New Stress Lab Opens Friday, March 6

The Department of Psychology is ready to to unveil the new Stress Lab on the Gainesville historic campus which features heart rate variability based biofeedback technology developed by the Institute of HeartMath. The lab has four computers for use by Brenau students, faculty and staff with hopes to soon expand it for use by the community. Technology is delivered through computers, handheld biofeedback devices, and through an app. The lab also has about 20 handheld devices used with clients in the BCCPS, students in class settings, and in research studies with a variety of populations.

Invitations to the March 6 Stress Lab Best Practices Round Table, 10-11 a.m., and open house, 11 a.m. to noon,  are limited due to the intimate space. If you have not received an invitation and would like to drop by, please contact office manager Kathy Little at 770-718-5339 or klittle1@brenau.edu. Arrangements for future visits may also be arranged. The lab is located in the rear of the Brenau Center for Counseling & Psychological Services building at 423 Brenau Ave. Enter through the back door on the NEGA History Center parking lot side.

Brenau has partnered with the Institute of Heart Math to conduct a training program and research study in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at the University of Syracuse Business School. This program and study has been made possible in part by funding from the Brenau University President’s Opportunity Fund (BUPOG). Local partners include Lanier Village, the Brenau School of Nursing, and student organizations.

Colleagues and representatives from UNG, GSU, Emory, West Georgia and Clayton State using the HeartMath technology will attend the Best Practices Round Table to share resources and generate ideas on support and collaboration. Some guests will be joining remotely via Zoom, courtesy of the new Mondopad installed in the Stress Lab by the IT department and made possible by the grant Brenau received to update technology on all our campuses.