The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences



Bruna Martins-Klein, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain. Her research 
explores the psychological and biological mechanisms that support
emotional resilience in late-life. She also studies poor emotion regulation brain networks in disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, and adjustment to chronic illness.

Dr. Martins-Klein plans to investigate the formation of connections between current stressors and previous life experiences, and how they may facilitate coping and reinterpreting stressful situations. Her team will look at how adapting thoughts/beliefs, attention, awareness of physical sensations, and recalling life experiences (autobiographical memory) can help regulate emotions and build resilience. She hopes to inform intelligent design of late-life therapy interventions to address emotion dysregulation, geriatric mood disorders, and promote longevity.