Dr. Jennifer E. Graham-Engeland
Dr. Jennifer Graham-Engeland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health. She joined the Biobehavioral Health faculty in 2006. Her PhD is in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University and she completed postdoctoral work in psychoneuroimmunology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Graham-Engeland is a principal investigator (multiple) on a 5-year project titled “Inflammatory Mediators of Stress and Cognitive Aging,” funded by the National Institutes of Health (via the National Institute on Aging). She also has a number of other active research projects focused on stress/mood/and pain connections and novel methodological approaches. Dr. Graham-Engeland's original research in these areas is published in biomedical and psychological journals and she has also contributed several important reviews of work in her field. Dr. Graham-Engeland has been invited to present her work at different forums worldwide, and has chaired several symposiums at international conferences, such as the American Psychosomatic Society and the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. She also serves as a reviewer for a number of journals related to biobehavioral medicine. Importantly, Dr. Graham-Engeland is a dedicated instructor as well; she teaches multiple courses, including Gender and Health, and Integrative Integration in Biobehavioral Health.
Dr. Graham-Engeland investigates the impact of psychological stress on physical health and the psychological, physiological, and behavioral mechanisms underlying stress and health connections. She emphasizes the impact of cognitive and emotional responses to stress (e.g., rumination, meaning-making, anger) and their potential as targets for non-pharmacological intervention. Specific topics of her research program include: 1) adaptive consequences of recognizing and expressing negative emotion; 2) how emotion, depressed mood, inflammation, and physical pain are bi-directionally connected; 3) the use of immune-related biomarkers (particularly inflammatory markers) as outcomes or mediators of stress and health phenomena, and 4) the relevance of situational forces (e.g., relationship dynamics) and individual differences (e.g., hostility, loneliness, gender) on stress and health connections, with particular emphasis on chronic pain and inflammation