New Stress Lab Now Open

The Department of Psychology opened its Stress Lab doors Friday, March 6 with an open house for faculty and staff from Brenau, Clayton State, Emory,  UNG and Georgia State University. Guests tried out the interactive games that measure an individual’s cardiac coherence on the lab’s Mondopad and four computer stations​ as well as their handheld portable biofeedback units for stress management on the go. The Stress Lab features heart rate variability based biofeedback technology developed by the Institute of HeartMath and is located in the rear of the Brenau Center for Counseling & Psychological Services building at 423 Brenau Ave. in Gainesville.

“It’s great to teach students self-care, and then they can apply that to their clients,” said Jennifer Wilson, an adjunct instructor​ at Brenau. “They really did a wonderful job creating this lab.”

“Susan Baumann and I been working on this new lab since August 2013, and we did the first pilot studies with Dr. Zayas. That included phone mentoring with female veterans,” said Pamela Corsentino​, a graduate student in the clinical counseling program.

Brenau has partnered with the Institute of HeartMath 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 have been made possible in part by funding from the Brenau University President’s Opportunity Fund.  Local partners ​in other studies ​include Lanier Village, the Brenau School of Nursing, and student organizations.

This corrects some misidentifications in a previous post.