2015 AAPB Webinar 3: Stress: A Modern Epidemic
Presented by Patrick R. Steffen, PhD, BCB, Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, Brigham Young University
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Stress plays a central role in health and wellbeing. A recent prospective study documented that perceptions of chronic stress predict premature death and chronic levels of stress predict higher levels of blood pressure, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and immune dysfunction. The purpose of this webinar is to review the physiology underlying stress, discuss effective ways to assess and measure stress levels, and present methods to effectively reduce stress using empirically validated techniques. A large and growing research literature now demonstrates that stress is a key factor in health and stress interventions should be included as part of integrative health care practice.
Professionals who complete this webinar will gain:
- Learn the basic physiology underlying stress (brain structures, autonomic nervous system, endocrine system)
- Learn how to measure stress by assessing negative life events, stressful mindset, and adaptive and maladaptive coping
- Learn key intervention principles for stress management including progressive muscle relaxation, Autogenics, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and portions of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Patrick R. Steffen's, broad research interests lie in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with specific interests in culture, spirituality, and health. He is particularly interested in the Hispanic Paradox and how disadvantaged groups display resiliency and positive adaptation in spite of significant stressors. He has authored and co-authored articles in Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, and Mental Health, Religion, and Culture; and co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology and the Handbook of Primary Care Psychology. Dr. Steffen is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Brigham Young University. Before coming to BYU, Steffen was a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He received his PhD and master's degrees at the University of Miami in clinical health psychology, and a bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in statistics and philosophy from Brigham Young University.