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Intense stress and trauma are all too common. The Couple Adjustment to Stress and Trauma (CAST) Lab is committed to enhancing our understanding of the impact of acute stress and trauma on intimate relationships.

   More than surviving - thriving!

CAST Lab Director: Christina Balderrama-Durbin, Ph.D.

Recent News


Congratulations to Dana Ergas, first-year graduate student in the CAST Lab, on receiving the 2017-18 Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant for her research on stress-related growth in those from marginalized sexual orientations. 

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Check out our latest article on the development of a comprehensive measure the Deployment Communication Inventory (DCI) in the Journal of Family Psychology.  [DCI measure




Join the Lab


The CAST Lab continues to grow and is excited to have two new outstanding graduate students, Eileen Barden and Dana Ergas, join our lab family! The lab also has a largely new crop of stellar undergraduate RAs: Kianna Beckles, Jennifer Howard, Kathryn Kelly, Moriah Martindale, Mauricio Montes, Blondyne Mukoko, Leanna Poole, Reema Shah, and Brett Silverstein. 


Last Updated: 7/17/18