Welcome to the Chair of Health Psychology!
Our main research aims revolve around the associations between acute as well as chronic stress with human health. Our work aims to understand causal, pathophysiological pathways driving health detriments in individuals living under chronic stress, or with affective disorders. The key pathway we are focusing on is inflammation, and we study how it is regulated by stress system activity and reactivity (read more under research).
We offer courses in General Psychology I (Sensation and Perception, and Cognition), Biological Psychology, and Health Psychology.
New paper from our Brandeis Health Psych Lab Team under first authorship by grad student Alex Fiksdal showing that symptoms of anxiety and depression show differential, specific associations with cortisol response and recovery to acute stress.
Particularly excited about the inclusion of recovery ...
We are happy to share the news that we are now offering salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) measurements for EUR 2.00 / sample (in duplicate).
Find more info on our Biomarker Assay Service Page.
In this invited editorial comment, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, Dr. Rohleder analyzes and discusses results presented by Penz et al. (2017) on cortisol concentration in hair, and its relationship with burnout symptoms.
This paper is available for free download until 1/15/2018.
In this new paper, published in Biological Psychology, and first authored by Johanna Janson, M.Sc., we studied whether different post-stress state coping strategies were predictive of differential trajectories of cortisol response and recovery.
Principal component analyses of post-stress state co...
Very happy to announce that our Colloquium this Wednesday (July 12, 2017) will be featuring a talk by Prof. Dr. Claudia Buß, Charité Berlin:
“Fetal Programming of Brain Development and Risk for Psychiatric Disorders – The Role of Maternal Stress and Stress Biology”