Texas Tech University

Stigma, Health, and Applied Research Center

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Research in the S.H.A.R.C. lab is generally concerned with examining how threats to one's self-concept and stigmatization influence self-regulation strategies and, in turn, the affective and physical health of marginalized group members. Currently, we are seeking to better understand the ways in which individuals' identity development process contributes to their substance use behaviors and affective health (e.g., depression, anxiety). This work stems from a process-orientated perspective that considers how peer groups, family environment, and societal factors influence the course and resolution of identity explorations. Other projects examine the ways in which close relationships influence intrapersonal and interpersonal adjustment during times of duress. Generally, researchers involved in our laboratory seek to "know more" about social phenomena relevant for social-emotional development, self-knowledge, and health disparities.