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Attachment Security and the Gut-Brain Axis: A Nationwide Sample

Research Team

Name Name

Principal Investigator: Patty Kuo

Co-Principal Investigators: Lorey Wheeler, Jacques Izard, Jessica Calvi

Funding Information

Funding Agency: Office of Research and Economic Development—Biomedical Research Seed Grant

Award Date: Sep 20, 2021

End Date: Sep 19, 2022


This project explores children’s stress and health biomarkers.

To generate data, researchers will collect saliva samples for cortisol, and stool samples to study the gut-brain axis, which consists of communication between the central and the enteric nervous systems, and links the brain’s emotional and cognitive centers with peripheral intestinal functions.

Research & Evaluation Methods

Patty Kuo, assistant professor of child, youth and family studies