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Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Graduate Program Staff Assistant
Summary Statement

Grad student registration, admissions, & inquiries, doctoral committee composition, grad program milestones & procedures, BBH conference room reservations for grad students, grad school policies, comprehensive dissertation proposal and final oral defense scheduling.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Postdoctoral Scholar
Summary Statement

Hilary Bethancourt is a nutritional anthropologist and epidemiologist whose research interests revolve around identifying dietary and lifestyle approaches to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health and well-being at all stages of the life cycle. 

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Steven Branstetter has research interests in nicotine addiction, smoking behaviors, and individual and contextual influences on tobacco use in adults and adolescents.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Staff Assistant
Summary Statement

Carol is the Biobehavioral Health front desk greeter and receptionist. Her primary duties consist of maintaining inventory of kitchen and printer supplies, placing E-buy orders, reserving meeting rooms, assisting with reconciling purchasing cards and preparing expense reports.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Orfeu Buxton directs the Sleep, Health & Society Collaboratory at Penn State.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Professor-in-Charge of the Undergraduate Program
Summary Statement

Sonia Cavigelli conducts interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of individual differences in stress- and fear-related behavior and physiology.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and College of Nursing
Summary Statement

Anne-Marie Chang's research involves the inter-relationships of sleep physiology and behavior, circadian rhythms, cardio-metabolic health, cognitive function and genomics.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Human Research Technologist
Department
  • Family and Child Health Project
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Marie Cross is interested in how positive psychological factors, including positive emotion and different types of smiles, are associated with health and health-relevant outcomes.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Research Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Nicole Crowley works at the intersection of ex vivo electrophysiology, systems neuroscience and behavioral health.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Melina Czymoniewicz-Klippel's applied research focuses on understanding and addressing the determinants of health and health risks and resilience of vulnerable children and families, including refugees and asylum seekers

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Director of the Online Bachelor of Science Degree
Associate Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Beth Edwards' research interests focus on the use of harm reduction approaches to health interventions, particularly tobacco use and sexual health. 

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Christopher Engeland is interested in how stress, age, gender, and hormones affect immunity, inflammation, and health.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes is a trained epidemiologist with experience in the areas of Genetic, Epigenetic, and Social Epidemiology.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

JoAnn Foley has been teaching at the college level since 1994 and has taught classes ranging in size from 5 students to 170 students.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Center for Family Research in Diverse Contexts
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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Research Professor
Summary Statement

Lisa Goldberg has research interests that include identifying genetic factors that affect susceptibility to nicotine withdrawal symptoms, as well as transgenerational inheritance of epigenetic changes associated with drug use.   

Department
  • Neurobiological Investigation of Learning and Addiction - NILA
Jean Phillips Shibley Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department Head
Summary Statement

The goal of Thomas Gould's research is to use genetic, pharmacological, behavioral, and molecular biological techniques to study the neurobiology of learning and memory and the effects of addiction on it.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Professor-in-Charge of the Graduate Program
Summary Statement

Jennifer Graham-Engeland directs the Stress & Health lab; her research emphasizes psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying stress and health connections.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department
  • Sleep, Health, and Society
Associate Teaching Professor or Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Joseph Gyekis teaches undergraduate courses in the department of Biobehavioral Health, with a strong focus on research methods and applications, as well as a variety of topics related to drugs, genetics, and epidemiology.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant to the Department Head
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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Research Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Stress, Health, and Daily Experiences (SHADE) Lab
SNAP-Ed Project Assistant
Summary Statement

Holly Jones is the Project Assistant for the SNAP-Ed Health Bodies Project under the Family and Child Health Study. 

Department
  • Family and Child Health Project
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Helen Kamens focuses on identification of genetic and environmental mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Human Research Technologist
Department
  • Family and Child Health Project
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Nutritional Sciences
Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professorship in Nutrition
Summary Statement

As a social and behavioral scientist, Stephen Kodish is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions aimed to improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable populations globally.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Kari Kulger's primary research interest includes the development of effective and efficient behavioral interventions targeting a wide range of health behaviors among various populations and contexts.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Human Development and Family Studies
C. Eugene Bennett Chair in Prevention Research
Director of Edna Bennett Piece Prevention Research Center
Summary Statement

Stephanie Lanza's career is devoted to advancing prevention research in behavioral health through the development and application of innovative quantitative methods. She focuses this work in two key areas.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Internship Coordinator
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Director of the Biomarker Core Laboratory (BCL)
Associate Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Sheree Logue directs the Biomarker Core Laboratory (BCL) which is a fee-for-service facility offering biomarker research support for all departments in the College of Health and Human Development as well as other researchers at PSU. 

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Undergraduate Advisor
Summary Statement

Heather Low is an undergraduate academic advisor for BBH students.  She helps students with course registration, career/graduate school exploration, and graduation requirements for BBH.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Researcher, Family Health Study
Summary Statement

Regina Lozinski is part of the Family and Child Health Project under the direction of Dr. Lori Francis.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Research Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Project and Data Manager, Healthy Bodies Project
Summary Statement

Michelle Mannino is the Project and Data Manager for the USDA funded Healthy Bodies Project, a large-scale intervention research project focused on promoting heathy eating and physical activity in preschool children. 

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Undergraduate Advisor
Summary Statement

Teresa McGowan is an undergraduate academic advisor for BBH students.  She helps students with course registration, career/graduate school exploration, and graduation requirements for BBH.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department
  • Neurobiological Investigation of Learning and Addiction - NILA
Project Manager, Healthy Bodies Project
SNAP-Ed Educational Liason
Summary Statement

Colleen Mortimer is part of the Family and Child Health Project under the direction of Dr. Lori Francis.

Department
  • Family and Child Health Project
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Kyle Murdock focuses on the neurological, biological, and behavioral pathways through which emotions and interpersonal relationships may impact health outcomes using innovative/multidisciplinary research methods.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Director, Global Health Minor
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

As a long-time clinician, educator and administrator in international and domestic health and social service settings, Dana Naughton is strongly committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of health and global health practitioners.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Administration
Lead Undergraduate Advisor
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Research Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Brandi Rollins is a developmental, behavioral scientist with expertise in the influence of dysregulated eating and self-regulation processes (e.g.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Academic Director of the Survey Research Center
Summary Statement

Joshua Rosenbergers research focuses on the utilization of technologies as a methodological tool for the promotion of sexual health among men.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health
Director of Water, Health and Nutrition Lab
Summary Statement

Dr. Rosinger's overall research program is designed to understand how humans meet their water needs, how this relates to perception, environmental resources, and water insecurity, and the resulting health, hydration, and disease consequences.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Mike Russell's research focuses on connections between stress, affect, and health behaviors in the day-to-day lives of adolescents/young adults, using advanced statistical modeling and ambulatory assessment methods.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Research Professor of Human Genetics in the Biomarker Core Lab
Summary Statement

Sue Rutherford Siegel is a genetic researcher who examines interactions between the genetic and genomic basis of variation, the environmental interactions and the resulting behavioral and health outcomes of an individual. 

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Hannah Schreier’s lab focuses on how experiences during childhood and adolescence (e.g., growing up in poverty; child maltreatment) influence inflammatory and metabolic markers of chronic disease risk.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Consultant for the Biomarker Core Lab - Telomere Expert
Summary Statement

The focus of Idan Shalev's research is to identify mechanisms underpinning the biological embedding of stress and its effect on biological aging.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Undergraduate Staff Assistant
Summary Statement

Colby is primarily responsible for course scheduling, processing enrollment forms/grade changes, final exams, course substitutions, classroom reservations, degree audits, transcripts, & securing textbooks.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Administrative Support Assistant
Facilities Coordinator
Summary Statement

Emily Slimak performs all human resources related tasks, serves as the facilities coordinator for the department, and maintains the BBH department website and social media accounts.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Distinguished Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Medicine
Summary Statement

Joshua Smyth's focus is on the application of the biopsychosocial model, with particular interests in ambulatory assessment and mHealth, understanding stress, affect, behavior and health in everyday life, and innovative interventions.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Amy Snipes examines socio-behavioral factors in health. Her primary research focuses on the role of culture in understanding pesticide exposures, occupational injuries and other health disparities experienced by Latino immigrant farmworkers.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Financial Assistant
Summary Statement

Leslie performs all financial related tasks for the department of Biobehavioral Health.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Michele Stine's background is in health education and psychopharmacology.  As a member of the undergraduate faculty, her work has focused primarily on course and curriculum development.  She has served as a General Education Faculty Scholar and the Faculty Ad

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Prevention Research Center
Summary Statement

Rob Turrisi's research focus is in the application of behavioral decision-making to prevent underage drinking, drunk driving, and melanoma.  Since coming to Penn State in 2004, Turrisi has been a PI or Co-PI on well over $20,000,000 in research funds from the National Institut

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Lab Manager of the Stress and Immunity Lab
Multiplex Specialist in the Biomarker Core Lab
Summary Statement

Matt offers expertise and guidance in the execution of ELISA, Multiplex, and MSD analysis for the BCL.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Neuroscience Faculty, The Neuroscience Institute, The Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences
Summary Statement

David Vandenbergh's research group is interested in finding better ways to identify the genetic components of addiction-related behaviors.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Professor of Biobehavioral Health, Director, Vascular Health Interventions Laboratory / Stress and Nutrition Research Program
Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Linda Wray is a gerontologist and social epidemiologist by training.

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  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH