Current NIMH Trainees
Ms. Ponting is a fourth-year graduate student in Clinical Psychology program engaged in translational research that identifies social and cultural determinants of child and maternal health/mental health outcomes. In particular, she is interested in reducing health disparities for Latinas during pregnancy and the postpartum period by studying the acceptability and efficacy of precision cultural tailoring to interventions for perinatal mood disorder.
Ms. Radin is a third-year student in Health Psychology. She investigates the interplay between the immune system, cognitive processes, and emotion regulation and how the connections between them impact psychological adjustment to chronic diseases. She is particularly interested in the role of inflammation in cancer-related cognitive impairment and coping.
Jacqueline H.J. Kim, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Kim is interested in uncovering variations in coping for persons experiencing internalizing symptoms and somatic symptoms amid chronic adversity, as in cancer. During fellowship, she seeks to better understand patients experiencing pain, fatigue, and depression—a constellation of symptoms related to a poorer quality of life in cancer survivorship. Dr. Kim is also interested in how personal history (e.g., childhood adversity) and culture (e.g., Asian values) influence psychological distress, somatic symptoms, coping, and well-being. Dr. Kim intends to apply findings from her research to develop culturally-relevant and broadly disseminable interventions to improve mental and physical health.
Jennifer Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Social and Health Psychology, Stony Brook University
Dr. Nicoloro-SantaBarbara’s research examines health effects of stress and factors that increase or reduce these effects. She is interested in investigating interactions among neuroendocrine, immune, and behavioral processes to help explain the impact of diverse forms of emotional distress (e.g., depression, anxiety, and psychological stress) on reproduction and chronic disease. During her postdoctoral training, she seeks to investigate behavioral and physiological mechanisms that may mediate the relationship between emotional distress and birth outcomes (e.g., preterm delivery and low birth weight). Dr. Nicoloro-SantaBarbara is also interested in exploring a model of adaptation to chronic disease which includes biomarkers associated with stress and disease progression for individuals with mast cell disorders, a group of rare chronic diseases.