Postdoctoral Scholars

Christine Guardino, Ph.D.

Dr. Guardino’s research focuses on the physiological and behavioral pathways through which chronic stress affects maternal and child health, and examines personal and social resilience resources that allow individuals to survive, manage, and thrive despite difficult life circumstances. She currently serves as the Project Coordinator for a multi-site study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Development to examine how maternal stress processes before, during, and after pregnancy influence a mother’s health over time as well as her children’s health and development at preschool and kindergarten age.
Mentor: Christine Dunkel Schetter

Kate Kuhlman, Ph.D.

Dr. Kuhlman investigates 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.
Mentors: Professors Julie Bower, Ted Robles and Michelle Craske

Evelyn Mercado, Ph.D. 

Dr. Mercado’s research seeks to understand how stressful family relationships impact indices of allostatic load (adrenocortical, autonomic, and immune functioning) rendering individuals more or less susceptible to adverse health outcomes. As an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in health psychology, she will explore intergenerational transmission of emotion regulation as a mechanism of susceptibility to internalizing symptoms across development. Her research seeks to understand these biobehavioral processes in the Latino community, with the hope of identifying protective and risk factors for mental health.
Mentors: Ted Robles, Andrew Fuligni, and Denise Chavira

Kharah Ross, Ph.D.

Dr. Ross investigates the interplay among socioeconomic status, adversity and social relationships, and how these shape biological pathways across levels and systems, within the context of lifespan models of chronic disease. Her current work focuses on social relationships, inflammation and pregnancy outcomes.
Mentor: Professor Chris Dunkel Schetter