Early Life Stress and Emotion Regulation

Early life stress (ELS) is a documented risk factor for emotional disorders. By taking a process approach, our studies focus on emotion regulation as a mechanism that links ELS and emotional vulnerability. For instance, we have studied the involvement of emotion regulation difficulties in the path from ELS to cortisol blunting, as well as gene-ELS interactions in the efficiency of emotion regulation at the subjective and neural level. The main aim of these studies is to identify the psychological mediators in the relation between ELS and emotional vulnerability, and develop psychological interventions that could reduce the psychobiological sequelae of ELS.​​​​​​​


Miu, A. C., Cărnuţă, M., Vulturar, R., Szekely-Copîndean, R. D., Bîlc, M. I., Chiş, A., Cioară, M., Fernandez, K. C., Szentágotai-Tătar, A., & Gross, J. J. (2017). BDNFVal66Met polymorphism moderates the link between child maltreatment and reappraisal ability. Genes, Brain and Behavior 16(4), 419-426.

Szentágotai-Tătar, A, & Miu, A. C. (2016). Individual Differences in Emotion Regulation, Childhood Trauma and Proneness to Shame and Guilt in Adolescence. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0171151.

Szentágotai-Tătar, A., Chiș, A., Vulturar, R., Dobrean, A., Cândea, D., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Shame and Guilt-Proneness in Adolescents: Gene-Environment Interactions. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0134716.

Cărnuță, M., Crișan, L. G., Vulturar, R., Opre, A., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Emotional non-acceptance links early life stress and blunted cortisol reactivity to social threat. Psychoneuroendocrinology 51, 176-187.