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Director

George M. Slavich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Research Scientist, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
Director, Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research
B.A. with honors, Stanford University

Ph.D., University of Oregon
Clinical Internship, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSF & UCLA

Interests: stress, inflammation, social genomics, disease risk, integrative health
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Lab Members

Mashal Ali
Research Assistant
B.A., UCLA, 2014

Interests: mental health, environmental psychology, socioeconomic stress
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Jacob Allely
Research Assistant
B.A., UCLA, 2017

Interests: depression, developmental psychology, post traumatic stress disorder
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Kayla Ardebilchi
Research Assistant
Milken Community High School

Interests: social stress, development, mental health
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Daniel Araiza
Research Assistant
M.S., UCSD, 2012

Interests: stress, discrimination, latino & hispanic mental and physical health
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Kaitlyn Breiner, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
B.A. with honors, Temple University, 2009
Ph.D., UCLA, 2016

Interests: developmental neuroscience, adolescence, peer influence, social stress
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Theresa Bui
Research Assistant
B.S., UCLA, 2017

Interests: stress, genetics of depression, cultural psychology, mental health
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Bailey Deal
Project Coordinator
B.S., UC Davis, 2016


Interests
: stress, inflammation, disease, consciousness

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Christopher DeMatteo
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Research Trainee
B.A., Cornell University, 2016


Interests
: stress and health, development, cross cultural assessment of stress

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Elizabeth Fisseha
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Research Trainee
B.A., Amherst College, 2011
M.S., University of Southern California, 2013


Interests
: stress, development, depression, physical health

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Chantal_GabayanChantal Gabayan
Research Assistant

Milken Community High School

Interests
: stress, mental health, physical health

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Kean Hsu, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow

B.A. with honors, Yale University, 2006
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2014

Interests
: social stress, executive function, cognitive vulnerability, affective disorders

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Stephen Imperiale-Hagerman
Project Coordinator
B.S., St. Mary’s College, 2003
M.A., St. Mary’s College, 2009

Interests
: stress, transformational teaching, advanced statistical modeling
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Dora Kirigin 
Master’s Thesis Student
B.A., University of Zagreb, 2011

Interests: cross cultural assessment of stress, psychological health
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Abigail Looi
Research Assistant
B.S., UCLA, 2017

Interests: Motivation and behavior, neurobiology, mental health, therapy
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Robert Manley
Research Assistant
B.A., UCLA, 2012

Interests
: stress, inflammation, anhedonic symptoms, major depression

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Natalie MurenNatalie Muren, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
B.A., Willamette University, 2006
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2013

Interests: Stress, inflammation, gene regulation, biomarker detection,
health
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Rachel Ogata
Research Assistant

B.S., UCLA, 2018

Interests
: Adolescent mental health, neuroscience, social stress, developmental psychology

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Santhosi Samudrala
Research Assistant

B.S., UCLA, 2019

Interests
: mental health, inflammation, depression

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Grant Shields

Grant Shields
Project Coordinator

B.A., Simpson University, 2012
M.S., UC Davis, 2015


Interests
: stress, decision-making, inflammation, self-control

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Chandler Spahr
Research Assistant

B.S., UC Davis, 2017

Interests
: stress, mental health, memory, neurodevelopmental disorders

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Hilary Wilson
Research Assistant

B.A., UCLA, 2017

Interests
: depression, stress, mindfulness & mental health, body dysmorphic disorder

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Collaborators

Randy P. Auerbach, Ph.D., ABPP, Harvard Medical School | Website
Larry W. Barsalou, Ph.D., University of Glasgow | Website
Julie E. Bower, Ph.D., UCLA | Website

Melynda D. Casement, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh | Website
Steven W. Cole, Ph.D., UCLA | Website
Naomi I. Eisenberger, Ph.D., UCLA | Website

Elissa E. Epel, Ph.D., UCSF | Website
Ian H. Gotlib, Ph.D., Stanford University | Website
Greg Hajcak Proudfit, Ph.D., Stony Brook University | Website
Constance Hammen, Ph.D., UCLA | Website
Kate L. Harkness, Ph.D., Queen’s University | Website
Michael R. Irwin, M.D., UCLA | Website
Farrah Jacquez, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati | Website
Michael R. Jarcho, Ph.D., Loras College |
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Margaret E. Kemeny, Ph.D., UCSF | Website
Mark F. Lenzenweger, Ph.D., SUNY | Website
Susan K. Lutgendorf, Ph.D., University of Iowa | Website
Jennifer Malat, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati | Website
Greg E. Miller, Ph.D., Northwestern University | 
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Scott M. Monroe, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame | Website
Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D., Harvard University | Website
Aoife O’Donovan, Ph.D., UCSF | 
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Hector A. Olvera, Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso | Website
Elizabeth A. Phelps, Ph.D. | Website
Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D., Harvard University |
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Mitch J. Prinstein, Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill | Wesbite
Roxann Roberson-Nay, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University | Website
Nicolas Rohleder, Ph.D., Brandeis University | Website
Karen D. Rudolph, Ph.D., University of Illinois | Website
Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Ph.D., University of Kentucky | Website
Anil K. Sood, M.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center | Website
Shelley E. Taylor, Ph.D., UCLA | Website
April D. Thames, Ph.D., UCLA | Website
Loren Toussaint, Ph.D., Luther College | Website
Heather L. Urry, Ph.D., Tufts University | Website
Roland von Känel, M.D., Klinik Barmelweid AG | Website
Tor D. Wager, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder | Website
Aidan G.C. Wright, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh | Website
Gail E. Wyatt, Ph.D., UCLA | Website
Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Stanford University | Website

 

Lab Alumni

Pauline de Lange, 2009-2010
Master’s Thesis: Cumulative Life Stress and Psychological Health in Elder Care Providers

Tiffany Thornton, 2004-2005
Master’s Thesis: Transitional Life Events and the Course of Clinical Depression

Brandi Lewis, 2004-2005
Honors Thesis: Life Stress and Affective States in Clinical Depression

Corrie Doyle, 2004-2005
Master’s Thesis: Severe Life Stress and Motivational Systems in Major Depressive Disorder

Kimberly Merrill, 2003-2004
Honors Thesis: Chronic Life Stress and Major Depressive Disorder

Corrie Doyle, 2003-2004
Honors Thesis: Physiological Correlates of Life Stress in Clinical Depression

Halina Kowalski, 2002-2004
Honors Thesis: Diathesis-Stress Matches and Recovery from Major Depression

Lauren Anas, 2002-2004
Honors Thesis: Early Adversity and the Recurrence of Clinical Depression

Asako Kanazawa, 2002-2003
Honors Thesis: Cultural Differences in Dysfunctional Attitudes and Life Stress in Depression

Siong-Guan Chng, 2002-2003
Honors Thesis: Confidant Social Support and the Course of Major Depression

Erica Aronson, 2001-2002
Honors Thesis: Life Stress and Perceived Social Support in Depression

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