Psychology Office: 455A Baker Hall
Psychology Phone: 412-268-2525
Advisor: Vicki Helgeson
Broadly, my research questions ask how social, psychological, and biological factors relate to health.
More specifically, I am interested in how changes in social connectedness (social transitions) throughout the life-course are associated with long-term physical and psychological health outcomes. Of particular interest are the relation of the characteristics (e.g., frequency, severity, duration) of these social transitions throughout the life-course to disease and the potential mechanisms underlying these processes.
My current efforts seek to validate an instrument to quantify the characteristics of life-course social transitions, and future plans include incorporating psychophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology to explore the potential role of these characteristics in disease models.
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