My research interests are related to several areas of psychology spanning from personality and developmental psychology to health, work and educational psychology. I began my career by examining work stress and atherosclerosis. Since then I moved to examining personality traits as predictors of health and well-being, development of personality, acute and chronic stress, gene x environment interactions, and intergenerational transmission psychosocial factors such as parent - child relationship qualities. Currently, I am especially interested in compassion, its development and outcomes. I conduct multidisciplinary research in collaboration with colleagues from differend fields like psychiatry, medicine, genetics, neurology and educational sciences.