Sonia Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (www.humanstress.ca) whose mission is to transfer scientifically validated knowledge on stress to the general public.
For the last 20 years, Sonia Lupien has been studying the effects of stress on the human brain from infancy to adulthood and old age. Her studies have shown that children are as vulnerable as adults to stress, and children as young as age six can produce high levels of stress hormones. Her research in adults has shown that stress can significantly impair memory performance. In older adults, her studies have shown the effects of stress on the aging brain.
In her new research projects, Sonia Lupien is working on differences between men and women in stress reactivity, and has created new educational programs on stress in adolescents and workers. For adolescents, she has created the ‘DeStress for Success Program’ to teach adolescents who are making the transition from elementary to high school, about ways to control stress. She also developed ‘Stress Inc©’, a program to assist workers to recognize and control stress in the workplace, by means of a computer program.
Sonia Lupien is greatly involved in the transfer of scientific knowledge to the public and has recently published a book entitled ‘Par amour du stress’ to help the public better understand stress as it has been studied for the last 50 years by scientists across the world.