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The Stress and Sleep Research Lab was established in 2019 and is part of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. The focus of our research, broadly speaking, is on the psychoneuroendocrinology of insomnia and depression. We are interested in the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of these disorders, with the goal of identifying clinically useful markers that may inform future treatment and prevention efforts. More specifically, we are interested in learning more about how psychological and biological responses to stress are related to risk and resilience.

Graduate Students

Dr. Vargas will be not be accepting students for Fall 2024.

In general, applicants who are interested in behavioral sleep medicine (e.g., studying the behavioral, psychological, and physiological factors underlying normal and disordered sleep) are the best fit for our lab. Applicants who are interested in psychoneuroendocrinology (e.g., studying stress hormones as they relate to psychological factors) are also a good fit.

Undergraduate Students

We are currently not accepting applications for new undergraduate research assistants. Thank you!

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