Holly Laws is a fourth year Clinical Psychology graduate student at UMass Amherst. Her overarching research interest is in how close relationships influence mental and physical health over time. Holly graduated from Wesleyan University in 2002, and received an M.A. in general psychology from Hunter College, City University of New York, in 2007. In her time at UMass, Holly has become versed in statistical methods appropriate for the analysis of dyadic data, under the mentorship of her primary adviser Aline Sayer. Holly's dissertation will compare three dyadic statistical models of cortisol coregulation in married couples, drawn from Paula Pietromonaco and Sally Powers' larger study of newlywed couples. Holly will use her CRF Fellowship to apply novel dyadic modeling techniques to address the question of how relationship quality predicts cortisol coregulation within couples, under the advisement of Sally Powers.
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