Dr. Slavich Leads Major Efforts on Belonging, Health, & Resilience

Dr. George Slavich, Founding Director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, has made three major announcements regarding the Lab’s efforts to better understand and foster belonging and promote resilience. The announcements include the publication of a new landmark article that describes an organizing framework for belonging research, the founding of a new scientific journal that will

publish cutting-edge research on belonging and social connection, and the development of a new international network aimed at supporting research, educational, and outreach activities for increasing belonging worldwide.

The new scientific article, titled Belonging: A review of conceptual issues, an integrative framework, and directions for future research, recently appeared in the Australian Journal of Psychology. The article summarizes existing perspectives on belonging, describes a new integrative framework for understanding and studying belonging, and identifies several key avenues for future research and practice. A PDF version of the article can be downloaded from the lab website.

The new scientific journal, titled the Journal of Belonging and Human Connection, will be published by Brill, one of the oldest publishing houses in the world. The journal will have an international audience and include cutting-edge research investigating the roles that belonging, human connection, and loneliness play in mental and physical health, with a particular focus on transdisciplinary perspectives on the topic.

Finally, Dr. Slavich announced the development of a new international network, called the Global Belonging Collaborative. The mission of the Collaborative is to enhance belonging worldwide by providing scientists, teachers, practitioners, and the general public with information, tools, resources, and opportunities to collaborate, network, and share research and resources related to belonging. By conducting this work, the Collaborative will aim to cultivate a universal understanding that belonging is a fundamental need that should be celebrated and promoted by all people and organizations worldwide.

Together, Dr. Slavich’s hope is that these three synergistic initiatives will promote research and foster belonging in order to help reduce disease risk and increase individual and collective resilience worldwide.

Dr. Slavich is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, a Research Scientist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where he is Founding Director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research.

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