Elizabeth Raposa

Assistant Professor

Office: Integrated Science Center, Room 1159
Phone: 757-221-3889
Email: [[ebraposa]]
Website: {{http://ebraposa.blogs.wm.edu}}

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. in Psychology (with distinction) and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

I investigate how early life stressors influence trajectories of development, with a particular focus on biological (e.g., inflammation, HPA axis functioning) and social (e.g., peer selection, social stress reactivity) processes that are implicated in risk for physical and mental health problems. In addition, I am interested in how close relationships with parents, peers, or others might mitigate the negative impact of early stressors on youth. One line of my research tests the effectiveness of interventions that attempt to harness the power of close relationships, such as mentoring, and explores adjustments that could improve the impact of these interventions.

Interested in doing undergraduate research in the Raposa lab?  Fill out an application form on the lab's website: ebraposa.blogs.wm.edu

Representative Publications

Raposa, E. B., Laws, H. B., & Ansell, E. B. (in press). Prosocial behavior
mitigates the negative effects of stress in everyday life. Clinical Psychological Science.

Raposa, E. B., Hammen, C., Brennan, P., & Najman, J. (2015). Characteristics of close friendships in young adulthood as a pathway from early adversity to depressive symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44(5), 742-750.

Raposa, E. B., Hammen, C., Bower, J., Brennan, P., & Najman, J. (2014). A developmental pathway from early adversity to inflammation: The role of negative health behaviors. Psychological Science, 25(6), 1268-1274

Raposa, E. B., Hammen, C., Brennan, P., & Najman, J. (2014). The long-term effects of maternal depression: Early childhood physical health as a pathway to offspring depression. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54, 88-93.

Raposa, E. B., Hammen, C. L., Brennan, P. A., O’Callaghan, F., & Najman, J. M. (2013). Early adversity and health outcomes in young adulthood: The role of ongoing stress. Health Psychology, 33(5), 410-418.

Courses Taught at William and Mary

PSYC 318 Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 356 Health Psychology

PSYC 422 Behavior Modification

PSYC 668 Proseminar in Clinical Psychology