Director, George M. Slavich, PhD

George M. Slavich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Research Scientist, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
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, depression, social genomics, health

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Slavich is a leading expert in the conceptualization and assessment of life stress, and an expert in psychological and biological mechanisms linking stress with certain disease conditions, especially depression, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. He developed the first online system for assessing lifetime stress exposure; formulated the first fully integrated, multi-level theory of depression; elucidated the neural mechanisms underlying inflammatory reactivity to social stress; and is helping pioneer a new field of research, called human social genomics. In addition to these basic research efforts, he is deeply devoted to teaching and mentoring and to developing groups that promote student development. Early in his career, for example, he founded the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Western Psychological Association Student Council, and Society of Clinical Psychology’s Section on Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists. More recently, he has characterized a new approach to classroom instruction, called transformational teaching, and written more than 15 articles on professional development issues in science. He has received fifteen major awards for these contributions since 2009, including the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Herbert Weiner Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology, and Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Graduate Students from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Slavich completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. 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 and then as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. He is presently an associate professor and Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and a Research Scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, where he directs the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research.

Education and Training

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

University Employment

– Research Scientist, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, UCLA, 2010-Present
– Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, 2010-2015
– Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, 2015-Present

Honors and Awards

– Valedictorian, Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara, CA, 1996
– 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
– Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, 2015
– Early Career Award, Society for Research in Psychopathology, 2015
– Early Career Investigator Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2015
– Herbert Weiner Early Career Award, American Psychosomatic Society, 2016

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
– Psychoneuroimmunology: Recent Findings and Clinical Implications, Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, Split, Croatia, 2015
– Innovations in Stress Research, co-organized as part of the National Institute on Aging-Supported Stress Measurement Network, Chicago, IL, 2016

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
– Standing Member, National Institute on Aging (NIA) Working Group on Stress Conceptualization and Assessment, 2011-Present
– Standing Member, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Working Group on Life Stress, Emotion, and Cancer, 2012-Present
– Expert Consultant, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Working Group on Common Measures for Assessing Psychiatric and Psychosocial Processes, 2013-Present
– Expert Consultant, Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Common Fund Program, National Institutes of Health, 2014-Present
– Associate Director, National Institute on Aging (NIA) Stress Measurement Network, 2015-Present

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 Psychiatry; JAMA Psychiatry; Biological Psychiatry; Psychological BulletinClinical Psychology Review; Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews; The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; Schizophrenia BulletinClinical Psychological Science; Psychological Science; Psychological Medicine; Psychoneuroendocrinology; Psychosomatic Medicine; Health PsychologyBrain, Behavior, and Immunity; Journal of Behavioral MedicineBiological Psychology; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Harvard Review of Psychiatry; Journal of Health Psychology; Journal of Psychiatric Research; Cancer Medicine; Genes, Brain, and Behavior; PLoS One; Physiological Genomics; Brain Imaging and Behavior; European Journal of Psychological Assessment; International Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Journal of Affective Disorders; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and CognitionCognition and Emotion; Cognitive Therapy and Research; Social Science Research; Psychiatry Research; Anxiety, Stress, and Coping; Bipolar Disorders; Gender Medicine; Child Abuse and Neglect; BMC Psychiatry; Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology; Teaching of Psychology

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