Silvia M. Bigatti
Dr. Bigatti studies how individuals behave in and cope with stressful situations, and how predisposing factors, individual resources and environmental factors among others affect the outcome of a chronically stressful situation. The stressors she studies are varied and include chronic illness, immigration and acculturation, and attending college, among others. In studies focused on investigating health disparities in Indianapolis communities, she uses a Community Based Participatory Research framework. She partners with various community organizations, including the Latino Health Organization to study adolescent mental health and Esperanza Ministries to study domestic violence and substance abuse. Her intervention research has focused on psychosocial interventions for fibromyalgia syndrome, advanced cancer, and adolescent resiliency training.