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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation

Amber Arroyo

I am a health psychologist who is very interested in studying the relationship between psychosocial factors and perceived stress on both physical and mental health outcomes. In particular, I study what factors can buffer against the adverse effects of chronic stress, to ultimately protect an individual's health and quality of life.
I am currently studying the effect of drought-related stress on health and wellbeing among the Lake Don Pedro community. The community has dealt with severe drought for many years and their primary water source was recently at just 7% its normal capacity. The results of my study can be used to inform interventions helping the Lake Don Pedro community and others like it that experience extreme water shortages, and consequently, chronic drought-related stress.
I also have two ongoing studies with college students as the sample. The first is looking at what personality traits can act as a protective factor against academic stress, while encouraging academic achievement. The other project is a cross-campus study looking at differences in health outcomes and college success between Latinx college freshmen who choose to live in a culturally themed dorm, compared to Latinx college freshmen who choose to live in a "standard" non-themed dorm.

-UC Merced, 2016-present, PhD in health psychology expected May 2020
-CSU Chico, 2011-2015, B.A. psychology (cum laude), minor Spanish, minor Health & Wellness

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