E. TAYLOR received
her Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University. After a visiting
professorship at Yale and assistant and associate professorships at
Harvard University, she joined the faculty of UCLA in 1979. Her research
interests, which are detailed in this website, include the psychological
and social origins and moderators of biological responses to stress.
Professor Taylor is the recipient of a number of awards, most notably
election to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine,
and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received the American
Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Contribution to
Psychology Award, the William James Fellow Award of the Association of
Psychological Science, the Donald Campbell Award in Social Psychology, a
10-year Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute
of Mental Health, an Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award in
Health Psychology, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American
Psychological Association. She is the author of more than 350 publications in
journals and books and is the author of Social Cognition, Positive
Illusions, The Tending Instinct, and Health Psychology.
interests center around the interdisciplinary study of social
relationships from a biobehavioral evolutionary perspective. To date,
his research has focused on:
1) the psychophysiological consequences of stressful interactions and
the ameliorating effects of social support,
2) the factors predicting subjective well-being, with a focus on social
relationships and underlying cognitive processes, and
3) sex and gender differences in social behavior and in the importance
of social relationships to overall health and well-being.
Shimon is also currently exploring his interest in the social
psychological processes underpinning recent developments in the study of
graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology.
She is currently a second-year graduate student in health psychology and
is broadly interested in the physiological pathways by which
psychological and social processes influence physical health. Her
current research is on:
(1) ethnic differences in
the effects of social evaluation on immune functioning
(2) how daily social
interactions and social rejection are related to inflammation and
(3) cultural differences in
the effects of self-reflection over an acute stressor on hormonal
UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to working with
Dr. Taylor, she worked as a research assistant for Dr.
Theodore Robles, investigating how social connections
within the family environment influence health. She
wrote her departmental honors thesis with Dr. Robles,
which explored the relationship between types of social
support (invisible or visible) and emotion (positive or
negative). Marie plans on applying to graduate school in
either Social or Health Psychology in the fall.
Dr. Heejung Kim
received her first BA in French Literature from Ewha Women's University in
Seoul, Korea, and her second BA in Psychology from the University of Southern
California. She received her MA and PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford
University in 2001. After receiving her PhD, she was hired as an assistant
professor at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA until 2003 when she moved to
UCSB. Her research focuses on the influence of culture on thinking, feeling,
relationship and decision making.
Matthew Lieberman received his Ph.D.
from Harvard in 1999 and is an assistant professor of psychology at UCLA.
He is interested in issues of emotion regulation and automatic versus controlled
social cognition. His lab uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
to study these questions from a social cognitive neuroscience approach.
Rena Repetti is a
Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in
1985 from Yale University. Repetti studies stress and coping processes in the
family. Her work points to the overriding importance of the family social and
emotional environment for the health and well being of parents and children, and
to the dynamic interplay between an individual's efforts to cope with daily
stressors and patterns of family interaction. The findings from her program of
research suggest several processes through which common daily stressors
originating outside of the home (at work and at school) influence individuals
Dr. Teresa Seeman
is a Professor in the Division of
Geriatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Seeman is an epidemiologist with
additional postdoctoral training in neuroendocrinology. She has extensive
experience in community-based epidemiologic research focusing on psychological
and social factors in health and aging and has served as a Principal
Investigator for the MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging. Many of Seeman's
recent publications have focused on the effects of social and psychological
factors on neuroendocrine regulation and cognitive and physical functioning.
Seeman is Co-Director, with David Reuben, of the Hartford Center for Excellence
at UCLA, a training program for geriatric fellows who plan a career in research.
DR. David Sherman
received his BA in
psychology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He received his Ph. D. in
psychology from Stanford University in 2000, and was a post-doctoral fellow in
Health Psychology at UCLA from 2000 to 2003 working with Shelley Taylor and
Traci Mann. He is the recipient of the 2003 Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral
Research from UCLA and is a co-PI with Shelley Taylor and Heejung Kim on a
research grant from the National Science Foundation. David Sherman's research
examines the role of the self in responding to threats and stressful events. In
particular, he studies 1) how self-affirmation can make people more open to
threatening information, and 2) cultural differences in how people use social
support in times of stress. In this research, he examines how the basic motive
to protect self-integrity is affected by socio-cultural factors and influences
the psychological processes of defensiveness and openness.
Dr. Naomi Eisenberger
graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and
then received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA in
2005. She is currently an assistant professor in the
UCLA Department of Psychology investigating the
influence of immune system activity on neural function.
Her primary interests are in understanding how the need
for social connection has left its mark on the mind,
brain, and body. She asks questions such as: "Why does
social rejection hurt?" or "Why does social support
bolster health and well-being?" and then uses cognitive
neuroscience techniques to elucidate the neural systems
involved to better understand the computational and
experiential substrates of these complex processes.
Dr. Sarah Master
graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology and the
Biological Bases of Behavior. Currently, she is a 4th year graduate student in
social and health psychology. Broadly speaking, Sarah is interested in the
biological and neural underpinnings of human thought, affect, and behavior. More
specifically, her research interests revolve around the psychological,
physiological, and neural bases and effects of stress and stress-coping
mechanisms. She is currently completing a project looking at the neural
mechanisms by which social support may have attenuating effects on the distress
associated with physical discomfort. This project will be a fundamental step in
understanding how social support gets under the skin to affect biological and
emotional health outcomes via neural mechanisms.
DR. Baldwin Way
received a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA in 2003 and a BA in Government at
Dartmouth College. With a background in neurochemical anatomy, his
research focus as a Health Psychology postdoctoral fellow is upon the
interaction of social experience with neurochemical modulatory systems in the
regulation and neurophysiology of the stress response.