This initiative seeks to promote deeper understandings of the complex interplay between social processes, biological systems and mental and physical health outcomes. Primary approaches to accomplishing the MESH mission include:
(1) investigating the effects of family and relationship dynamics on bodily systems linked to health, including the autonomic nervous system, the neuroendocrine axis and the immune system;
(2) examining the effects of bodily processes, such as the immune and autonomic nervous systems, on social functioning; and
(3) developing and testing novel psychosocial interventions for enhancing child development, improving relationships and reducing the incidence of stress-related emotional and physical disease.