Laboratory of Resilience in Psychological and Physical Health

Jameson K. Hirsch, Ph.D.

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Fall 2019: ATTENTION Potential Ph.D. Students - Yes, Dr. Hirsch is planning to accept a student for 2020, so if your interests match those of the LRPPH lab, please feel free to apply. You may also contact Dr. Hirsch if you have questions.


The Laboratory of Resiliency in Psychological and Physical Health (LRPPH) is based in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University, and is an interdisciplinary and collaborative group of researchers, clinicians and students investigating associations between mental and physical health.

Mind-Body Associations - The Link between Mental and Physical Health: The LRPPH investigates the bi-directional relations between cognitive, emotional and personality characteristics and general health, chronic medical problems, and health behaviors and decision-making.

Positive Psychology and Mental and Physical Health: The LRPPH conducts research to better understand the associations between positive psychological characteristics (e.g., positive emotions, future-orientation) and physical and mental health. Positive health psychology is a primary focuse of the LRPPH lab at this time.

Suicide Research and Prevention: Another focus of the LRPPH is the investigation and prevention of suicide and other forms of psychopathology, including in vulnerable samples such as rural individuals, ethinc minorities, LGBT individuals, older adults, veterans and persons with chronic illness and impairment. Further, we are actively investigating the role of positive psychological factors that might reduce suicide risk.

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