Research Overview

 

My research is broadly in the area of clinical health psychology.  I currently have two active research streams.

1) Adjustment & positive outcomes in rehabilitation populations –I have most recently conducted studies examining post-traumatic growth in individuals with limb amputations and social participation in individuals with MS.  I am currently conducting a study examining the positive and negative psychological effects of Parkinson’s Disease.

2) Resiliency in college students – This multi-institution project (Duke, Davidson, Furman, and Johnson C. Smith University) is supported by the Duke Endowment to study college student response to stress and resiliency.  While it is widely recognized that the transition to college is stressful, this study’s goal is to identify student characteristics that are associated with positive adjustments to college life, such as resilience, self-efficacy, optimism, and self-compassion. We are collecting longitudinal survey data from students at all 4 institutions for 4 years measuring a variety of demographic, biological, emotional, and behavioral constructs.  We are currently beginning to collect our last year of data.   Ultimately, this project will inform campus-wide interventions to reduce student stress and increase resiliency.

If you are a student and interested in joining in on one of these areas, then send me an email at lastutts@davidson.edu.

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