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Kymberlee M. O'Brien

Kymberlee M. O'Brien

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I am excited to be a part of the pre-health track for students at WPI. I truly enjoy teaching health psychology, psychological science, and the biological basis of psychology: psychophysiology. It is fascinating to consider the reciprocal relationships between internal psychological states and changes in physiology. Assessing these relationships, we can learn more about stress, implicit biases, resilience, cognitive effort, and factors associated with health disparities.

I was recently awarded the APF Visionary Award (2013-2014) and completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship with Drs. Celia Moore and Edward Tronick at UMass Boston. During that time, I was also named a Harvard University Sackler Scholar Fellow in Psychobiology (2011-2013).

My Ph.D. in Social Psychology was obtained at Brandeis University in 2011.

My research interests include:

-Social psychophysiological responses to stress, intergroup interactions, discrimination, stigma, and related appraisal processes.
-Autonomic nervous system and neuroendocrine monitoring on health outcomes.
-Social class and health disparities, etiology and epidemiology of disease outcomes related to social processes.
-Social emotions (e.g., shame, pride, empathy) in shaping physiology, appraisal, and behavior (e.g., self-esteem, morality, relationship formation and maintenance).
-Mind-body interactions on resilience and health.

Primary Interests:

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

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Courses Taught:

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

Kymberlee M. O'Brien
100 Institute Road
Social Sciences and Policy Studies
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
United States

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