Zeiders Research Lab

Katie Zeiders Research Lab

Our Mission:

Stressors, Context, and Health

The Dr. Zeiders Lab investigates the impact of sociocultural stressors on the daily and long-term functioning of youths. Their primary focus is on Latino youth, although their research is not exclusive to this demographic. They identify experiences of ethnic discrimination and stressors associated with the acculturation process. Multiple aspects of stressors are examined, including environmental experiences, appraisals, and physiological responses, which are linked to various aspects of health and functioning such as depression, anxiety, physical well-being, and academic success. The overarching goal of their research is to comprehend how stressors affect youth and under what conditions. Additionally, they consider youths' resources, such as cultural values, ethnic identity, and family relationships, and how these resources may mitigate the effects of stressors on health.

Interested in participating with the Zeiders Research Lab?

Undergraduate honors students are encouraged to join our research team for one year to complete their honor’s thesis.

Katharine (Katie) H. Zeiders, Ph.D.

Professor, Human Development and Family Science

Co-Chair of the Frances McClleland Institute Latinx Family Initiative

McClelland Park Room 235E
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078


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