Van Doren-Natalia

Natalia Van Doren

PAMT Pre-doctoral Trainee

404 HHD Building
nzv7@psu.edu

Biography

Natalia Van Doren's central research interests involve understanding how culture interacts with individual differences in emotion reactivity and regulation to affect mental health and well-being. For example, her undergraduate research examined the relationship between emotion coherence and well-being in healthy individuals, and showed that greater coherence between physiology (e.g., skin conductance) and self-reported emotions was related to higher life satisfaction. She is interested in following up this project by exploring cultural differences in emotion coherence. Further, she is interested in understanding how different aspects of identity, such as gender and race, may influence emotional expression via cultural norms and expectations. She is currently working on a project that looks at how anger expression may differ in men and women, and what that means for well-being outcomes, such as depression.