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George Slavich, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Work Phone Number:

(310) 825-2576

Mailing Address:

Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA Medical Plaza 300, Room 3156
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UNITED STATES

Email Address:

gslavich@mednet.ucla.edu

Website:

  

Laboratory:

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Member, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences


A Short Biography:

Dr. George Slavich is an assistant professor and a Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He is also a research scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, where he directs the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research. He completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. After graduate school, he was a clinical psychology intern at McLean Hospital and a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed three years of postdoctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology, first as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and then as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychoneuroimmunology at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. In addition to his research, which examines how stress affects psychological and physical health, Dr. Slavich is deeply devoted to teaching and mentoring, and to developing groups and forums that promote student development.

Awards and Honors:

McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Clinical Psychology Internship

Detailed Biography:

Dr. George Slavich is an assistant professor and a Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He is also a research scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, where he directs the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research. He completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. After graduate school, he was a clinical psychology intern at McLean Hospital and a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed three years of postdoctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology, first as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and then as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychoneuroimmunology at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. In addition to his research, which examines how stress affects psychological and physical health, Dr. Slavich is deeply devoted to teaching and mentoring, and to developing groups and forums that promote student development.

Publications:

Bower Julienne E, Crosswell Alexandra D, Slavich George M   Childhood Adversity and Cumulative Life Stress: Risk Factors for Cancer-Related Fatigue Clinical psychological science : $b a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 2014; 2(1): .
Conway Christopher C, Slavich George M, Hammen Constance   Daily stress reactivity and serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) variation: internalizing responses to everyday stress as a possible transdiagnostic phenotype Biology of mood & anxiety disorders, 2014; 4(1): 2.
Slavich George M, Irwin Michael R   From Stress to Inflammation and Major Depressive Disorder: A Social Signal Transduction Theory of Depression Psychological bulletin, 2014; 4(1): .
Monroe Scott M, Slavich George M, Gotlib Ian H   Life stress and family history for depression: The moderating role of past depressive episodes Journal of psychiatric research, 2014; 49: 90-5.
Schrepf Andrew, Clevenger Lauren, Christensen Desire, DeGeest Koen, Bender David, Ahmed Amina, Goodheart Michael J, Dahmoush Laila, Penedo Frank, Lucci Joseph A, Ganjei-Azar Parvin, Mendez Luis, Markon Kristian, Lubaroff David M, Thaker Premal H, Slavich George M, Sood Anil K, Lutgendorf Susan K   Cortisol and inflammatory processes in ovarian cancer patients following primary treatment: relationships with depression, fatigue, and disability Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2013; 30 Suppl(1): S126-34.
Jarcho Michael R, Slavich George M, Tylova-Stein Hana, Wolkowitz Owen M, Burke Heather M   Dysregulated diurnal cortisol pattern is associated with glucocorticoid resistance in women with major depressive disorder Biological psychology, 2013; 93(1): 150-8.
O'Donovan Aoife, Slavich George M, Epel Elissa S, Neylan Thomas C   Exaggerated neurobiological sensitivity to threat as a mechanism linking anxiety with increased risk for diseases of aging Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2013; 37(1): 96-108.
Lutgendorf Susan K, Slavich George M, Degeest Koenraad, Goodheart Michael, Bender David, Thaker Premal H, Penedo Frank, Zimmerman Bridget, Lucci Joseph, Mendez Luis, Collins Katherine, Sood Anil K   Non-cancer life stressors contribute to impaired quality of life in ovarian cancer patients Gynecologic oncology, 2013; 131(3): 667-73.
Slavich George M, Zimbardo Philip G   Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Unexpected Scene Elements Frequently Go Unnoticed Until Primed Current psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), 2013; 32(4): .
Clevenger Lauren, Schrepf Andrew, Degeest Koenraad, Bender David, Goodheart Michael, Ahmed Amina, Dahmoush Laila, Penedo Frank, Lucci Joseph, Thaker Premal H, Mendez Luis, Sood Anil K, Slavich George M, Lutgendorf Susan K   Sleep disturbance, distress, and quality of life in ovarian cancer patients during the first year after diagnosis Cancer, 2013; 119(17): 3234-41.
Murphy Michael L M, Slavich George M, Rohleder Nicolas, Miller Gregory E   Targeted Rejection Triggers Differential Pro- and Anti-Inflammatory Gene Expression in Adolescents as a Function of Social Status Clinical psychological science : $b a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 2013; 1(1): 30-40.
Slavich George M, Cole Steven W   The Emerging Field of Human Social Genomics Clinical psychological science : $b a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 2013; 1(3): 331-348.
Slavich George M, Toussaint Loren   Using the Stress and Adversity Inventory as a Teaching Tool Leads to Significant Learning Gains in Two Courses on Stress and Health Stress and health : journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress, 2013; 119(17): .
Lutgendorf Susan K, De Geest Koen, Bender David, Ahmed Amina, Goodheart Michael J, Dahmoush Laila, Zimmerman M Bridget, Penedo Frank J, Lucci Joseph A, Ganjei-Azar Parvin, Thaker Premal H, Mendez Luis, Lubaroff David M, Slavich George M, Cole Steven W, Sood Anil K   Social influences on clinical outcomes of patients with ovarian cancer Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2012; 30(23): 2885-90.
Slavich George M, Zimbardo Philip G   Transformational Teaching: Theoretical Underpinnings, Basic Principles, and Core Methods Educational psychology review, 2012; 24(4): 569-608.
Slavich George M, Monroe Scott M, Gotlib Ian H   Early parental loss and depression history: Associations with recent life stress in major depressive disorder Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2011; 45(9): 1146-1152.
Slavich George M, O'Donovan Aoife, Epel Elissa S, Kemeny Margaret E   Black sheep get the blues: A psychobiological model of social rejection and depression Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 2010; 35(1): 39-45.
O'Donovan Aoife, Hughes Brian M, Slavich George M, Lynch Lydia, Cronin Marie-Therese, O'Farrelly Cliona, Malone Kevin M   Clinical anxiety, cortisol and interleukin-6: Evidence for specificity in emotion-biology relationships Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2010; 24(7): 1074-1077.
Harkness Kate L, Alavi Nazanin, Monroe Scott M, Slavich George M, Gotlib Ian H, Bagby R Michael   Gender differences in life events prior to onset of major depressive disorder: The moderating effect of age Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2010; 24(7): 791-803.
Slavich George M, Way Baldwin M, Eisenberger Naomi I, Taylor Shelley E   Neural sensitivity to social rejection is associated with inflammatory responses to social stress Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2010; 107(33): 14817-14822.
Slavich George M   On 50 years of giving psychology away: An interview with Philip Zimbardo, Teaching of Psychology, 2009; 36(4): 278-284.
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Muscatell Keely A, Slavich George M, Monroe Scott M, Gotlib Ian H   Stressful life events, chronic difficulties, and the symptoms of clinical depression The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 2009; 197(3): 154-160.
Slavich George M, Thornton Tiffany, Torres Leandro D, Monroe Scott M, Gotlib Ian H   Targeted rejection predicts hastened onset of major depression Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2009; 28(2): 223-243.
Monroe Scott M, Slavich George M, Georgiades Katholiki   The social environment and life stress in depression, Handbook of Depression, Second Edition, 2009; 340-360.
Monroe Scott M, Slavich George M, Torres Leandro D, Gotlib Ian H   Major life events and major chronic difficulties are differentially associated with history of major depressive episodes Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2007; 116(1): 116-124.
Monroe Scott M, Slavich George M   Psychological stressors, overview, Encyclopedia of Stress, Second Edition, 2007; 3: 278-284.
Monroe Scott M, Slavich George M, Torres Leandro D, Gotlib Ian H   Severe life events predict specific patterns of change in cognitive biases in major depression Psychological Medicine, 2007; 37(6): 863-871.
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