Former NIMH Trainees
Ms. Boyle is a third year graduate student in the Health Psychology program. This year, she is an NIMH predoctoral trainee. She is interested in predictors and neurobiological correlates of post-traumatic growth and the effect of mindfulness meditation on emotional and physical health. She would also like to explore the ways in which cultural beliefs impact the development and experience of disease.
Ms. Hanover is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program with a minor in Health Psychology. She is interested in exploring how chronic and acute stress impact physical and psychological health. Her current research focuses on the adaptive utility of coping through emotional approach for individuals adjusting to cancer and other serious stressors.
Sunny Bai, M.A., M.P.H.
Ms. Bai is a fourth year clinical psychology student interested in the links between the family environment, regulation, and child mental health. In particular, her research focuses on how physiological and emotional regulation processes mediate the associations between parenting behaviors and child psychopathology and risk for substance use.
Kate Kuhlman, Ph.D.
Dr. Kuhlman is interested in understanding the impact of childhood experiences, such as childhood abuse and early life stress, on physical and mental health across the lifespan. Specifically, she is interested in the neuroendocrine and immunological mechanisms that explain how early adversity during important phases of development increase risk for poor mental and physical health.
Brett Marroquín, Ph.D.
Dr. Marroquín is an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in health psychology. His research examines interpersonal influences on emotion regulation and cognitive processing in healthy functioning and mood disorders, and in particular, the mechanisms in intimate relationships that promote or hinder adaptive emotion regulation. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yale University, and completed his clinical internship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he focused on serious mental illness and community mental health.
Alyssa Cheadle, MTS.
Ms. Cheadle is 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.
Ben Tabak, Ph.D.
Dr. Tabak is interested in the 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.
Dr. Accortt is interested in the 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.
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.