Current Health Psychology fellows, 2021- 2022

"Psychology and Medicine:Translational Research on Stress, Behavior and Disease"

First year

Hio Wa Mak, PhDHio Wa Mak received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. She is a lifespan developmental psychologist studying social and emotional development at multiple timescales (i.e., short-term social and emotional dynamics in daily life and long-term developmental changes in social relationships and mental health across years). She studies and quantifies meaningful patterns of everyday social and emotional dynamics (based on intensive longitudinal assessments) and examines their long-term implications for mental and physical health. At UCSF, she works with Dr. Wendy Mendes to study the dynamic interplay among stress, emotion, and physiology in daily life and their implications for well-being.

Brian Don, PhDBrian Don received his Ph.D. in Social-Health Psychology at Kent State University. Prior to UCSF, he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Social Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brian’s work is focused on close relationships, and how motivation, affect, and mindfulness contribute to the success of pivotal relational interactions, such as social support and gratitude interactions. At UCSF, his primary advisor is Dr. Elissa Epel, with whom he is exploring how mindfulness and meditation interventions contribute to relational, mental, and physical well-being. Brian also collaborates with Dr. Wendy Mendes to examine how relationships contribute physiological processes in everyday life.

Second year

David B. Newman, PhDDavid B. Newman received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Southern California. As a social and personality psychologist, his research is focused on understanding the dynamic processes of well-being in daily life. To study these processes, he relies heavily on daily diary and Ecological Momentary Assessment methods. At UCSF, he is working primarily with Dr. Wendy Mendes to study biological responses to emotion and stress states to paint a more comprehensive portrait of well-being in daily life.