Sandra Weiss, RN, PhD, FAAN
|School||UCSF School of Nursing|
|Department||School of Nursing Community Health Systems|
|Address||2 Koret Way, Nursing|
San Francisco CA 94143
Dr. Weiss is the Robert C. and Delphine Wentland Eschbach Chair in Mental Health. Her program of research focuses on the interaction between biological and psychological factors as they impact the mental health of children and adults. She is currently examining precursors of emotion regulation and affective disorders in early childhood, including the ways in which genetic, neuroendocrine, and autonomic nervous system vulnerabilities interact with adverse events such as stress, trauma and parental depression during pregnancy and infancy. In addition, she is determining the relationship of maternal mood to parenting capacity and the development of psychiatric disorders in parents. Throughout her career, Dr. Weiss also has studied the sense of touch as an integral component of neuropsychological development. Her research in this area focuses on harsh/painful, stimulating and comforting types of touch and their effects on stress reactivity, development, and mental health outcomes for high risk children. Dr. Weiss is affiliated with the UCSF Depression Center and is also involved in collaborative research at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
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