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Dr. Nikko Da Paz, Ph.D. 

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Nikko Da Paz holds a BA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of California, Merced. Dr. Da Paz’s research investigates the science of stress, which includes stress effects on mental health and physiology, and psychological resources that protect from stress (stress resilience). She has conducted studies of interventions to promote resilience to stress in parental caregivers. She is focusing on chronic caregiving stress and resilience interventions in families parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum, a growing population of highly distressed individuals who are at risk of major depression and stress-related comorbidity.