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Winner, 2018 CalSouthern President’s Award for Doctoral Project Excellence: Dr. Adrian Low

Dr. Adrian Low conducted research on a new quantitative assessment tool emWave Pro Plus (Institute of HeartMath) to compare Heart Rate Variability (HRV ) results with the Personal and Organizational Quality Assessment (POQA) and the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). The study involved recruitment of 85 employees who worked 40 hours a week for a large corporation in Hong Kong.

Results from the study show that three significant negative correlations were found between Subjective Stress and HRV measures: (1) Perceived Stress and 5 minute Mean Inter-Beat- Interval (IBI); (2) Perceived stress and 5min SDNN (standard deviation between NN intervals); and (3) Perceived stress and Ln 5min RMSSD (root mean square of successive differences between normal heartbeats). It has been shown that HRV is an accurate objective measure for the short-term perceived workplace stress.

Dr. Low’s project raised the level of study design within the doctoral program. Most importantly, his results encourage the use of HRV as an objective measure of mental health and workplace stress. Dr. Low has submitted an article currently under review for publication.

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