Director, George M. Slavich, PhD

George M. Slavich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Research Scientist, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
B.A. with honors, Stanford University, 2000
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2006

Interests: stress, inflammation, depression, social genomics, health

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Slavich is an assistant professor and Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He is also a Research Scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, where he directs the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research. He completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University, working with Dr. Ian Gotlib, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon, working with Dr. Scott Monroe. After graduate school, he was a clinical psychology intern at McLean Hospital and a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed three years of postdoctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology, first as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Health Psychology Program at UCSF, where he worked with Drs. Margaret Kemeny and Elissa Epel, and then as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, where he worked with Drs. Naomi Eisenberger, Steve Cole, Connie Hammen, and Shelley Taylor. Dr. Slavich’s research examines how adverse social experiences affect health, particularly in the context of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and depression. Dr. Slavich is also a stress assessment and intervention expert, and has provided life stress consultation and management services to a variety of public and private organizations including the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, and several large companies and universities. He has also helped many major organizations implement brief, empirically based stress reduction programs. In addition to research, Dr. Slavich is deeply devoted to teaching and mentoring, and to developing groups and forums that promote student development. For example, early in his career he founded the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, the Western Psychological Association Student Council, and the Society of Clinical Psychology’s Section on Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists. He has received several awards for these contributions including the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Graduate Students from the American Psychological Association.

Education and Training

– B.A. in Psychology, with Honors, Stanford University, 2000
– M.A. in Personality Psychology, Stanford University, 2001
– M.A. in Communication, Stanford University, 2001
– M.S. in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, 2002
– Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, 2006
– Clinical Psychology Internship, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, 2006-2007
– NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF, 2007-2009
– NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoneuroimmunology, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, UCLA, 2009-2010

University Employment

– Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, 2010-Present
– Research Scientist, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, UCLA, 2010-Present

Honors and Awards

– Member, Stanford University Honors College, Stanford University, 1999
– Inductee, Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, Stanford Chapter, 2000
– Departmental Honors, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, 2000
– Outstanding Service Award, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, 2001
– Graduation commencement speaker, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, 2001
– Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2001-2005
– Finalist, Graduate Teaching Fellows Award, University of Oregon, 2002
– Travel/Research Award, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, 2002
– Oregon Daily Emerald Graduate Teaching Fellow of the Year, University of Oregon, 2003
– University of Oregon Graduate School Research Award, 2003
– Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award, Association for Psychological Science, 2004
– Smadar Levin Award (Honorable Mention), Society for Research in Psychopathology, 2004
– Multivariate Software Outstanding Research Award, Western Psychological Association, 2004
– Robert L. Solso Graduate Student Research Award, Western Psychological Association, 2004
– Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award, American Psychological Association, 2005
– Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2005
– Student Research Award, Oregon Psychological Association, 2006
– Student Scholarship Award, Western Psychological Foundation, 2006
– Instructional Resource Award, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2006
– Beck Institute Scholar, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, 2008-2009
– Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellowship, 2009-2013
– Robert E. Harris Award for Health Psychology, UCSF, 2009
– Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2011
– Enrico E. Jones Early Career Award for Research in Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology, Western Psychological Association, 2011
– Best Clinical Research Abstract, 8th Annual UCLA Basic and Translational Science Symposium, 2011
– Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Graduate Students, American Psychological Association, 2012
– Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology, Society of Clinical Psychology and the American Psychological Foundation, 2012
– Early Career Research Award, Western Psychological Association, 2012
– Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, 2012
– Outstanding Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, 2014

Publications

Available Here

Professional Activities (Selected)

Scientific Meetings Organized

– 1st Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2001
– Genes & Environment: Finding the Missing Heritability of Complex Traits, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2010

Leadership Positions and Committees

– Founder and Chair, Western Psychological Association Student Council, 2001-2005
– Member, Board of Directors, Western Psychological Association, 2002-2006
– Founder, President-Elect, President, and Past-President, Society of Clinical Psychology’s Section on Graduate Student and Early Career Psychologists, 2006-2009

Editorial Experience

– Editor, Student Forum, The Clinical Psychologist, 2006-2009
– Editor, Translational Neuroscience, 2012-present
– Editorial Board, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2013-present
– Ad-Hoc Reviewer: Science; Molecular Psychiatry; American Journal of PsychiatryJAMA Psychiatry; Biological Psychiatry; Neuroscience and Biobehavioral ReviewsThe Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; Psychological Science; Psychological Medicine; Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Psychoneuroendocrinology; Brain, Behavior, & Immunity; Psychosomatic Medicine; Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyCancer MedicineGenes, Brain, and Behavior; Physiological Genomics; European Journal of Psychological AssessmentPLoS One; Harvard Review of PsychiatryJournal of Psychiatric Research; Journal of Affective Disorders; Journal of Health Psychology; Psychiatry Research; Anxiety, Stress, and Coping; Bipolar Disorders; Child Abuse & Neglect; Gender Medicine; Cognition and Emotion; Cognitive Therapy & Research; Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology; BMC Psychiatry; Teaching of Psychology

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