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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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    Laura Glynn, PhD

    Dr. Glynn's 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, PhD

    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, PhD

    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, PhD

    Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook is an assistant professor in Psychology at UC Merced. 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 former 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, PhD

    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, PhD

    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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    Vincent Berardi, PhD

    Dr. Vincent Berardi joined Chapman University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Computational Health Psychology within the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science.  His research lies at the intersection of behavioral science, mathematics, and computational science.  A common theme throughout his work is the recognition that the increasing ubiquity of mobile technology offers the opportunity to observe and intervene upon behavior on a personal level in near real-time. The extensive data generated by such technology, though, requires the development of innovative analytic techniques to model and investigate behavioral systems with an increased level of rigor.  The quality of developed models are increased by incorporating objective principles from behavioral science.   His work has spanned many domains, including secondhand smoke abatement, physical activity promotion, and driving risk reduction.  In each of these cases, machine learning and other novel analytic techniques were applied to intensive longitudinal data with a focus towards assessing and changing behavior in real-time.  He has also collaborated with a group using image processing techniques to assess large databases of commercial magazines in order to infer conclusions about changing societal norms.

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    Brooke Jenkins, PhD

    Brooke Jenkins’ research program focuses on the intersection of stress, emotion, and health. She investigates how individual differences in emotion and emotion regulation affect health outcomes related to stress. She examines these processes across several different stress contexts in diverse populations, including children, adults with chronic illnesses, and individuals of minority backgrounds. Her work focuses on physiological and behavioral health outcomes such as recovery from surgery, pain, autonomic nervous system activity, sleep, and dietary adherence. Working both in the lab and natural environments, she uses a multi-method, theoretically-driven approach to solve health problems related to stress by applying rigorous study designs and advanced data analytic techniques, including multilevel modeling, spline growth curve modeling, survival analysis, and nonlinear methods. A unique aspect of her work is the development of methods to accurately measure the emotion and health outcomes that emerge during the stress process. 

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    Tara Gruenewald, PhD, MPH

    Dr. Tara Gruenewald is an Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology who joined the Chapman faculty in the Fall of 2017.  Tara is a social and health psychologist with additional postdoctoral training in Public Health and Gerontology.  Her research focuses on the social and psychological factors which shape cognitive and physical functioning, physiology, and mental and physical health across the life course.  Current foci include:  (1) Identification of the psychological, social, behavioral, and biological pathways which underlie socieoeconomic gradients in functioning and health, (2) The role of perceptions of generativity in shaping health and functioning in later life, and (3) Examination of health correlates of generative activity and intergenerational civic activity engagement.  Her research utilizes a wide array of designs including longitudinal cohort studies, experience sampling investigations, and experiments in the lab and in natural environments, as well as diverse data collection methods.

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