Rebecca Reed , Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Psychology

Graduate Student Advisees: 

  • Abby Hillmann

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona

Research Interest Summary

Psychoneuroimmunology; Aging; Emotion Regulation; Close Relationships

Research Interests

My research focuses on biopsychosocial factors that contribute to health across the later adult lifespan. I investigate three inter-related areas: (a) The effects of stress on immune processes (e.g., accelerated immune aging, latent viruses, inflammation) at different time scales; (b) The moderating role of individual and interpersonal emotion regulation in stress-immune health associations; and (c) Dynamic emotion and biologic responses to stress, particularly in terms of recovery, that may explain health outcomes. I incorporate measures in the laboratory and in daily life settings to examine these processes over time, and use multilevel statistical models to analyze longitudinal and interdependent data.

Representative Publications 

Reed, R.G. (2019). Stress and immunological aging. Current Opinion in Behavioral Science, 28, 38-43. 

Reed, R.G., Presnell, S.R., Al-Attar, A., Lutz, C.T., & Segerstrom, S.C. (2019). Perceived stress, cytomegalovirus titers, and late-differentiated T and NK cells: Between- and within-person associations in a longitudinal study of older adults. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 80, 266-274.

Reed, R.G., Greenberg, R.N., & Segerstrom, S.C. (2017). Cytomegalovirus serostatus, inflammation, and antibody response to influenza vaccination in older adults: The moderating effect of beta blockade. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 61, 14-20.

Reed, R.G., O’Connor, M.-F., Pace, T.W.W., Raison, C. L., & Butler, E.A. (2017). Dyadic coping and salivary interleukin-6 responses to interpersonal stress. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 367-373.

Reed, R.G., Weihs, K.L., Sbarra, D.S., Breen, E.C., Irwin, M.R, & Butler, E.A. (2016). Emotional acceptance, inflammation, and sickness symptoms across the first two years following breast cancer diagnosis. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 56, 165-174. 

Reed, R.G., Barnard, K., & Butler, E.A. (2015). Distinguishing emotional co-regulation from co-dysregulation: An investigation of emotional dynamics and body-weight in romantic couples. Emotion, 15, 45-60.

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