Current Postdoctoral Fellows

"Psychology and Medicine"  - First-year

Michael A. Trujillo, PhD
Michael A. Trujillo received his PhD in Health Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University where he explored the impact of stigma-related stressors on mental and physical health and how adaptive and maladaptive strategies influenced these relationships, particularly among marginalized populations (racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minorities). Broadly, Michael is guided by ecological models that view stigma as a fundamental cause of health outcomes and examines how interpersonal, intrapersonal, and structural forms of stigma impact health disparities. At UCSF, he is working with Dr. Wendy Mendes in the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab where he is extending how stigma “gets under the skin” to impact health outcomes by examining decision-making and the role of affectivity.


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Lauren Whitehurst received her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 2018 where her research explored the processes during sleep that are important for cognitive function. Her work using experimental methodologies (e.g. electroencephalography, pharmacology) investigated how autonomic and central nervous system factors interact to produce regulatory effects on cognition. Currently, Lauren is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow and a Psychology and Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco working with Drs. Aric Prather and Wendy Mendes in the Department of Psychiatry. At UCSF, Lauren is extending her work to include the ways external stressors impact sleep and cognition, particularly in minority populations.

Center for Health and Community

Alexandra Crosswell
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 Gordon, PhD
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, PhD
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.

Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow

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Laura Shields-Zeeman is a 2018-2019 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. Her work is focused primarily on mental health services development and service delivery reforms in different health systems, including in Europe and South Asia. She has published on a range of public health topics including mental health and human rights, maternal health, and the development and implementation of community-based health interventions in low-resource settings. She holds a Masters and Ph.D in Public Health from the Netherlands, where her research focused on mental health systems strengthening in resource-constrained settings. At UCSF, she is working with Dr. Laura Gottlieb and the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) on social needs screening and implementation of interventions for addressing social needs.