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Brennan Delattre

MSc Student in Experimental Psychology

  • Empathic Resilience and Fatigue (Emotion & Social Relations Group)

Research Interests

My interests sit at the intersection of intervention science and social psychology; I seek to design and test the efficacy of mental health interventions that draw upon preservative social phenomena with respect to sustainability, replicability, cultural sensitivity, and acceptability—especially strategies that can be adapted to provide access to care for underserved or overstretched populations. In my own studies, I’ve examined social functioning and individual and interpersonal health and wellbeing via cooperative movement and arts-based interventions.

I graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in Neuroscience, and subsequently worked as a lab manager at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion on projects that combined methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations, including participants with mood, anxiety, and substance disorders, as well as at-risk youth, under the supervision of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte.

Following my time in Virginia, I conducted Fulbright research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, investigating capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian movement art, as a potential treatment supplement for individuals with social and generalized anxiety and depression; I also examined how social variables of interest fluctuated when compared between groups with a specifically anti-racist, social justice-focused curriculum versus control groups.

At Oxford, my work in the Emotion and Social Relations group examines empathic fatigue and resilience in peer support scenarios, with the intention of investigating whether mitigating empathic strategy could have a preservative impact on empathy, reduce support burnout over time, and be extended more broadly to healthcare contexts.

Publications (Selected)

Delattre, B., & Collaer, M. L. (2017). Capoeira: The Relationship of An Afro-Brazilian Cooperative Movement Art to State Anxiety, State Self-Efficacy, And Prosocial Behavior Tendencies. Journal of Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics7(4), 61–65.

Delattre, B. The relationship of capoeira classes with and without a specifically anti-racist, social justice-focused curriculum to students’ empathy over the course of a semester. (Manuscript accepted to Brain, Body, Cognition; forthcoming in 2022).