Health Psychology Graduate Students
Manuel Ramirez is a first-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Broadly, he is interested in how identity, stigma, and discrimination intersect to differentially affect health outcomes among minority individuals. He is particularly interested in how these forces affect the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities who also identify as racial/ethnic minorities.
Advisors: Professors Patrick Wilson and A. Janet Tomiyama
Leah Cha is a first-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on the biological mechanisms of early life adversity and trauma. She is particularly interested in understanding the influence of contextual factors on PTSD and cardiovascular disease risk. She is also interested in identifying the psychosocial facets of resilience after trauma exposure.
Advisors: Professors Jennifer Sumner and Chris Dunkel Schetter
Robin Blades is a first-year graduate student in Health Psychology. She is interested in how chronic stress impacts health outcomes, particularly through inflammatory pathways. Her research focuses on understanding neuroimmune interactions and developing mind-body interventions that promote resilience.
Advisors: Professor Julie Bower
Sarah Alonzi is a second-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on the role of patients’ emotions and cognitions in medical decision-making. She is particularly interested in how understanding these factors can lead to the development of interventions to increase uptake of treatments and health services that are often misunderstood and feared.
Advisors: Professors Julie Bower and Annette Stanton
Tyrus Korecki is a second-year graduate student in Health Psychology. His primary research interests include health and resilience among individuals in high-stress occupations, mindfulness-based interventions for stress management, and psychological factors that impact inflammation, resilience, and thriving in the face of difficulty.
Advisor: Professor Julie Bower
Corinne Meinhausen is a third-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on the psychological impact of trauma exposure and the biological and behavioral forces related to health and pathological fear learning. She is particularly interested in how these mechanisms can lead to the development of early interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Advisor: Professors Jennifer Sumner and Ted Robles
Jordan Parker is a third-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on how discrimination influences psychophysiological health outcomes among Black women. Her research uses an intersectionality framework to examine how discrimination affects body image, how it may subsequently influence eating behaviors, and how it longitudinally contributes to disordered eating and related health disparities.
Advisor: Professors A. Janet Tomiyama and Patrick Wilson
Joni Brown is a fourth-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Her research interest is in psychosocial and sociocultural factors affecting Black women’s health. She also has a strong interest in topics of maternal and reproductive health.
Advisor: Professors Chris Dunkel Schetter and Patrick Wilson
Kristen Lee is a fourth-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on the intersection of social connection, eating behavior, and physical health. She is specifically interested in how our social emotions (e.g., shame, guilt, empathy) may promote or hinder health behavior change. She is also interested in developing interventions to combat weight stigma and weight bias internalization.
Advisor: Professors A. Janet Tomiyama and Ted Robles
Gabrielle Rinne is a fourth-year graduate student in Health Psychology. Her research focuses on the biobehavioral mechanisms linking exposure to stress early in development to mental health, with a particular focus on exposures in the prenatal period through childhood. She is also interested in how early caregiving adversity and parent-child relationships get under the skin to influence health.
Advisor: Professors Chris Dunkel Schetter and Steve Lee
Yrvane Pageot is a fifth-year student in Health Psychology. Ms. Pageot’s research is focused on the intersections between physical and mental health, specifically the influence of psychological factors on chronic disease. She is also interested in assessing how socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities can influence health outcomes.
Advisors: Professors Julie Bower and Annette Stanton
Daniel Rosenfeld is a fifth-year student in Health/Social Psychology. His research centers on the psychology of vegetarianism and meat consumption, particularly as they relate to identity, morality, and cognitive dissonance.
Advisor: Professors A. Janet Tomiyama and Efren Perez
Ms. Radin is a sixth-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.
Advisor: Professors Julie Bower and Annette Stanton