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Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Steven Branstetter has research interests in nicotine addiction, smoking behaviors, and individual and contextual influences on tobacco use in adults and adolescents.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Elizabeth Fenton Susman Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Orfeu Buxton directs the Sleep, Health & Society Collaboratory at Penn State.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Sonia Cavigelli conducts interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of individual differences in stress- and fear-related behavior and physiology.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health and College of Nursing
Summary Statement

Anne-Marie Chang's research involves the inter-relationships of sleep physiology and behavior, circadian rhythms, cardio-metabolic health, cognitive function and genomics.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

The goal of Eric Claus' research is to identify neural and cognitive mechanisms that support behavior change in substance use disorders.  In addition, he uses neuromodulation techniques to modify functioning in relevant circuits in order to reduce

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor
Director, Social Science Research Institute
Summary Statement

Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, is director of the Social Science Research Institute and professor of biobehavioral health. Her research is focused on the social and healthcare factors that shape the health of women and children over the life course.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Christopher Engeland is interested in how stress, age, gender, and hormones affect immunity, inflammation, and health.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes is a trained epidemiologist with experience in the areas of Genetic, Epigenetic, and Social Epidemiology.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Jean Phillips Shibley Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department Head
Summary Statement

The goal of Thomas Gould's research is to use genetic, pharmacological, behavioral, and molecular biological techniques to study the neurobiology of learning and memory and the effects of addiction on it.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging
Summary Statement

Jenn Graham-Engeland, Director of the MESH Lab, investigates the the associations between psychological stress and stress responses with physical health and well-being.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Research Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Margeaux Gray's translational sleep research is focused on nonpharmacologic interventions to improve sleep quality and continuity, with topics of emphasis including the interaction among sleep, pain, and attention, and sleep fragmentation's impact on daytime function.

Department
  • Sleep, Health, and Society
Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

I am a neuropharmacologist with interests in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling, nutritional neuroscience, neuroendocrine physiology, and preclinical drug discovery. 

Department
  • Nutritional Sciences - NUTR
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Helen Kamens focuses on identification of genetic and environmental mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Nutritional Sciences
Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professorship in Nutrition
Summary Statement

As a social and behavioral scientist, Stephen Kodish is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions aimed to improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable populations globally.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (courtesy)
Edna P. Bennett Faculty Fellow in Prevention Research
Summary Statement

Stephanie Lanza's career is devoted to advancing research in behavioral health through the development and application of innovative quantitative methods; much of her work leverages intensive longitudinal methods and focuses on young adult substance use behavior.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Summary Statement

The goal of Nina Lauharatanahirun’s research is to use computational modeling, behavioral economic paradigms and functional neuroimaging (fMRI/EEG) to understand the neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying health risk behaviors across the life

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Harold Lee is a behavioral and social health scientist trained in genetics. He uses behavioral sciences to improve population health, particularly among those who are socially and genetically predisposed to poor health.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Director of the Biomarker Core Laboratory (BCL)
Associate Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Advisory Committee, Leadership Initiative
Summary Statement

Sheree Logue directs the Biomarker Core Laboratory (BCL) which is a fee-for-service facility offering biomarker research support for all departments in the College of Health and Human Development as well as other researchers at PSU. 

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Dr. Losin joined the faculty in March 2023 and is currently seeking graduate students for the 22/23 application cycle. 

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Kyle Murdock focuses on the neurological, biological, and behavioral pathways through which emotions and interpersonal relationships may impact health outcomes using innovative/multidisciplinary research methods.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Academic Director of the Survey Research Center
Summary Statement

Joshua Rosenbergers research focuses on the utilization of technologies as a methodological tool for the promotion of sexual health among men.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Director of Water, Health and Nutrition Lab
Environmental Health Sciences Program Area Leader
Summary Statement

Dr. Rosinger's overall research program is designed to understand how humans meet their water needs, how this relates to adaptation, environmental changes, and water insecurity, and the resulting health, hydration, and disease consequences.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Mike Russell's research focuses on connections between stress, affect, and health behaviors in the day-to-day lives of adolescents/young adults, using advanced statistical modeling and ambulatory assessment methods.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Research Professor of Human Genetics in the Biomarker Core Lab
Summary Statement

Sue Rutherford Siegel is a genetic researcher who examines interactions between the genetic and genomic basis of variation, the environmental interactions and the resulting behavioral and health outcomes of an individual. 

Department
  • Biomarker Core Lab - BCL
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Professor-In-Charge of the Graduate Program
Summary Statement

Hannah Schreier’s lab focuses on how experiences during childhood and adolescence (e.g., growing up in poverty; child maltreatment) influence inflammatory and metabolic markers of chronic disease risk.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

My research is focused on understanding how biopsychosocial processes across the lifespan, and at multiple time scales, influence variability in systemic dysfunction, aging and disease decades later, through changes in biological aging.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Associate Director, Social Science Research Institute
Summary Statement

Amy Snipes examines socio-behavioral factors in health. Her primary research focuses on the role of culture in understanding pesticide exposures, occupational injuries and other health disparities experienced by Latino immigrant farmworkers.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Derek Spangler’s research utilizes mobile sensors to investigate the dynamic physiological (e.g., autonomic nervous system) and behavioral (e.g., body motion, self-report) features of real-world stress and their impacts on health.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Prevention Research Center
Summary Statement

Rob Turrisi's research focus is in the application of behavioral decision-making in brief interventions to reduce underage substance misuse and cancer. This research is primarily funded by NIAAA and NCI.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Neuroscience Faculty, The Neuroscience Institute, The Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences
Vice-Chair, Sustainability Council
Summary Statement

David Vandenbergh's research group is interested in finding better ways to identify the genetic components of addiction-related behaviors.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Summary Statement

Dr. Veturi’s research includes integration of high-dimensional data with electronic health records to dissect shared genetics among complex human traits/diseases and to understand sex and ethnic differences in cognitive decline.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health, Director, Vascular Health Interventions Laboratory / Stress and Nutrition Research Program
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Linda Wray is a gerontologist and social epidemiologist by training.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH