The Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research collaborates with several organizations and companies to advance the conceptualization and assessment of life stress. Lab director Dr. George Slavich has served as a scientific expert on stress and health for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Aging (NIA), and National Institutes of Health Office of the Director, and he is presently Associate Director of the NIA-supported Stress Measurement Network. Dr. Slavich has also consulted for a number of universities and Fortune 500 companies on issues relating to stress management, workplace productivity and performance, disease risk reduction, and health and well-being promotion. As a lab, we are engaged in ongoing scientific projects with investigators at several institutions across the country, including Stanford University, Harvard University, UCSF, New York University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, Washington University, The Ohio State University, University of Oregon, University of Chicago, Emory University, University of Cincinnati, The Pennsylvania State University, SUNY Stony Brook, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Iowa, among others.
We help universities, companies, organizations, and research investigators conceptualize, assess, and reduce stress by providing services at several levels of support, including: limited consultation (e.g., several hours), short-term support (e.g., several days), long-term support on already-established initiatives or projects, and complete partnerships on new proposals. We can also conduct a stress assessment or management workshop at your university, department, lab, center, or company. Have a question about any of these services? Contact us!
- Limited Consultation: Up to several hours of advice, generally in the form of one or more meetings or conversations to discuss issues related to stress management, study design, data collection, and/or data analysis and interpretation. Complimentary or per-hour fee, depending on degree of involvement requested.
- Short-Term Support: Typically 1-3 days of services, which could include performing a life stress assessment or management workshop or performing a limited number of life stress ratings for a study. Per-hour fee or complimentary, depending on collaborative agreement and extent of services requested.
- Long-Term Support: Involvement in an already-established initiative or project for its duration, which could include ongoing scientific consultation on the assessment or management of life stress and/or performance of the life stress ratings for the project using state-of-the-art interview or computer-based methods. Generally on a percent effort or project consultation fee basis, sometimes as a key personnel.
- Partnership on New Proposals: Working with investigators to prepare new grant proposals, which involves assisting with study design, and helping develop the life stress sections of the proposal text and budget. If funded, involvement includes providing ongoing management of the stress assessment process, assisting with data analysis and interpretation, and helping to prepare manuscripts for publication. Generally on a percent effort basis, as a key personnel.
- Life Stress Assessment Training Workshop: We are available to come to your university, department, lab, center, or company to host a life stress assessment or management workshop that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. Investigators, trainees, and employees alike can benefit from interactive presentations on the conceptualization, assessment, and/or management of life stress. Interview and computer-based methods for assessing life stress are covered, as well as evidence-based methods for reducing individual or workplace stress and improving health and well-being. Hands-on interviewer and/or life stress rater training can also be provided. The workshop content can be project-specific or relatively general, depending on your goals. Brief, online workshops can also be arranged.