Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Ph.D.


Welcome to the Laboratory for Emotion and Stress Assessment (LESA) in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The LESA is coordinated and led by Dr. Lara-Cinisomo.

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The mission of the Laboratory for Emotion and Stress Assessment (LESA) is to conduct research that advances our understanding of factors that contribute to diminished emotional wellbeing and increased stress among vulnerable populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, perinatal women, children, and military-affiliated individuals.


Team lab meetings are held on a biweekly basis. Please contact Dr. Lara-Cinisomo for times and locations.

DaPPP Study

In the Laboratory for Emotion and Stress Assessment (LESA) Dr. Lara-Cinisomo and her students are hoping to better understand the unique circumstances faced by women experiencing postpartum pain and depression. Watch this short video created by Michelle Nutlis to learn more about the DaPPP study!

Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo

In the News

Understanding the mental struggle that comes with immigrating to a new country can be incredibly difficult to grasp. Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo joined WGN Radio host Steve Grzanich to talk about the results of her study focusing on anxiety in Latina immigrants as a result of the fear of deportation and migration to the United States. Listen to the interview here..