George M. Slavich, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Founding Director, Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research
Investigator, Staglin One Mind Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Scientist, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
B.A. with honors, M.A., & M.A., Stanford University
M.S. & Ph.D., University of Oregon
Clinical Internship, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSF & UCLA

Interests: psychoneuroimmunology, social safety, stress, depression, social genomics, health
Email | Website

Lab Coordinators

Theresa Bui
Lab Coordinator
B.S., UCLA, 2017

Interests: stress, genetics of depression, cultural psychology, mental health

Stassja Sichko
Lab Coordinator
B.A., Pomona College, 2015

Interests: stress, physical & mental health, mindfulness, intergenerational transmission of risk


Lab Members

Jacob Allely
Research Assistant
B.A., UCLA, 2017

Interests: depression, developmental psychology, post traumatic stress disorder

Kayla Ardebilchi
Research Assistant
Milken Community High School

Interests: social stress, development, mental health

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

Milton Cazassa, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator
Ph.D., PUCRS/UCLA (Visiting Graduate Researcher), 2019
Specialist in Clinical Psychology, Federal Council of Psychology (Brazil), 2018
M.S., B.A., PUCRS (Brazil)

Interests: stress, mental health, psychoneuroimmunology, social genomics

Alberto Collazzoni, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Ph.D., 2014, University of L’ Aquila (Italy)
CBT Psychotherapist, 2017, APC / SPC, Rome (Italy)

Interests: stress, humiliation, family risk, psychopathology

Bailey Deal
Project Coordinator
B.S., UC Davis, 2016

: stress, inflammation, disease, consciousness


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

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


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

: stress, development, depression, physical health



Chantal Gabayan
Research Assistant

Milken Community High School

: stress, mental health, physical health


Dora Kirigin 
Master’s Thesis Student
B.A., University of Zagreb, 2011

Interests: cross cultural assessment of stress, psychological health

Mimi Lu 
Research Assistant
B.S., UCLA, 2018

Interests: depression, mental health, stress

Natalie Muren

Natalie 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

Rachel Ogata
Research Assistant

B.S., UCLA, 2018

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


Chandler Spahr
Project Coordinator

M.A., San Diego State University, 2020, B.S., UC Davis, 2017

: stress, mental health, r
elationships, social interactions

Kelly Sun
Research Assistant

B.S., UCLA, 2019

: inflammation, psychological health, genetic bases of depression



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 |
Margaret E. Kemeny, Ph.D., UCSF | Website
Mark F. Lenzenweger, Ph.D., SUNY | Website
Susan K. Lutgendorf, Ph.D., University of Iowa |
Jennifer Malat, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati | Website
Greg E. Miller, Ph.D., Northwestern University | 
Scott M. Monroe, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame | Website
Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D., Harvard University | Website
Aoife O’Donovan, Ph.D., UCSF | 
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 |
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
Grant S. Shields, Ph.D., University of Arkansas | 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 |

Lab Alumni

Santhosi Samudrala, 2016-2017
Hilary Wilson, 2015-2017
Abigail Looi, 2014-2016
Robert Manley, 2010-2013
Pauline de Lange, 2009-2010
Mashal Ali, 2010-2013
Daniel Araiza, 2009-2013
Stephen Imperiale-Hagerman, 2008-2012
Tiffany Thornton, 2004-2005
Brandi Lewis, 2004-2005
Corrie Doyle, 2004-2005
Kimberly Merrill, 2003-2004
Corrie Doyle, 2003-2004
Halina Kowalski, 2002-2004
Lauren Anas, 2002-2004
Asako Kanazawa, 2002-2003
Siong-Guan Chng, 2002-2003
Erica Aronson, 2001-2002

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