Relieving Stress: Research Helps Children and Adults Cope

Knight Conference Center

arrows.jpgName your stressor: job, house, relationship, finances, errands, loneliness, traffic, feelings of safety, illness. Whether you are young or old, male or female, there’s a general feeling of uncertainty about the future and what it will mean for each of us and our loved ones. Staying calm and learning how to cope with both short- and long-term stressors will have positive physical and emotional benefits. The FABBS Foundation brought together two excellent speakers who together discussed work and family stressors, how stress affects productivity and “gets under the skin” to affect health, and positive ways to cope with these stressors.
Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of the Families and Work Institute, is a leading authority on work family issues. She has published over 100 articles and 35 books and reports in this area, and has been invited to participate in White House conferences and various television programs such as Oprah and Good Morning America. Ms. Galinsky described stressors in family and work life, the impact on children, and how to buffer children and help them become more resilient.
Shelley Taylor, Distinguished Professor of Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has written extensively on the relationship among stress, biology, and social support. Dr. Taylor is a founder of the field of health psychology and was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. In this Science Café, she described how social relationships affect biological responses to stress, how early life events and family environment affect the long-term risk for disease, as well as skills that people can use to anticipate and minimize stress.


Ellen Galinsky

Shelley Taylor



Ellen Galinsky

President and Co-Founder Families and Work Institute

Ellen Galinsky is president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute. She co-directs The National Study of the Changing Workforce, The National Study of Employers and When Work Works projects at Families and Work Institute, in addition to directing the Alfred P. Sloan Academy Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility, The Supporting Work Project, and Mind in the Making.Ms. Galinsky is also the program director of The Conference Board Work Life Conference and staffs The Conference Board’s Work Life Leadership Council.

Ms. Galinsky is the author of more than 35 books and reports, including the groundbreaking book, Ask the Children, selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best work-life books of 1999. She has published more than 100 articles in academic journals, books and magazines.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005 and a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow. A popular keynote speaker, she appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and Oprah.

Ellen Galinsky has been married for 41 years to artist Norman Galinsky and they are the parents of two grown children: Philip, an ethnomusicologist and founder-director of Samba New York, an inspiring new performance group, and Lara, vice president at Echoing Green, whose mission is to spark social change by identifying, investing and supporting the world’s most exceptional emerging leaders and the organizations they launch.

Shelley E. Taylor

Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology University of California, Los Angeles

Shelley Taylor studies social relationships and how they are protective against stress. Her tend-and-befriend model, which was developed in response to the fight-or-flight metaphor that usually guides stress research, builds on the fact that, in response to stress, people come together with others for joint protection of self and offspring. Professor Taylor also studies self-regulation, stress, and coping and explores the skills that people develop and use for anticipating stressful events and for minimizing their adverse effects and when they do occur. Finally, Taylor studies how positive beliefs are protective of mental and physical health. She shows that optimism, self-enhancement, a perception of control, and social support can protect against threats or traumas, not only psychologically but also in terms of physical health.

Dr. Taylor received her doctorate from Yale University. She is the author of more than 350 publications in journals and books and is the author of Social Cognition, Positive Illusions, Health Psychology, and The Tending Instinct. Professor Taylor is the recipient of a number of awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychology Award. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.