Elizabeth Kwon Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Health Science 

About Dr. Elizabeth Kwon

Dr. Kwon’s work is to understand the interplay among biological, psychological, and social factors that drive risky behaviors and mental health challenges. Specifically, her current research investigates how childhood adversity affects one’s physiological reaction to stress and development of addiction vulnerabilities (e.g., emotion dysregulation, impulsivity, sensation-seeking) among adolescents. She is also interested in psychological protective factors such as resilience, self-control, and emotion regulation. She uses a quantitative methodology to model longitudinal developmental pathways linking early life stress with adverse behavioral or mental health outcomes. Ultimately, her research contributes to intervention and prevention program development and promoting resilience among youth in underserved populations who are disproportionately exposed to chronic stress or trauma.