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Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH)


» Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH)

The Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH) embraces an interdisciplinary approach to understanding health and well-being across the lifespan.  The unifying focus of CEBAH is to examine the synergistic effects of biology, psychology and social context on psychological and physical health.  The CEBAH faculty consists of internationally recognized scholars investigating topics such as maternal-child health, postpartum depression, psychological well-being, relationships and health, resilience, body image and disordered eating, pain management, cardiovascular health, and sexual health.  The center conducts research that advances basic science and that has implications for public policy.  CEBAH also is committed to making findings from basic scientific research available to the public with the broader goal of enhancing general understanding of health and science.

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  • Dr. Laura Glynn

    Laura Glynn, Ph.D.

    Maternal Stress and Child Outcomes
    Dr. Glynn research consists of interdisciplinary program examining the interplay between biological, psychosocial and behavioral processes in human pregnancy and the influences of these processes on fetal/child development. Her research in the realm of maternal-child health covers three main areas: 1. Understanding the underlying causes of premature birth, the most serious problem in maternal-child health and the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the United States. 2. Elucidating how pre- and postnatal hormone exposures influence the female brain and behavior, and also more specifically the quality of maternal behavior and postpartum depression. 3. Determining the role of very early life influences in fetal, infant and child development.
    Dr. David Frederick

    David Frederick, Ph.D.

    Body Image, Antifat Stigma, and Human Sexuality
    Dr. David Frederick is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. He began teaching at Chapman in 2012. Growing up in rural upstate New York, he became fascinated with animal behavior, and his original dream was to chase monkeys around Africa as a primatologist. This spurred him to study how social and biological factors interact to shape the bodies, brains, and preferences of human and nonhuman animals. He enjoys teaching Research Methods, where students are taught how to use experimental and correlational research designs to understand studies on current issues such as debates over affirmative action and the causes of the wage gap between men and women, to how we can accurately measure people’s emotions. He also enjoys teaching Human Sexuality, where students learn how hormones, evolved biological systems, and social constructions can explain cross-cultural differences in sexuality, people’s mating preferences, factors shaping sexual orientation, and how doctors respond to intersex babies.  
    Dr. Julia Boehm

    Julia Boehm, Ph.D.

    Positive Psychology and Health
    Julia K. Boehm is an assistant professor in Psychology at Chapman University. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Boehm’s research centers broadly on well-being and investigates how people can thrive both mentally and physically. More specifically, her research examines whether positive psychological characteristics such as optimism and life satisfaction are associated with improved cardiovascular health. She recently authored an extensive review in Psychological Bulletin on this topic, and has conducted several prospective investigations of heart disease in epidemiological cohorts. In addition, she is interested in the behavioral and biological processes that are relevant for cardiovascular health. Dr. Boehm’s goal is to identify those psychological characteristics that contribute to healthy trajectories of cardiovascular functioning across the lifespan. Her work has been featured in many news outlets including Reuters, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and BBC News.
    Dr. Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook

    Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, Ph.D.

    Breastfeeding, Postpartum Depression
    Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook is an assistant professor in Psychology at Chapman University. She completed her PhD at Queen's University Belfast in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow in Health Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Hahn-Holbrook is the director of the Biology of Parenting lab, housed in Chapman University's Early Human and Lifespan Development Research Center. Dr. Hahn-Holbrook's research broadly explores the interplay between the psychological and biological processes that shape maternal mental and physical health. Using interdisciplinary frameworks from evolutionary, biological, and health psychology, her research has three primary domains of focus: (1) the psychological impacts of biological changes surrounding pregnancy and breastfeeding, (2) the role of stress and maternal resources in both bolstering or undermining maternal behaviors and health, and (3) the evolutionary origins of maternal behaviors and mental health disorders. She recently published the "Mismatch Theory of Postpartum Depression" in Current Directions in Psychological Science, linking evolutionarily novel environmental factors like early weaning, vitamin D deficiencies, and isolation from kin support networks to the high rates of postpartum depression seen today. Her work has been published in top academic journals (Annual Reviews of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Science, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews) and been featured by many news outlets such as the Huffington Post, MSNBC, and the Boston Globe.
    Dr. David Pincus

    David Pincus, Ph.D.

    Pain Management, Behavioral Medicine, Systems
    Dr. Pincus obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. His internship and post-doctoral clinical training was completed in community mental health settings, including a post-doctoral fellowship through The UC Davis Department of Psychiatry in Child Psychology. Dr. Pincus spent a number of years prior to his graduate training (more than 13,000 supervised clinical hours in total pre and post-doctoral experience) working with adults, children and families in various community based agencies.
    Dr. Georgiana Bostean

    Georgiana Bostean, Ph.D.

    Georgiana Bostean is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department and Environmental Science and Policy Program at Chapman University. She is a demographer and sociologist by training, with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and postdoctoral training in cancer prevention and control research at UCLA. Broadly, her research is in the area of population health and health disparities, focusing on the social determinants of health. Dr. Bostean’s research has examined selective migration and family relationships as contributors to the Latino epidemiological paradox, and the role of socioeconomic factors in explaining nativity differences in health behaviors and outcomes. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and UC Office of the President, and published in journals including Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health and Annals of Epidemiology.
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