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Research Centre for the Study of Stress Processes and Stress Management is an organized research unit housed within Carleton University. Research on stress, coping, and well-being is becoming increasingly recognized as providing critical information concerning individual, organization, and social health and well-being. Given the complement of research faculty at Carleton University, along with collaborative relations with researchers at the University of Ottawa and the Royal Ottawa Hospital, we are uniquely positioned to take a leading role in this field. For more information go to our website at
Kim Matheson and the Social Diversity Lab are conducting stress-related research on coping and social support. Specifically, social support is regarded as a central to coping with stressful events. This may be particularly true of members of stigmatized groups;indeed stigma itself may be the basis of daily hassles and traumatic events. An inability to deal with negative stereotypes and constant discrimination may be a contributing factor to depression among women, racial minorities, and stigmatized groups such as gays and lesbians. Thus, understanding coping strategies is important to promoting the well-being of members of such groups. Their research looks at coping mechanisms to deal with life events, including women's responses to abuse from intimate partners, women's responses to sexual harassment, coping with the daily hassles associated with discrimination among visible minorities, and dealing with the multiple sources of distress associated with financial strains.
In conjunction with Zul Merali, we have been engaged in assessing the role of peptides (such as bombesin) in regulating eating and satiety processes. The mechanisms underlying these events may be entwined with those associated with anxiety (perhaps this is why stressful events impact on appetite). Indeed, we believe that bombesin may play a critical role in the modulation of limbic "stress circuits".
Understanding how people cope with stressors and how this affects their health and well-being is an important part of our work. As such, we often have a variety of online studies open for participation and reimbursement of efforts following valid completion. If you are interested in learning more about stress and social relationships, or you would like to participate in research on stress, please go to our website at

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