Rebecca G. Reed , Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Psychology

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Graduate Student Advisees: 

  • Abby Hillmann

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona

Research Interest Summary

Psychoneuroimmunology; Aging; Stress; Emotion Regulation; Biological Aging

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 biological aging (e.g., accelerated immune aging, inflammation, latent viruses, epigenetic aging) at different time scales; (b) Protective factors including emotion regulation and social relationships that buffer associations between stress and accelerated aging; and (c) Biopsychosocial factors that affect cognitive function and decline in middle-aged and older adults. 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.

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Representative Publications 

Reed, R.G., Presnell, S.R., Al-Attar, A., Lutz, C.T., Segerstrom, S.C. (2023). Life stressors and immune aging: Protective effects of cognitive reappraisal. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 110, 212-221. 

Hillmann, A.R., Dhingra, R., Reed, R.G. (2023). Positive social factors prospectively predict younger epigenetic age: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 148, 105988. 

Reed, R.G., Carroll, J.E., Marsland, A.L., & Manuck, S.B. (2022). DNA-methylation based measures of biological aging and cognitive decline over 16-years: Preliminary longitudinal findings in midlife. Aging, 14, 9423—9444. 

Reed, R.G., Mauss, I.B., Ram, N. & Segerstrom, S.C. (2022). Daily stressors, emotion dynamics, and inflammation in the MIDUS cohort. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 494–505. 

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

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