Our past "Psychology and Medicine" postdocs
This is an archive of our psychology postdoctoral fellowship graduates. From 1994 to 2011, the photographs were scanned from group photos taken at their graduation ceremony. Unfortunately, for some years, the graduation photos are unavailable (never taken, lost, or whatever). In those cases, just the graduates and their year of graduation are listed.
Jennifer N. Felder, PhD
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.
Erika H. Siegel, PhD
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.
Christopher Crew, PhDChristopher 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 focused 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.
Dr. Crew is now a Research Scientist in the diversity office at Pomona College in Clairemont, California.
Tomás (Tommy) Cabeza de Baca, PhD
Tomás (Tommy) Cabeza de Baca received his MS/Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. His work specifically investigates how trade-offs in reproductive effort (i.e., mating vs. parenting) affect allocation of time and energy toward somatic maintenance and growth, and how these allocations impact physical and mental health over time. He is attempting to integrate evolutionary models, and especially life history theory, with more traditional approaches to stress-health. His research also examines the impact of parental effort on child social, behavioral and behavioral outcomes from an evolutionary-developmental and cross-cultural perspective — focusing on Latin American countries (e.g., Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominica, and USA Latinos). Specifically, he is interested in exploring the consequences of parenting on children’s life history strategies and in examining how culture and local ecology could influence both.
Jiyoung Park, PhD
Dr. Park is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Lahnna Catalino, PhD
Lauren Human, PhD
Sara Waters, PhD
Dr. Waters is currently an Assistant Professor at Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington.