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Kymberlee O'Brien

Kymberlee O'Brien

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I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with Drs. Celia Moore and Edward Tronick. I was recently named a Harvard University Sackler Scholar Fellow in Psychobiology (2011-2012).

I attained my Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Brandeis University in 2011.
My research activities include:

• Autonomic nervous system monitoring, including cardiovascular and neuroendocrine parameters
• Psychophysiological processes in the development of emotion regulation and social engagement, including the etiology of pathophysiological disorders, including hair cortisol and immune parameters
• Social class and health disparities, resilience, etiology and epidemiology of disease related to social processes
• Stress associated with intergroup interactions, social identity threat (e.g., challenge and threat processes)
• Social emotions in healthy and pathological populations (e.g., shame, pride, empathy) in shaping physiological responsiveness, appraisal and behavior (e.g., social identity, self-esteem, bias, moral judgments, relationship formation and maintenance)

Primary Interests:

  • Health Psychology
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Courses Taught:

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Social Psychology Lecture
  • Social Psychology Research Lab
  • Social Psychology Seminar
  • Statistics

Kymberlee O'Brien
360 Huntington Ave.
Dept of Psychology
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States

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