November 2021

A new study published by Dr. Bower in Journal of Clinical Oncology found that two behavioral interventions – mindfulness meditation (MAPs) and survivorship education (SE) – reduced depressive symptoms in young breast cancer survivors.  We are currently working on a digital version of the mindfulness intervention to increase the reach of this promising approach.


May 2021

Dr. Bower presided over the 2021 virtual meeting of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.  The meeting featured a wonderful line-up of speakers, including many Mind-Body lab members!  Yrvane Pageot, Arielle Radin, Kate Kuhlman, and Andrew Manigault (former post-doc in the Mind-Body lab) all presented their work, and Yrvane was selected as a Michael Irwin EDI awardee!

March 2021

Mind-Body Lab alumnus Kate Kuhlman, now an Assistant Professor at UC Irvine, was selected as a “Rising Star” by the American Psychological Society.  Congratulations Kate!

Yrvane Pageot was featured as part of UCLA International Women’s Day!

She was also recognized as a Health Equity Scholar by the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

December 2020

Many Bower Lab members presented their work at the American Psychosomatic Society Virtual Conference on 12/3/20.

Arielle Radin presented findings from her study on COVID thoughts and behaviors and mental health in undergraduates.

Marcie Haydon presented findings from her study on the impact of COVID-19  on Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivors.

Congratulations also to Dr. Andrew Manigault and Danny Rahal who presented award winning posters in the citation poster session and for health behaviors!

November 2020

A new article from the Bower lab was accepted for publication in the journal Cancer, entitled “Do all cancer patients experience fatigue?  A longitudinal study of fatigue trajectories in women with breast cancer”.

October 2020

Dr. Kelly Rentscher received a UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award and an NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award to support her research examining the influence of close relationship processes on accelerated biological and phenotypic aging in hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) survivors.

June 2020

Danny Rahal received an NIH F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) and the Dissertation Year Fellowship from UCLA to support his dissertation research. The NRSA is a training grant awarded through the National Institute for Drug Abuse to support Danny as he learns statistical analyses and content knowledge for studying substance use in adolescents. His dissertation focuses on the concurrent and prospective associations between physiological and emotional responses to daily and laboratory stress and substance use initiation in middle and late adolescence.

May 2020

In support of her dissertation project, Marcie Haydon received the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship and a summer fellowship from the newly established UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute. Her project will test the efficacy of a short, online intervention designed to enhance well-being in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors.

New review from the Bower lab on “Building a healthy neuro-immune network:  A Health Psychology Approach” published in Social and Personality Psychology Compass