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We are interested in advancing science in the areas of stress and stress-related outcomes, with particular focus on factors that produce, or reduce, stress, and factors that make stress more, or less, problematic for people. Most of our work has emphasized stress risk and resilience that might be linked to different kinds of personality characteristics, especially perfectionism. We study stress and personality in the lab, with projects examining physiological aspects of stress reactivity, and also conduct studies outside of the lab with projects examining academic, health, and other personal and interpersonal outcomes. Major areas of recent emphasis include: underrepresented college students majoring in one of the science, technology, engineering, and math fields (STEM);  acculturative stress and psychosocial adjustment of international students in the U.S.; cross-cultural and cross-national comparisons of perfectionism measures and the implications of perfectionism; and intervention studies aimed at reducing problematic effects of perfectionism.