Dr. George Slavich is an associate professor and a Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and 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.
Armer Jessica S, Clevenger Lauren, Davis Lauren Z, Cuneo Michaela, Thaker Premal H, Goodheart Michael J, Bender David P, Dahmoush Laila, Sood Anil K, Cole Steven W, Slavich George M, Lutgendorf Susan K Life stress as a risk factor for sustained anxiety and cortisol dysregulation during the first year of survivorship in ovarian cancer Cancer, 2018; .
Massing-Schaffer Maya, Helms Sarah W, Rudolph Karen D, Slavich George M, Hastings Paul D, Giletta Matteo, Nock Matthew K, Prinstein Mitchell J Preliminary Associations among Relational Victimization, Targeted Rejection, and Suicidality in Adolescents: A Prospective Study Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, 2018; 1-8.
Olvera Alvarez Hector A, Kubzansky Laura D, Campen Matthew J, Slavich George M Early Life Stress, Air Pollution, Inflammation, and Disease: An Integrative Review and Immunologic Model of Social-Environmental Adversity and Lifespan Health Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2018; 1-8.
Epel Elissa S, Crosswell Alexandra D, Mayer Stefanie E, Prather Aric A, Slavich George M, Puterman Eli, Mendes Wendy Berry More than a feeling: A unified view of stress measurement for population science Frontiers in neuroendocrinology, 2018; 49: 146-169.
Lutgendorf Susan K, Thaker Premal H, Arevalo Jesusa M, Goodheart Michael J, Slavich George M, Sood Anil K, Cole Steve W Biobehavioral modulation of the exosome transcriptome in ovarian carcinoma Cancer, 2018; 124(3): 580-586.
Giletta Matteo, Slavich George M, Rudolph Karen D, Hastings Paul D, Nock Matthew K, Prinstein Mitchell J Peer victimization predicts heightened inflammatory reactivity to social stress in cognitively vulnerable adolescents Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 2018; 59(2): 129-139.
Slavich George M, Shields Grant S Assessing Lifetime Stress Exposure Using the Stress and Adversity Inventory for Adults (Adult STRAIN): An Overview and Initial Validation Psychosomatic medicine, 2018; 80(1): 17-27.
Shields Grant S, Moons Wesley G, Slavich George M Better executive function under stress mitigates the effects of recent life stress exposure on health in young adults Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2017; 20(1): 75-85.
Goldfarb Elizabeth V, Shields Grant S, Daw Nathaniel D, Slavich George M, Phelps Elizabeth A Low lifetime stress exposure is associated with reduced stimulus-response memory Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), 2017; 24(4): 162-168.
Lutgendorf Susan K, Shinn Eileen, Carter Jeanne, Leighton Susan, Baggerly Keith, Guindani Michele, Fellman Bryan, Matzo Marianne, Slavich George M, Goodman Marc T, Tew William, Lester Jenny, Moore Kathleen M, Karlan Beth Y, Levine Douglas A, Sood Anil K Quality of life among long-term survivors of advanced stage ovarian cancer: A cross-sectional approach Gynecologic oncology, 2017; .
Dooley Larissa N, Slavich George M, Moreno Patricia I, Bower Julienne E Strength through adversity: Moderate lifetime stress exposure is associated with psychological resilience in breast cancer survivors Stress and health : journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress, 2017; 24(4): 162-168.
Shields Grant S, Doty Dominique, Shields Rebecca H, Gower Garrett, Slavich George M, Yonelinas Andrew P Recent life stress exposure is associated with poorer long-term memory, working memory, and self-reported memory Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2017; 20(6): 598-607.
Cuneo Michaela G, Schrepf Andrew, Slavich George M, Thaker Premal H, Goodheart Michael, Bender David, Cole Steve W, Sood Anil K, Lutgendorf Susan K Diurnal cortisol rhythms, fatigue and psychosocial factors in five-year survivors of ovarian cancer Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2017; 84(6): 139-142.
Shields Grant S, Slavich George M Lifetime Stress Exposure and Health: A Review of Contemporary Assessment Methods and Biological Mechanisms Social and personality psychology compass, 2017; 11(8): 139-142.
Shields Grant S, Moons Wesley G, Slavich George M Inflammation, Self-Regulation, and Health: An Immunologic Model of Self-Regulatory Failure Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 2017; 12(4): 588-612.
Malat Jennifer, Jacquez Farrah, Slavich George M Measuring lifetime stress exposure and protective factors in life course research on racial inequality and birth outcomes Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2017; 20(4): 379-385.
Shields Grant S, Kuchenbecker Shari Young, Pressman Sarah D, Sumida Ken D, Slavich George M Better cognitive control of emotional information is associated with reduced pro-inflammatory cytokine reactivity to emotional stress Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2016; 19(1): 63-8.
Dedovic Katarina, Slavich George M, Muscatell Keely A, Irwin Michael R, Eisenberger Naomi I Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex Responses to Repeated Social Evaluative Feedback in Young Women with and without a History of Depression Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2016; 10(6): 64.
Lebois Lauren A M, Hertzog Christopher, Slavich George M, Barrett Lisa Feldman, Barsalou Lawrence W Establishing the situated features associated with perceived stress Acta psychologica, 2016; 169(4): 119-32.
Toussaint Loren L, Shields Grant S, Slavich George M Forgiveness, Stress, and Health: a 5-Week Dynamic Parallel Process Study Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2016; 50(5): 727-735.
Slavich George M Life Stress and Health: A Review of Conceptual Issues and Recent Findings Teaching of psychology (Columbia, Mo.), 2016; 43(4): 346-355.
Black David S, Slavich George M Mindfulness meditation and the immune system: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2016; .
Muscatell Keely A, Dedovic Katarina, Slavich George M, Jarcho Michael R, Breen Elizabeth C, Bower Julienne E, Irwin Michael R, Eisenberger Naomi I Neural mechanisms linking social status and inflammatory responses to social stress Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 2016; 11(6): 915-22.
Shields Grant S, Toussaint Loren L, Slavich George M Stress-related changes in personality: A longitudinal study of perceived stress and trait pessimism Journal of research in personality, 2016; 64(5): 61-68.
Myers Hector F, Wyatt Gail E, Ullman Jodie B, Loeb Tamra B, Chin Dorothy, Prause Nicole, Zhang Muyu, Williams John K, Slavich George M, Liu Honghu Cumulative burden of lifetime adversities: Trauma and mental health in low-SES African Americans and Latino/as Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy, 2015; 7(3): 243-51.
Schrepf Andrew, Thaker Premal H, Goodheart Michael J, Bender David, Slavich George M, Dahmoush Laila, Penedo Frank, DeGeest Koen, Mendez Luis, Lubaroff David M, Cole Steven W, Sood Anil K, Lutgendorf Susan K Diurnal cortisol and survival in epithelial ovarian cancer Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2015; 53(3): 256-67.
Conway Christopher C, Slavich George M, Hammen Constance Dysfunctional Attitudes and Affective Responses to Daily Stressors: Separating Cognitive, Genetic, and Clinical Influences on Stress Reactivity Cognitive therapy and research, 2015; 39(3): 366-377.
Davis Lauren Z, Slavich George M, Thaker Premal H, Goodheart Michael J, Bender David P, Dahmoush Laila, Farley Donna M, Markon Kristian E, Penedo Frank J, Lubaroff David M, Cole Steve W, Sood Anil K, Lutgendorf Susan K Eudaimonic well-being and tumor norepinephrine in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer Cancer, 2015; 180: .
Muscatell Keely A, Dedovic Katarina, Slavich George M, Jarcho Michael R, Breen Elizabeth C, Bower Julienne E, Irwin Michael R, Eisenberger Naomi I Greater amygdala activity and dorsomedial prefrontal-amygdala coupling are associated with enhanced inflammatory responses to stress Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2015; 43: 46-53.
Kumar Poornima, Slavich George M, Berghorst Lisa H, Treadway Michael T, Brooks Nancy H, Dutra Sunny J, Greve Douglas N, O×³Donovan Aoife, Bleil Maria E, Maninger Nicole, Pizzagalli Diego A Perceived life stress exposure modulates reward-related medial prefrontal cortex responses to acute stress in depression Journal of affective disorders, 2015; 180: 104-111.
Murphy Michael L M, Slavich George M, Chen Edith, Miller Gregory E Targeted Rejection Predicts Decreased Anti-Inflammatory Gene Expression and Increased Symptom Severity in Youth With Asthma Psychological science, 2015; .
Bower Julienne E, Crosswell Alexandra D, Slavich George M Childhood Adversity and Cumulative Life Stress: Risk Factors for Cancer-Related Fatigue Clinical 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.
Toussaint Loren, Shields Grant S, Dorn Gabriel, Slavich George M Effects of lifetime stress exposure on mental and physical health in young adulthood: How stress degrades and forgiveness protects health Journal of health psychology, 2014; 49: .
Slavich George M, Tartter Molly A, Brennan Patricia A, Hammen Constance Endogenous opioid system influences depressive reactions to socially painful targeted rejection life events Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2014; 49: 141-9.
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 ofÂ past depressive episodes Journal of psychiatric research, 2014; 49: 90-5.
Slavich George M Understanding inflammation, its regulation, and relevance for health: A top scientific and public priority Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2014; 49: .
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, 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, 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, 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.
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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