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Psychology Doctoral Student Receives UTSA Presidential Dissertation Award

May 12, 2015

Kristin Wilborn, a third year doctoral student and member of the inaugural cohort of the Psychology PhD program, recently received UTSA's Presidential Dissertation Award. This competitive award for $2,000 will be used to fund Wilborn's dissertation research. Her study examines how a promising targeted Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction intervention may differentially reduce symptomatology associated with anxiety and mood disorders following exposure to adult onset trauma compared with exposure to childhood trauma in a sample of females residing in local San Antonio shelters for victims of domestic violence.  Additionally, her dissertation proposes to expand current research by examining how the relationship between trauma, Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis dynamics and risk for symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders may be differentially mediated by emotional regulation following exposure to childhood trauma. Working with a community population in need of this targeted intervention will not only benefit the field of study, but will also contribute to the important relationship that UTSA has with the community.

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