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Graduate Student

Stress and Health Lab
Advisor: Jennifer Graham-Engeland, Ph.D.

219 Biobehavioral Health Building
University Park, PA 16802

814-863-7256
azm244@psu.edu

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Research Interests

  • Neurobiological and psychological factors associated with stress and pain, and their influence on health outcomes and resilience
  • Influence of individual differences in early life stress and emotion regulation/cognitive reappraisal on neuroendocrine and immune activity

Publications

Mathur, A., Graham-Engeland, J. E. (in preparation). Sleep quality moderates the association between pain severity and negative affect in college students.
Mathur, A., Graham-Engeland, J. E. (in preparation). Early life adversity, emotion regulation, and inflammation: A structured narrative review.
Graham-Engeland, J. E., Mathur, A., Engeland, C., Katz, M., Lipton, R., Smyth, J. M., & Sliwinski, M. J. (in preparation). Peripheral Inflammation and physical pain: Moderation by negative mood.
Mathur, A., Sliwinski, M. J., Smyth, J. M., Slavish, D. C., Lipton, R. B., Katz, M. J., & Graham-Engeland, J. E. (in preparation). Recalled early life adversity and pain: The role of mood, sleep, optimism, and perceived control.
Balderston, N. L., Mathur, A., Adu-Brimpong, J., Hale, E. A., Ernst. M., & Grillon, C. (2015). Effect of anxiety on behavioural pattern separation in humans. Cognition and Emotion, 31(2), 238-248. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1096235.
Grillon, C., Robinson, O. J., Mathur, A., & Ernst, M. (2015). Effect of attention control on sustained attention during induced-anxiety. Cognition and Emotion, 30(4), 700-712. doi:10.1080/02699931.2015.1024614.
Grillon, C., Quispe-Escudero, D., Mathur, A., & Ernst, M. (2015). Mental fatigue impairs emotion regulation. Emotion, 15(3), 383-389. doi: 10.1037/emo0000058.

Awards

  • Graham Fellowship Award, Penn State: 2014-2015
  • Fund for Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Award, Department of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State: 2014-2015
  • Fund for Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Award, Department of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State: 2014-2015
  • Biobehavioral Health Ford Doctoral Student Professional Development Endowment Award, Penn State: 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society: 2012
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement: College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, UMD: 2009 and 2012
  • Primannum Honor Society - Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma: 2009
  • Semester Academic Honors, UMD: 2008-2012
  • Maryland Distinguished Scholar: Honorable Mention Academic Scholarship Recipient: 2008 - 2012

Education

Ph.D. Biobehavioral Health, Anticipated 2019
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
M.S. Biobehavioral Health, 2016
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
B.S. Biology (Physiology & Neurobiology) and Psychology, 2012
University of Maryland, College Park, MD