Dan is interested in understanding the psychological and brain characteristics that make certain individuals more resilient to the effects of chronic and traumatic stress. He uses behavioral, peripheral physiological, and neuroimaging methods to understand why and how different individuals experience potentially stressful events in dramatically different ways. He also conducts mechanistic behavioral intervention research, primarily using mindfulness-based interventions, in an effort to provide individuals with skills and strategies to increase stress resilience, and uses these studies to test hypotheses about underlying mechanisms of stress resilience.
B.A., Psychology, St. Olaf College (2005)
Ph.D., Psychology, Individualized Graduate Major with emphasis on the Neurobiology of Affective Pathology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2013)
How do people experience emotions over a period of time and what does that say about their resilience and well-being?
The goals of this work are to understand the impact of mindfulness training on police officer well-being and the well-being of people negatively affected by policing.
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.