Teresa Seeman, Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Teresa Seeman, PhD, is Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology in the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Trained as an epidemiologist, with post-doctoral training in neuroendocrinology, her research interests are inter-disciplinary, focusing on role of social and psychological factors in health and aging, with particular interest in elucidating the biological pathways through which such factors impact on health. Working in both community- and laboratory-based contexts, her work has documented the widespread health effects of protective social factors (e.g., social relationships) and psychological characteristics (e.g., control beliefs, perceptions of self-efficacy), including effects on risks for physical and cognitive decline as well as overall longevity. Her research has also contributed to our understanding of how these social and psychological influences are mediated through multiple major biological regulatory systems. She has been a leader in empirical research on a multi-systems view of biological risk - allostatic load. Her work has shown that levels of allostatic load predict subsequent health outcomes, and that differences in allostatic load are related to social factors, including levels of social integration and support as well as more traditional measures of socio-economic status [SES]: higher allostatic load seen among those reporting less social integration and/or support and lower SES. Her current research is focused on developing more integrated models that incorporate consideration of life-course experiences with stressful and protective conditions and the cumulative impacts of these experiences on major biological regulatory systems that determine trajectories of health and longevity.

Work Titles
CTSI Co-Leader, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Investigator, Workforce Development
UCLA Professor, Medicine Professor, Epidemiology Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1978 - 1984
M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975 - 1978
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1971 - 1975

Contact Information:

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Work Phone Number:

(310) 825-8253

Mailing Address:

UCLA Med-Geri
BOX 951687, 2339 PVUB
Los Angeles, CA 90095


A selected list of publications:

Human Lauren J, Biesanz Jeremy C, Miller Gregory E, Chen Edith, Lachman Margie E, Seeman Teresa E   Is change bad? Personality change is associated with poorer psychological health and greater metabolic syndrome in midlife Journal of personality, 2013; 81(3): 249-60.
Cunningham Timothy J, Berkman Lisa F, Kawachi Ichiro, Jacobs David R, Seeman Teresa E, Kiefe Catarina I, Gortmaker Steven L   Changes in waist circumference and body mass index in the US CARDIA cohort: fixed-effects associations with self-reported experiences of racial/ethnic discrimination Journal of biosocial science, 2013; 45(2): 267-78.
Tun Patricia A, Miller-Martinez Dana, Lachman Margie E, Seeman Teresa   Social strain and executive function across the lifespan: the dark (and light) sides of social engagement Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition, 2013; 20(3): 320-38.
Gruenewald Tara L, Liao Diana H, Seeman Teresa E   Contributing to others, contributing to oneself: perceptions of generativity and health in later life The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences, 2012; 67(6): 660-5.
Cunningham Timothy J, Seeman Teresa E, Kawachi Ichiro, Gortmaker Steven L, Jacobs David R, Kiefe Catarina I, Berkman Lisa F   Racial/ethnic and gender differences in the association between self-reported experiences of racial/ethnic discrimination and inflammation in the CARDIA cohort of 4 US communities Social science & medicine (1982), 2012; 75(5): 922-31.
Cho Hyong Jin, Bower Julienne E, Kiefe Catarina I, Seeman Teresa E, Irwin Michael R   Early life stress and inflammatory mechanisms of fatigue in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2012; 26(6): 859-65.
Crandall Carolyn J, Merkin Sharon Stein, Seeman Teresa E, Greendale Gail A, Binkley Neil, Karlamangla Arun S   Socioeconomic status over the life-course and adult bone mineral density: the Midlife in the U.S. Study Bone, 2012; 51(1): 107-13.

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