Lindsey Knowles

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I am a clinical student working with Mary-Frances O’Connor in the Grief Loss and Social Stress Lab. My interest in chronic stress began at Columbia University where I studied the effects of early life adversity and earned my BA in Psychology in 2008. Subsequently, I joined Teach For America to combat the disparity in quality of education that compounds the effects of early life adversity and fosters a cyclical state of paralysis in many low-income communities. I taught high school English in Tolleson, Arizona from 2009 to 2011. My desire to conduct research on the effects of chronic stress precipitated my transition to the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. I worked as a research associate for Julienne Bower, PhD in the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA on two projects: (1) investigating the efficacy of a mindfulness-based intervention for breast cancer survivors and (2) examining biological and psychological risk factors for post-treatment fatigue in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition, I served as study coordinator for Randye Semple, PhD at the University of Southern California on a pilot study of a mindfulness-based classroom stress management program called Mindfulness Matters. As an advocate of educational equity and the welfare of underserved youth, I also worked as a part-time clinical assessor in the Child Focus on Innovation and Redesign in Systems and Treatment (FIRST) laboratory of Bruce Chorpita, PhD at UCLA. In the Child FIRST lab, my colleagues and I initiated research on the impact of chronic stressors on treatment in our ethnically and economically diverse study population. During this time, I also earned my certification in mindfulness facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. I currently facilitate mindfulness as a volunteer staff member for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). My current research interests include the relationship between chronic stress and mental & physical health outcomes, specifically in the areas autonomic arousal and immune dysregulation. At this time, I am focused on bereavement because of the wide-ranging emotional responses to this specific and profound life stressor.

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