Promoting emotional well-being and buffering stress during challenging times

In this webinar, Dr. Barker will describe an integrative COMPASS Assets model of psychosocial strengths that can be fostered to buffer stress and promote emotional well-being in the face of challenging circumstances. This model is derived from her recent research aimed at identifying patterns of distress and resilience across the transition to adulthood and in university students in particular. Participants will have the opportunity to work through a COMPASS self-reflection exercise to generate strategies they can use in their lives to manage stress.


Dr. Erin Barker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and member of the Centre for Research in Human Development at Concordia University, where she directs the Lifespan Well-Being Laboratory.  She is a developmental scientistwhose program of research examines patterns of emotional experience across developmental transitions. She is particularly interested in how stress and coping affect mental health and wellbeing during the transition to adulthood. Dr. Barker completed her training at the Universities of Victoria (M.A.) and Alberta (Ph.D.) and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Child and Family Research Section of the NICHD and the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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