.
24.    Coburn, S., Luecken, L.J., Lin, B., Rystad, I., Crnic, K., & Gonzales, N. (2018). Prenatal maternal depressive symptoms predict infant health concerns at twelve weeks. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22, 786-793.
25.    Jewell, S.L., Suk, H.W., & Luecken, L.J. (2018). Modeling longitudinal change in heart rate variability from 6 weeks to 2 years among low-income Mexican American infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 60, 232-238.

Lab News!

Congratulations to Dr. Rika Tanaka (left), 2015 PhD grad from the lab!

Congratulations Dr. Gress-Smith and Dr. Roubinov, the 2014 graduates of the Health & Coping lab!

Dr. Linda Luecken, Dr. Keith Crnic, and Dr. Nancy Gonzales were awarded a 5-year NIH grant "Emerging Regulatory Capacity in low-income Mexican American children." The project began 7/1/2014 and will follow 322 mothers and their babies for at ages 3, 4.5, & 6.

Rika Tanaka received the 2013 APA Div 38 student research award for her poster "Childhood abuse and nighttime systolic blood pressure dip: The mediating role of hostility."

Congratulations Dr. Hagan and Dr. Purdom Marreiro, the newest graduates of the Health & Coping lab!

Cat Purdom received an APA dissertation award to study stress reactivity, cognition, and Type I Diabetes.

Amy Kraft graduated with her PhD in 2010.

Jenna Gress was awarded an NRSA fellowship to study resilience processes in ethnic minority women at risk for postpartum depression.

Amy Kraft was awarded a prestigious American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation project: "Childhood Family Conflict and Physical and Cognitive Responses to Interpersonal Interactions in Adults."