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.
Andrew Manigault, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrew Manigault studies pathways linking stressors to physical and mental health. His research examines stress management strategies, population-specific processes (e.g., sexual minority identity disclosure), cognitive tendencies, and social factors as they relate to biological stress-response systems. In addition, Dr. Andrew Manigault is interested in factors that facilitate or hinder adaptation to repeated stressors. During his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Manigault will examine biological processes underlying depression, with a focus on inflammation. His work will interrogate links between inflammation and depression in the aftermath of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as individual difference factors that confer risk or resilience.
Chloe Boyle, Ph.D.
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. As a UCLA PNI Fellow, she is using an experimental model to examine effects of inflammation on anhedonic symptoms in pre- and post-menopausal women to better understand sex and age differences in depression prevalence. In support of this project she has received a Cousins Center Seed Grant Award and an NIH/ORWH administrative supplement. She is currently expanding her research program to study effects of inflammation on anhedonia in individuals with anxiety, with support from the Friends of the Semel Institute Research Scholar Award. When not in the lab she enjoys hiking with her dog, Toast. Toast enjoys being carried whilst hiking.
Kelly Rentscher, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelly Rentscher completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and faculty member in the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. Her research examines the biological mechanisms that link experiences of social and health-related adversity to increased risk for accelerated aging and age-related disease, and how close relationship processes may serve as protective buffers against the deleterious effects of adversity on health. She recently received an NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award in support of this research, for which Dr. Bower is a primary mentor. She also enjoys being outdoors, yoga, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.
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
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Monash University School of Psychological sciences
Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychology, and Biomedical-Informatics, University of Pittsburg
Associate Professor, Public Health, UC Irvine