Heidemarie Kaiser Laurent

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Program Area: Clinical/Community

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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  • Stress regulation; Mindfulness; Depression; Close relationships

Research Description

What separates people who can thrive in the face of stress from those who succumb to mood disorders?  How do early and later relationships buffer or exacerbate stress vulnerabilities, and how can people learn to respond more adaptively to daily stressors? Dr. Laurent’s research focuses on (1) defining what we mean by stress “regulation” by relating multiple biological (i.e., neural, neuroendocrine, autonomic) and behavioral stress response facets topsychological symptoms and well-being; (2) identifying developmental pathsshaping stress regulation, including prenatal and postnatal influences of parental depression; and (3) determining how practices such as mindfulness can improve stress regulation, and whom such practices are most likely to benefit.  Her work combines stress physiology monitoring, neuroimaging, and/or behavioral observation as people respond to naturalistic stressors that arise within close interpersonal relationships, toward the ultimate goal of interrupting intergenerational cycles of stress dysregulation and depression.


  • Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Journal Articles

  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Katherine Gilliam, Dorianne Wright, and Philip Fisher. "Child anxiety symptoms related to longitudinal cortisol trajectories and acute stress responses: Evidence of developmental stress sensitization." Journal of Abnormal Psychology 124 (2015): 68-79.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Benjamin Nelson, Dorianne Wright, Maria-Alejandra De Araujo, and Sean Laurent. "Dispositional mindfulness moderates the effect of a brief mindfulness induction on physiological stress responses." Mindfulness 6 (2015): 1192-1200.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Laura Stroud, Bridget Brush, Christina D'Angelo, and Douglas Granger. "Secretory IgA reactivity to social threat in youth: Relations with HPA, ANS, and behavior." Psychoneuroendocrinology 59 (2015): 81-90.
  • Rutherford, Helena, Norah Wallace, Heidemarie Laurent, and Linda Mayes. "Emotion regulation in parenthood." Developmental Review 36 (2015): 1-14.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie. "Clarifying the contours of emotion regulation: Insights from parent-child stress research." Child Development Perspectives 8 (2014): 30-35.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Katherine Gilliam, Jacqueline Bruce, and Philip Fisher. "HPA stability for children in foster care: Mental health implications and moderation by early intervention." Developmental Psychobiology 56 (2014): 1406-1415.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Leslie Leve, Jenae Neiderhiser, Misaki Natsuaki, Daniel Shaw, Philip Fisher, and David Reiss. "Stress system development from age 4.5 to 6: Environmental predictors and adjustment implications of HPA stability versus change." Developmental Psychobiology 56 (2014): 340-354.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, and Jennifer Ablow. "A face a mother could love: Depression-related maternal neural responses to infant emotion faces." Social Neuroscience 8 (2013): 228-239.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Sean Laurent, Robin Hertz, Dorianne Egan-Wright, and Douglas Granger. "Sex-specific effects of mindfulness on romantic partners’ cortisol responses to conflict and relations with psychological adjustment." Psychoneuroendocrinology 38 (2013): 2905-2913.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Leslie Leve, Jenae Neiderhiser, Misaki Natsuaki, Daniel Shaw, Philip Fisher, Gordon Harold, Kristine Marceau, and David Reiss. "Effects of parental depressive symptoms on child adjustment moderated by HPA: Within- and between-family risk." Child Development 84 (2013): 528-542.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Leslie Leve, Jenae Neiderhiser, Misaki Natsuaki, Daniel Shaw, Gordon Harold, and David Reiss. "Effects of prenatal and postnatal parent depressive symptoms on adopted child HPA regulation: Independent and moderated influences." Developmental Psychology 49 (2013): 876-886.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Sally Powers, and Douglas Granger. "Refining the multisystem view of the stress response: Coordination among cortisol, alpha-amylase, and subjective stress in response to relationship conflict." Physiology and Behavior 119 (2013): 52-60.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, and Jennifer Ablow. "A cry in the dark: Depressed mothers show reduced neural activation to their own infant’s cry." Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 7 (2012): 125-134.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Alexander Stevens, and Jennifer Ablow. "Neural correlates of mothers’ hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal regulation with their infants." Biological Psychiatry 70 (2011): 826-832.
  • Laurent, Heidemarie, Jennifer Ablow, and Jeffrey Measelle. "Risky shifts: How the timing and course of mothers’ depressive symptoms across the perinatal period shape their own and infant’s stress response profiles." Development and Psychopathology 23 (2011): 521-538.
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.