Chris Urbanik

Chris Urbanik

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Graduate Research Assistant - Police Stress Research Group


Chris Urbanik

Chris is a second-year doctoral student in Wayne State University's clinical psychology program, working in the Stress and Health Laboratory of Dr. Mark Lumley.  He is also a graduate research assistant on an interdisciplinary team, the Police Stress Research Group, which is investigating the relationship between environmental stressors and police officers' biopsychological stress response.

Chris earned his B.A. in Psychology (High Distinction) in 2015 from the University of Michigan and prior to graduate school served for ten years as a police officer in Dearborn, Michigan. 

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Health Psychology, Stress


Current Projects 

Neighborhoods, Stress, and Police Behavior: Understanding the Relationships (Funded by NIJ)

The overall objective of this project is to comprehensively examine how chronic environmental stressors affect patrol officers’ biopsychological stress response, its behavioral consequences, and the work-related factors that moderate these relationships. With an aim to develop an empirically-based conceptual framework, the team plans to pursue the following three goals: 1) establish the relationships between patrol environments and patrol officers' biological, psychological, and behavioral stress response, 2) determine how the various components of the stress response system relate to each other, and 3) examine work-related factors that moderate the effects of chronic environmental stressors’ on the stress response. 

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan - 2015

Courses taught

  PSY 1010 - Introductory Psychology Lab