Maria Bleil received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in the joint Clinical Psychology and Biological/Health Psychology programs. She completed her clinical internship in the department of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation research examined the common and unique pathways by which individual differences in negative affective dispositions are related to variation in autonomic control of heart rate as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. She is interested in developing and testing models of disease risk that explain why psychological and biological risk factors for disease tend to co-occur. She is also interested in the role of the environment in modulating the relationship between psychological diatheses for disease and disease development itself.
Adam Carrico was a pre-doctoral intern in behavioral medicine at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. After completing internship in August, he will receive a PhD in Health-Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. His research interests focus broadly on examining the efficacy and effectiveness of stress management interventions for HIV-positive persons. As a postdoctoral fellow, he hopes to examine a stress and coping model of medication adherence in HIV-positive, methamphetamine using men who have sex with men. This project will inform the development of innovative interventions for this population.
Sonya Brady received her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Brady’s research examines the impact of stressful life experiences (e.g. poverty, violence exposure) on the development of youth, with an emphasis on adolescent engagement in health compromising behavior (e.g. substance use, sexual risk taking). Dr. Brady’s research objectives include understanding the process by which stressful life circumstances may lead to health compromising behavior, as well as how individual and environmental factors may alter this association. She is interested in public policies affecting youth and interventions to increase adolescents' engagement in health protective behaviors.
Jana Haritatos received her PhD from the University of Michigan in Personality Psychology. Her dissertation research focused on the intersections of multiple social identities in immigrant populations, examining the impact of cultural, ethnic and gender ideals on stress and health among Asian immigrant women and men. Her research interests center on social status (e.g., race/ethnicity, SES, gender) and health, and how socio-cultural and economic conditions influence and interact with psychosocial and physiological stress processes to shape chronic disease development and population health disparities.
Amy Kiefer received her PhD in Social Psychology and a Masters in Statistics from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses broadly on the sociocultural factors affecting women's well-being and their ability to thrive in professional and interpersonal contexts. Her most recent work examines the effects of parental conflict and family tension on sexual risk-taking among adolescents. She is also examining how marital status influences the development of metabolic syndrome.
Carrie Langner received her PhD in Social and Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on social power and social status, collective identity, and emotion. In particular, she is interested in the influence of socio-economic status on depression and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Langner’s current research investigates the social and emotional processes through which social power and social status impact health.