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Most common emotion-related disorders, such as anxiety, depression and stress-disorders emerge at the intersection of pre-existing vulnerability and significant, highly stressful life events. However, current models of these disorders are not yet able to account for the complex interaction of biological, historical, and situational factors. In this project, we are building upon prior research to situate emotion-related processing into a proper historical and situational context, in order to better model risk and vulnerability for these disorders. To do this, we are recruiting 500 adults, in hospital, after potentially traumatic events resulting in a significant physical injury. Through rigorous lab-based and experience sampling assessments over the course of 18 months, we aim to build better predictive models and better understand factors that are protective as well as factors that lead to psychological disease and difficulty. This project is funded by grant R01MH113622 from the National Institutes of Health and estimated to be completed in 2022.

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