About

The HART lab is a fully ambulatory psychophysiological laboratory. That means that we have equipment to measure physiologocial signals and biological processes associated with stress and health both in the lab setting and in the real world. We use a variety of devices to measure psychophysiological processes while individuals are engaging in real world activities and encountering stressful situations.

RESEARCH THEMES

  1. First responder resilience and health – Intervention Science
  2. Training standards for de-escalation and Use of Force among law enforcement
  3. Trauma related health disparities and resilience among minority and non minority populations

Some examples of the things we study and how we study them include:

Heart rate variablity: We use the biometric measurement tools to measure an individual’s psychophysiological responses (e.g., sympathetic and parasympathetic activity) as they engage in activities of daily life. A great benefit of this equipment is that it can capture reliable physiological signals even during high intensity situations.

We also measure other physiological signals such as blood pressure and stress hormones including cortisol.

We gather psychosocial responses using a daily diary equipment where people can record their thoughts and feelings on a small electronic device, which is as easy as entering information on an app downloaded on a smart phone.