Aoife O'Donovan, PhD
|Title||Assistant Adjunct Professor|
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights |
San Francisco CA 94143
|Society in Science||2010
||2015||Branco Weiss Fellowship|
|Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research||2012||Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award|
|American Psychosomatic Society||2008||Scholar Award|
|Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society||2008
|The Fulbright Program||2007
|Psychological Society of Ireland||2007||Postgraduate Student of the Year|
|Newman Scholarship Program||2004
||2007||Craig Dobbin Newman Scholarship|
|University College Cork||1998||College Scholar Award|
|American College of Neuropsychopharmacology||2013||Travel Award|
People who experience traumatic or enduring psychological stress are more likely to develop age-related diseases such as cardiovascular, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders and to die at a younger age than people who do not experience such psychological stress. My research is focused on revealing how such psychological stress “gets under the skin” and more precisely “into cells” to increase risk for age-related diseases. In my current work, I aim to identify psychological and biological factors that account for the faster rate of biological aging observed in people experiencing psychological stress, and to guide the development of targeted interventions to reduce the deleterious effects of severe stress exposure.
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