Dr. Amit Shahane, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who serves as the director of the Behavioral Medicine Center at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Shahane specializes in treating psychological disorders, including PTSD, that impact medical illness. His research interests include examining the effectiveness of cognitive and behavioral treatments for insomnia, as well as healthcare utilization research, such as the effect of HIV stigma. UVA's Behavioral Medicine Center diagnoses, treats and prevents medical problems either caused or aggravated by lifestyle or stress, including: • Depression and anxiety • Migraine and tension headaches • Nervous stomach and irritable bowel syndrome • Sleep problems • Eating disorders Listen to Shahane discuss sleep problems: http://wina.com/morning-news/dr-amit-shahane-live-well/ Shahane discusses PTSD: http://www.newsplex.com/content/news/Fourth-of-July-fireworks-potential-PTSD-trigger-for-area-veterans-385267411.html
Mental Health, mental health and children , Parenting, Parenting Advice, parenting intervention, Child Psychology, Suicide, Research, Nurse, Nursing, Johns Hopkins, Chicago Parent Program, Behavior, Behavior Problem, Community Health, Public School, Psycho
Deborah Gross is best known for her work in promoting positive parent-child relationships and preventing behavior problems in preschool children from low-income neighborhoods. At Johns Hopkins, she holds joint appointments at the School of Nursing, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine, and the Department of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, as associate dean for research and a department chair at Rush University College of Nursing, Dr. Gross and colleagues developed the innovative Chicago Parent Program, which improves parenting behavior and reduces child behavior problems. The program currently is used in a number of settings, including Head Start centers in Chicago and New York City. Dr. Gross was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, and among her many recognitions are the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research President's Award for outstanding research, the American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner award honoring developers of model programs offering solutions to healthcare challenges, and induction into the Sigma Theta Tau Researchers Hall of Fame. She has served on numerous review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine, published more than 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and currently serves on the editorial board of Research in Nursing & Health and Nursing Outlook.
Associate Professor of PsychologyBinghamton University, State University of New York
Psychology, Relationships, Sexual Satisfaction, Partner Violence
Mattson’s research interests include improving the conceptualization and assessment of satisfaction in relationships and exploring the causes and consequences of functional versus dysfunctional relationship communication, including social support and intimate partner violence, respectively. His present focus is on how the effects of genetic, neuroendocrinological and early environmental factors, moderate the role of partner social support in buffering the negative impact of stress on health.
Assistant Professor, PsychologyThe Institute for Integrative Health and Rowan University
Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Meditation, Inflammation, Psychology, Mindfulomics
Jeff Greeson, PhD, is a Fellow at the Institute for Integrative Health and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rowan University in New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College, a Masters in Biomedical Chemistry from Thomas Jefferson University, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. He completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center and was on the faculty at Duke from 2006-2014. Prior to joining Rowan, Dr. Greeson served as Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. Through the Institute for Integrative Health, Greeson is conducting research to understand how mindfulness, as a self-care practice, can reduce the risk of stress-related illness and promote integrative health. A small handful of recent clinical studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can modify gene expression in immune cells, opening the door to a new field of scientific inquiry that Greeson calls “mindfulomics.” This new field, however, is complicated by the fact that mindfulness is at once a state, a trait, and a skill that one can develop through practice, like meditation or yoga. Therefore, to advance our understanding of the impact of mindfulness at the level of biology and our genes, Greeson is examining the following research questions: 1. What pattern of genes are engaged in state mindfulness, when people meditate compared to when they are stressed or just resting quietly? 2. What pattern of genes corresponds to "high" vs. "low" levels of trait mindfulness, measured by scores on a standardized questionnaire? 3. What combination of genes are engaged in a successful treatment response to mindfulness training, and does this genetic pattern correlate to health outcomes, such as psychological well-being, sleep, and objective health measures like blood pressure and inflammation? To view Greeson’s published research articles, please visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=jeffrey+greeson. https://www.researchwithnj.com/en/persons/jeffrey-greeson/publications/ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DTEwIR8AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
I run the Positive Emotion and Social Behavior Lab. We examine how specific emotions influence relationship building and personal well-being outcomes. Much of my work has focused on the emotion gratitude and its role in shaping our relationships with others, both through our personal experience of gratitude and in our expression of gratitude to others.