Current Graduate Majors
Mr. Bamishigbin is a fifth-year student in Health Psychology. He investigates contributors to psychological and physical health outcomes in cancer survivors, and specifically how spirituality affects mental and physical health outcomes in diverse cancer survivors. He also studies mental and physical health in low-income African American fathers.
Advisors: Professors Annette Stanton and Chris Dunkel Schetter
Ms. Boyle is a fifth-year graduate student in the Health Psychology program. She is studying the influence of stress and inflammation on reward processing to better understand mechanisms underlying depression. She is also interested in hedonic capacity as a source of resilience to depression and behavioral symptoms in women with a history of breast cancer.
Advisors: Professors Julie Bower and Annette Stanton
Ms. Bright is a third-year student in Health Psychology. Broadly, she investigates coping with chronic stressors. More specifically, she examines how psychosocial factors can influence treatment adherence and health outcomes for people with chronic illnesses.
Advisors: Professors Annette Stanton and Ted Robles
Ms. Cummings is a fourth-year student in Health Psychology. Her program of research integrates work on eating and alcohol use and incorporates topics such as reward, genetics, social relationships, and stress. Her broader goal is to improve health in the communities at risk.
Advisors: Professors Janet Tomiyama and Lara Ray
Larissa Dooley, MA
Ms. Dooley is a fifth-year student in Health Psychology. She examines the relationship between inflammation and psychological functioning, and mediators and moderators of this association. She is currently studying interventions for reducing inflammation and its associated psychological and cognitive effects.
Advisors: Professors Julie Bower and Janet Tomiyama
Ms. Finch is a fifth-year student in Health Psychology. Her research centers on understanding the biopsychosocial causes and effects of eating behavior. Her current work focuses on comfort eating, including the physiological underpinnings of this behavior, and the psychological benefits it reaps via stress reduction.
Advisors: Professors Janet Tomiyama and Julie Bower
Ms. Haydon is a second-year student in Health Psychology. She studies neuro-immune interactions, particularly among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Her research examines stress and coping, factors affecting recovery from life-threatening illness, and the protective effects of positive psychological states.
Advisors: Professors Julie Bower and Annette Stanton
Ms. Menkin is a sixth-year student in Health Psychology. She investigates the predictors and consequences of new social relationship formation in later life. Her research aims to address how older adults establish new relationships (friends or romantic partners) following life transitions (e.g., retirement, moving to a new residence, bereavement). She examines how beliefs about aging, such as endorsing negative age stereotypes, influence seeking new social ties and subsequent health out-comes.
Advisors: Professors Ted Robles and Teresa Seeman
Mr. Nooteboom is a first-year student in Health Psychology. He studies the effects of stress on long-term health and disease outcomes, and how the pathways between the two are influenced by social relationships.
Advisor: Professor Ted Robles
Jonah Price is a second-year student in Health Psychology. He studies couples’ relationships and interactions (both positive and negative in nature) and their effects on biological systems especially psycho-immune responses.
Advisors: Professors Chris Dunkel Schetter and Ted Robles
Ms. Ramos is a third-year student in Health Psychology. She studies patterns of stress and other factors among women of diverse ethnicities. She examines the reasons for ethnic and racial disparities in maternal health by investigating cultural and personality factors that influence stress resilience and physical and mental health-related pregnancy outcomes.
Advisors: Professors Chris Dunkel Schetter and Annette Stanton
Ms. Rodriguez is a third-year student in Health Psychology. Her research examines how biopsychosocial stressors undermine healthy eating and weight and how unhealthy eating and weight, in turn, influence stress. A major arch of her work focuses on the prevalence and consequences weight- and obesity-related stigma, and she has recently extended this interest to the context of pregnancy.
Advisors: Professors Janet Tomiyama and Chris Dunkel Schetter
Ms. Romney is a second-year student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on the impact of close relationships on physical health. She is currently studying physical intimacy between romantic partners and the effect these behaviors have on sleep and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functioning.
Advisors: Professors Ted Robles, Rena Repetti and Chris Dunkel Schetter
Mr. Shulman is a fourth-year student in Health Psychology. He examines how people’s relationships affect their health, and the psychology of conflict and support. His current research focuses on the role of self-control and heart-rate variability in arguments between partners.
Advisors: Professors Ted Robles and Chris Dunkel Schetter