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Monday, August 5, 2013 - 1:00am

$1.8 Million Grant Funds Stress Research

Georgia State University officials say a researcher has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Natasha Brown, of the Center for Behavioral Science, said Wednesday that Dr. Kim Huhman has been awarded a five-year grant to study strategies to treat and prevent mental health problems associated with social stress.

Huhman is studying how exposure to social stress causes changes in brain and behavior. Brown says most humans experience social stress as a result of bullying, abuse or conflicts at school, home and at work.

Huhman says the stressors are known to cause or contribute to various ailments — including heart disease, depression and anxiety.