Friday, May 02, 2008

Feel Great in ’08! : Zautra on Resilience and Health

BISBEE, AZ – In conjunction with the Copper Queen Library’s “Feel Great in ’08! Health Information Series,” Arizona Humanities Council Scholar and Arizona State University Foundation Professor of Psychology Dr. Alex Zautra will discuss “Resilience in Health & Mental Health: More Than a Metaphor” on May 7 at 6:30pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Dr. Zautra is the leader of ASU’s Resilience Solutions team. He has published over 90 scientific papers and is the recent author of Emotions, Stress and Health, published by Oxford University Press. His publications embrace topics of preservation of quality of life, healthy social relations, and positive adaptation to chronic pain.

In his current research, he focuses on the role of chronic illness and resilience in the health and well-being of adults as they age. He has devoted his career to understanding how people can be resilient in the face of highly stressful circumstances and to developing programs that enhance that capacity for resilience.

According to Dr. Zautra, “In my research team we are examining the role of stress and emotions on the capacities of people to sustain well-being and recover from illness and other life challenges. Much of my work has focused on the health and well-being of chronically ill patients with musculoskeletal illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.”

This program, which is free and open to the public, is funded by the Friends of the Copper Queen Library and made possible in part by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

For further information on these or any library programs or events, contact the Library Circulation Desk at 432-4232.