People

Lab Members

Julienne Bower, Ph.D. (Director)

Dr. Bower’s research focuses broadly on mind-body interactions among individuals confronting stressful life events, particularly diagnosis with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. One area of her research examines how positive psychological factors, such as benefit finding, positive affect, and goal engagement, influence physical health, with a focus on the biological pathways that link positive psychological states and health outcomes.
Another line of research examines immune effects on mood and behavior, including fatigue, depression, and sleep disturbance. Dr. Bower also conducts mind-body interventions (i.e., yoga, Tai Chi, and mindfulness meditation) with a focus on how these treatments influence immune and neuroendocrine function. Dr. Bower is associated with the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at UCLA and provides trainees with didactic and research training in these areas.
Tyrus Korecki 

Tyrus Korecki is a first-year graduate student in Health Psychology. His primary research interests include health and resilience among individuals in high-stress occupations, mindfulness-based interventions for stress management, and psychological factors that impact inflammation, resilience, and thriving in the face of difficulty. Outside of school, Tyrus enjoys working out, teaching yoga, and reading a good book.
Yrvane Pageot

Yrvane Pageot is a fourth-year student in Health Psychology. Ms. Pageot’s research is focused on the intersections between physical and mental health, specifically the influence of psychological factors on chronic disease. She is also interested in assessing how socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities can influence health outcomes. In her free time, Yrvane enjoys traveling to new places and learning about different cultures, trying new foods, and watching movies.
Arielle Radin

Arielle Radin is a fifth-year student in Health Psychology. She investigates the interplay between the immune system, cognitive processes and emotion regulation and how the connections between them impact psychological adjustment to chronic diseases. She is particularly interested in the role of inflammation in cancer-related cognitive impairment and coping. Outside of school, Arielle enjoys yoga, going to the beach, and traveling.
Danny Rahal

Danny Rahal is a sixth -year graduate student in Developmental Psychology. He is interested in how both feeling of low status and being treated as low status can negatively impact well-being and exacerbate existing status-based disparities in health. He is particularly interested in how low status can impact emotional and physiological responses to stress. When not in the lab, Danny is likely either hiking, running, or watching a musical.
Chloe Boyle, Ph.D.

Dr. Boyle received her Ph.D in Health Psychology from UCLA in 2018, with Dr. Julie Bower as her primary mentor, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, with Dr. Michael Irwin as her primary mentor. Her research aims to characterize psychobiological mechanisms underlying risk and resilience to onset and recurrence of depressive disorders. She is particularly interested in how inflammatory signaling can induce dysregulation in the reward system to cause the symptom of anhedonia, or loss of interest or pleasure. When not in the lab she enjoys hiking with her dog, Toast. Toast enjoys being carried whilst hiking.

Lab Alumni

Andrew Manigault, Ph.D.

Biostatistician, Brown University

Marcie Haydon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Irvine

Sasha Reed, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, US Dept of Veterans Affairs

Kelly Rentscher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine,  Medical College of Wisconsin


Kate Ryan Kuhlman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychological Science, UC Irvine

Chloe Boyle, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cousins Center for PNI, UCLA

Larissa Dooley, Ph.D.

Research Associate, See Change Institute


Alexandra Dupont Crosswell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco


Elizabeth Raposa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University


Patricia I. Moreno, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Jessica Chiang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University


Joshua Wiley, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Monash University School of Psychological sciences


Carissa A. Low, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Hematology/Oncology and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh


Michael Hoyt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health, UC Irvine



Collaborators

Andrew Fuligni, Ph.D.

Patricia Ganz, M.D.

Michael Irwin, M.D.

Steve Cole, Ph.D.

Naomi Eisenberger, Ph.D.

Jude Carroll, Ph.D.