NIH Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Health Psychology Program houses two NIH training programs, one funded by NIMH and one by NIGMS. Descriptions of both are below, and the persons to contact for more information. All predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and applicants are not eligible if they have received 3 years of prior PHS support. Under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply when openings occur.
NIMH 15750 Biobehavioral Training in Mental and Physical HealthThe primary goal of this program is to train research scientists in the development and application of basic theories and research in psychology to issues of physical and mental health and their interrelationship. Our program for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows includes coursework and intensive supervised research in laboratory, clinical, and community settings. Our program has strong expertise in a number of important biobehavioral processes relevant to mental health and physical illness including stress processes, ethnic disparities, comorbidities across the lifespan, and health promotion and prevention. These areas of concentration in the program are supplemented by further expertise among the faculty in human and animal models of specific mental disorders and physical diseases. For more details contact Dr. Chris Dunkel Schetter, PI, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Annette Stanton, CoPI, astanton@.ucla.edu
NIGMS Integrated Training in the Population, Behavioral, and Biomedical SciencesThis program is a collaborative arrangement between Health Psychology and California Center for Population Research (Cameron Campbell, PI; Julienne Bower, CoPI). It is funded to train predoctoral students from behavioral and social sciences in biomedical theory, evidence, and methods and mentors them to integrate these approaches into health psychology and population health research. The overarching goal is to train interdisciplinary investigators who examine complex pathways through which demographic, socioeconomic, and psychological processes influence and are influenced by health and disease. For more details, contact Dr. Julienne Bower, CoPI, email@example.com or Chris Dunkel Schetter, CoInv, firstname.lastname@example.org
The NIMH training grant provides 2 fellowships for predoctoral trainees in health psychology or other areas of psychology. The NIGMS training grant provides 2 fellowships for predoctoral trainees in health psychology. Students are typically appointed in their second or third year of training and area funded for two years. The training grant pays for registration fees and provides a stipend set by NIH standards ($21,180 per year in 2010-2011) plus health insurance, conference travel and training related expenses. Invitations to apply for openings are circulated to all Psychology graduate students when they occur, typically in March.
The NIMH training grant provides 2 fellowships for postdoctoral trainees focusing on mental health as it intersects with any of our other areas of expertise. Applicants must have completed a PhD in an accredited psychology program or related field. Opening are advertised and inquiries are accepted at any time. Each postdoctoral fellow enters the program with a designated primary and secondary faculty mentor, one of which is from the core faculty. Address inquiries to Prof. Chris Dunkel Schetter at email@example.com
Psychological and biological pathways linking social relationships and physical health, social support and negativity, attachment, stress and allostatic processes.
Neural mechanisms by which social stressors have the ability to upregulate biological stress processes to influence health. How acute and chronic stressors are represented in the brain using functional MRI. How stressors can lead to increases in inflammation, changes in gene expression, and ultimately, detrimental health outcomes.
Stress and coping processes in women's reproductive health, stress-reduction interventions including mindfulness meditation training, pre- and postnatal health behaviors.
The influence of psychosocial stress on the onset and course of schizophrenia, with a particular focus on the biological mediators of stress-symptom relationships and the psychosocial and genetic factors that influence these relationships.
Partner and family relationship predictors of postpartum depression and anxiety; ethnic and cultural variations in PPD and its predictors; influence of early partner relationship functioning on pregnancy outcomes and infant/child development.
Heidi Kane, Ph.D.
Stress and coping processes with an emphasis on social support and caregiving in romantic relationships; biopsychosocial pathways through which romantic relationships influence health; social perception processes in close relationships.
Andrea Niles, M.A.
Interested in the relationship between anxiety disorders and physical health and whether treatments for anxiety disorders can have beneficial effects on physical functioning. In particular, her research focuses on how emotion regulation strategies such as mindfulness and cognitive reappraisal may be beneficial for physical health.
Elizabeth Raposa, M.A.
Interested in the relationships among interpersonal stress, depression, and health. In particular, she is interested in exploring the effects of early adversity on inflammatory processes and later depression, and the role that interpersonal relationships might play in buffering or exacerbating these effects.
Alyssa Cheadle, MTS.
Interested in the connections between health and positive pro-social values and behaviors promoted by religious and spiritual worldviews. Her current research focuses on how religious and spiritual beliefs and behaviors may be beneficial for mental health
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, Ph.D.
Cognitive, evolutionary, and health psychology. Role of hormone in shaping maternal psychology and behavior. Three main research areas: understanding the evolutionary origins of maternal attachment and care giving behaviors, elucidating how hormonal shifts surrounding the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and lactation influence women's psychological health and cognition, and determining the role of stress in both motivating and undermining maternal behaviors and coping.
Ben Tabak, Ph.D.
Intersection of genetic, neural, and psychological aspects of social processes (e.g., cooperation, reactions to interpersonal conflict, empathy, and altruism) and how these factors contribute to health and well-being. His recent research focuses on the effects of oxytocin and vasopressin on social cognition and behavior, as well as genetic and neural predictors of social anxiety.
Eynav Accortt, Ph.D.
Physiological (immune, endocrine, metabolic) risk factors that put women at higher risk for depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. Her research focuses on mood and anxiety disorders during the female reproductive life cycle and in response to illness. As a clinical scientist, she is also interested in testing the effectiveness of alternative and cognitive-behavioral interventions for depressed and anxious women in pregnancy, postpartum and following diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
|Core Faculty in Psychology|
| Christine Dunkel Schetter, Director
| Annette Stanton, CoDirector
| Julienne Bower
| Naomi Eisenberger
| Michael Irwin
| Jennifer Krull
| Hector Myers
| Rena Repetti
| Ted Robles
| Shelley Taylor