My research experience has spanned multiple areas within the fields of health and social psychology, with underlying interests in the dynamic interplay between body and mind. My early honours research focused on sleep and dreams, revealing significant relationships between dream imagery and indicators of physical health. My Master’s research allowed me to explore a related interest in the measurement and application of meaning-making skills and existential/spiritual capacities. Today, my research addresses the question of how stress impacts physical, mental, and social health, examining the transmission of stress between roles, settings, and individuals. I am particularly interested in how individuals cope with stress together (in dyads and groups) and make meaning of their stressful or traumatic experiences. In this regard, it is the social context of stress and coping that I am primarily interested in. Other interests include the long-term effects of trauma among emergency workers and health professionals, the psychosocial determinants of coping with threat of infectious disease, and the application of relational-transactional models of stress and coping in clinical, professional, and ‘invisible’ populations. For more information, visit my personal website at www.davidbking.net.
My doctoral research in the Centre for Health and Coping Studies involved an examination of stress, coping, and social support processes among Canadian paramedics. For more information on this project, please visit this link. While still involved in a number of projects with the Health and Coping Lab, I am currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the IRMACS Centre at Simon Fraser University.