"Psychology and Medicine" - First-year
Jennifer N. Felder completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests focus on improving depression care for perinatal women by targeting barriers to treatment, developing effective psychosocial interventions, and disseminating evidence based therapies in innovative ways. Her dissertation examined the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a web-based version of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Mindful Mood Balance; developed by Dr. Zindel Segal and Dr. Sona Dimidjian) for perinatal women at risk for depressive relapse. As a post-doctoral fellow under the primary mentorship of Dr. Elissa Epel in the UCSF Pre-Term Birth Initiative, and as an affiliate of Health Psychology, she will be examining the relationships between stress, depression, maternal and offspring health outcomes, including preterm birth, with the ultimate goal of developing more targeted and parsimonious interventions for both maternal and offspring health.
"Psychology and Medicine" - Second-year
Christopher Crew received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University where he focused on the application of cognitive models of selective attention and cognitive neuroscience models of learning and memory to understand the effects of high rejection sensitivity (RS; Downey and Feldman 1996) on attention, learning and memory in performance-evaluative testing environments. As a member of the EHP lab, he focuses on the integration of his research on RS with Dr. Mendes research on emotion and health to 1) understand how sensitivity to race-based rejection (Race-RS) moderates physiological responses (e.g., Cardiovascular Reactivity) to performance-evaluative feedback from outgroup members, 2) to understand how these physiological responses may mediate links between Race-RS and achievement, and 3) to develop an implicit measure of chronic stress that not only functions an assessment tool but identifies avenues for intervention for improving health outcomes and well being for high RS-Race individuals.
Erika H. Siegel received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northeastern University where she worked with Drs. Lisa Feldman Barrett and Karen Quigley in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab (IASL). Erika's work explores the role of affect in the construction of conscious experience with a particular focus on the way that individual differences in affective reactivity influence both the experience of emotion and autonomic physiology. Erika also uses research synthesis methodologies to explore the fundamental nature of autonomic reactivity during affect and emotion. At UCSF, Erika is working with Dr. Wendy Mendes in the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab. In the EHPL, she is studying the interplay between affect and psychophysiology in social contexts with a particular focus on the relationship between autonomic co-regulation and affect contagion.
Center for Health and Community
Alexandra D. Crosswell received her Ph.D. in Health Psychology from UCLA where her research focused on how psychosocial stress influences mental and physical health, with a particular focus on inflammation as a pathway. Alexandra is currently a postdoctoral fellow in UCSF's Health Psychology program where she is examining the relationship between chronic stress and indices of aging, including cognitive functioning and biological aging. She is looking forward to continuing to use intervention studies as a way to test mechanisms of the stress--health relationship. She is mentored by Drs. Elissa Epel, Wendy Mendes, and Aric Prather.
Greater Good Science Center
Amie M. Gordon received her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley where she explored the factors that help and harm romantic relationships. In particular, she examined the benefits of prosocial cognitions, emotions, and behaviors for relationship maintenance as well as the contextual, individual difference, and biological factors that enhance or inhibit prosociality between partners. Amie is also very interested in the dyadic nature of romantic relationships, uncovering the ways in which partners knowingly and unknowingly influence each other. At UCSF, Amie is extending her research on biological factors that inhibit prosociality by working with Drs. Wendy Mendes and Aric Prather to investigate how sleep (or lack thereof) influences prosociality between romantic partners. She is taking a multi-method approach, combining naturalistic, daily experience studies with experimental methods.
Department of Pediatrics
Danielle Roubinov completed her Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research explores the physiological, cognitive, and emotional pathways through which experiences of early life adversity shape physical and psychological health outcomes. As a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Drs. Tom Boyce and Nicki Bush, she is examining how individual differences in biological and socioemotional functioning within various social contexts (e.g., school, family, peer) shape children’s developmental trajectories. Her longer term career goal is to apply this research towards the development of tailored interventions to improve health outcomes among children reared in stressful early environments.