Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN

TitleActing Dean
SchoolUCSF School of Nursing
DepartmentCommunity Health Systems
Address2 Koret Way
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of California, BerkeleyPhDBiological & Developmental Psychology
    University of California, San FranciscoPhDNursing Science

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    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. Her NIH-funded research is examining the effects of stress hormones, inflammatory markers, and maternal depression on development of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis and stress regulation of preterm and term infants. In addition, her research with the National Network of Depression Centers is characterizing context, symptoms and treatment of women who experience depression. Dr. Weiss is Co-Director of the UCSF Depression Center and is involved in collaborative research with faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the Division of Neonatology.

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    Moderators of Maternal Depression's Relationship to Mother-Infant Interaction
    NIH/NICHD R01HD084813Jul 15, 2016 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Antenatal Corticosteroids, Maternal Depression and Preterm Infant Stress Response
    NIH/NICHD R01HD081188Apr 1, 2015 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NINR R01NR002698May 1, 1992 - Apr 30, 1999
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NINR R01NR001055Sep 25, 1985 - Jan 31, 1988
    Role: Principal Investigator
    HRSA/BHP R01NU001055Sep 25, 1985 - Sep 24, 1987
    Role: Principal Investigator
    HRSA/BHP D23NU000435Jul 1, 1984 - Jun 30, 1987
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Meerwijk EL, Weiss SJ. Does suicidal desire moderate the association between frontal delta power and psychological pain? PeerJ. 2016; 4:e1538. PMID: 26793422.
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    2. Weiss, S., Muzik, M., Deligiannidis, K., Ammerman, R., Guille, C. & Flynn, H. . Gender differences in suicidal risk factors among individuals with mood disorders. Journal of Depression and Anxiety. 2016; 1(5):218-222.
    3. Debattista, A., Huffman, L., Cooper, B., Alkon, A., Kennedy, C., Weiss, S. Adaptive behavior trajectories in children born prematurely: The influence of biologic and social risk factors over the first few years of life. Annals of Pediatrics and Child Health. 2016; 4(2):1101-1109.
    4. Weiss SJ, Simeonova DI, Kimmel MC, Battle CL, Maki PM, Flynn HA. Anxiety and physical health problems increase the odds of women having more severe symptoms of depression. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Jun; 19(3):491-9. PMID: 26403982.
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    5. Jones-Mason, K., Allen, E.I., Hamilton, S., & Weiss, S.J. Comparative Validity of the Adult Attachment Interview and the Adult Attachment Projective. Attachment and Human Development. 2015; 17(5):429-447.
    6. Weiss SJ. Promoting mental health of very young children. J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2015 May; 28(2):72. PMID: 25939766.
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    7. Weiss SJ, Niemann S. Effects of Antenatal Corticosteroids on Cortisol and Heart Rate Reactivity of Preterm Infants. Biol Res Nurs. 2015 Oct; 17(5):487-94. PMID: 25608523.
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    8. Meerwijk EL, Ford JM, Weiss SJ. Resting-state EEG delta power is associated with psychological pain in adults with a history of depression. Biol Psychol. 2015 Feb; 105:106-14. PMID: 25600291; PMCID: PMC4336814 [Available on 02/01/16].
    9. Schapiro, NA, Kools, SM, Weiss, SJ & Brindis, CD . Impact of gender on separation-reunification experiences of Latino immigrant adolescents. Field Action Science Reports. 2015; (13):1-8.
    10. DeBattista, A., Huffman, L., Alkon, A., Cooper, B. & Weiss, S. Factors influencing trajectories of early adaptive behavior among children born prematurely. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 2015; 55(57):24 - 27.
    11. Jones-Mason K, Elaine Allen I, Hamilton S, Weiss S. Comparative validity of the Adult Attachment Interview and the Adult Attachment Projective. Attach Hum Dev. 2015; 17(5):429-47. PMID: 26362584.
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    12. Meerwijk EL, Chesla CA, Weiss SJ. Psychological pain and reduced resting-state heart rate variability in adults with a history of depression. Psychophysiology. 2014 Mar; 51(3):247-56. PMID: 24423213.
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    13. Meerwijk EL, Weiss SJ. Toward a unifying definition: response to 'The concept of mental pain'. Psychother Psychosom. 2014; 83(1):62-3. PMID: 24281693.
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    14. Meerwijk EL, Ford JM, Weiss SJ. Suicidal crises because of diminishing tolerance to psychological pain. Brain Imaging Behav. 2013 Sep; 7(3):245-7. PMID: 23640703.
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    15. Schapiro NA, Kools SM, Weiss SJ, Brindis CD. Separation and reunification: the experiences of adolescents living in transnational families. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2013 Mar; 43(3):48-68. PMID: 23419833.
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    16. Meerwijk EL, Ford JM, Weiss SJ. Brain regions associated with psychological pain: implications for a neural network and its relationship to physical pain. Brain Imaging Behav. 2013 Mar; 7(1):1-14. PMID: 22660945.
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    17. Shade K, Kools S, Pinderhughes H, Weiss SJ. Adolescent fathers in the justice system: hoping for a boy and making him a man. Qual Health Res. 2013 Apr; 23(4):435-49. PMID: 23264534.
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    18. Camarano L, Alkon A, Nachtigall RD, Schembri M, Weiss S, Croughan MS. Preterm delivery and low birth weight in singleton pregnancies conceived by women with and without a history of infertility. Fertil Steril. 2012 Sep; 98(3):681-686.e1. PMID: 22633266; PMCID: PMC3430823.
    19. Niemann, S, Weiss, S. Factors affecting attachment in international adoptees at 6 months post-adoption. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2012; 1(34):205-212.
    20. Shade K, Kools S, Pinderhughes H, Weiss SJ. Choosing fatherhood: how teens in the justice system embrace or reject a father identity. J Community Health Nurs. 2012; 29(2):91-105. PMID: 22536913.
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    21. Kongsuwan, V., Suttharangsee, W., Isaramalai, S. & Weiss, . The development and effectiveness of a violence prevention program for Thai high school adolescents. . Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research. 2012; 16(3):236-249.
    22. Weiss, S, Quides, C. Assessment and treatment of mental disorders specific to infants and young children. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. 2012; 335-354.
    23. Niemann S, Weiss S. Factors Affecting Attachment in International Adoptees at 6 Months Post Adoption. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2012 Jan 1; 34(1):205-212. PMID: 22267885.
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    24. Niemann S, Weiss S. Attachment Behavior of Children Adopted Internationally at Six Months Post Adoption. Adopt Q. 2011; 14(4):246-267. PMID: 22468118.
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    25. Shade K, Kools S, Weiss SJ, Pinderhughes H. A conceptual model of incarcerated adolescent fatherhood: adolescent identity development and the concept of intersectionality. J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2011 May; 24(2):98-104. PMID: 21501286.
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    26. Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Lustig R. Risk factors for obesity and high blood pressure in Chinese American children: maternal acculturation and children's food choices. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Apr; 13(2):268-75. PMID: 19757055; PMCID: PMC2929294.
    27. Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Cooper B, Lustig RH. The efficacy of the web-based childhood obesity prevention program in Chinese American adolescents (Web ABC study). J Adolesc Health. 2011 Aug; 49(2):148-54. PMID: 21783046; PMCID: PMC3143380.
    28. Chen J, Weiss S, Heyman M, Cooper B, Lustig R. The efficacy of a web-based childhood obesity prevention program for Chinese American adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2011; 49:148-154.
    29. Niemann, S. & Weiss, S. . Attachment behavior of children adopted internationally at 6 months postadoption. Adoption Quarterly. 2011; 14(4):246-267.
    30. Weiss S, Niemann S. Measurement of touch behavior. The Handbook of Touch: Neuroscience, Behavioral and Health Perspectives. Springer Publishers. 2011; 245-270.
    31. Chen, J., Weiss, S., Heyman, M., Vittinghoff, E., Lustig, R. Risk factors for obesity and high blood pressure in Chinese American children: Maternal acculturation and children's food choices. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2011; 13:268-275.
    32. Hertenstein M, Weiss S . The Handbook of Touch: Neuroscience, Behavioral and Health Perspectives. Springer Publishers, New York. 2011.
    33. Brown C, Filion D, Weiss S . Measurement of tactile response and tactile perception. The Handbook of Touch: Neuroscience, Behavioral and Health Perspectives. Springer Publishers. 2011; 219-244.
    34. Shade K, Kools S, Weiss S, Pinderhughes H. A conceptual model of incarcerated adolescent fatherhood: Adolescent identity development and intersectionality. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 2011; 24:98-104.
    35. Chen JL, Weiss SJ, Heyman MB, Cooper B, Lustig RH. The Active Balance Childhood program for improving coping and quality of life in Chinese American children. Nurs Res. 2010 Jul-Aug; 59(4):270-9. PMID: 20585223; PMCID: PMC2943857.
    36. Beddoe AE, Lee KA, Weiss SJ, Kennedy HP, Yang CP. Effects of mindful yoga on sleep in pregnant women: a pilot study. Biol Res Nurs. 2010 Apr; 11(4):363-70. PMID: 20338897.
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    37. Weiss SJ, Haber J, Horowitz JA, Stuart GW, Wolfe B. The inextricable nature of mental and physical health: implications for integrative care. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. 2009 Dec; 15(6):371-82. PMID: 21659251.
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    38. Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Lustig RH. Efficacy of a child-centred and family-based program in promoting healthy weight and healthy behaviors in Chinese American children: a randomized controlled study. J Public Health (Oxf). 2010 Jun; 32(2):219-29. PMID: 19933120; PMCID: PMC2875985.
    39. Weiss SJ, Talley S. A comparison of the practices of psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners who are certified to provide mental health care for children and adolescents. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. 2009 Apr; 15(2):111-9. PMID: 21665799.
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    40. Lee SY, Weiss SJ. When East meets West: intensive care unit experiences among first-generation Chinese American parents. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2009; 41(3):268-75. PMID: 19723275.
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    41. Weiss S, Talley S. A comparison of the practices of psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners who are certified to provide mental health care for children and adolescents. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 2009; 15(2):111-119.
    42. Weiss, S., Haber, J., Horowitz., J., Stuart, G. & Wolfe, B. . The inextricable nature of mental and physical health: Implications for integrative care. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 2009; 15(6):371-382.
    43. Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Vittinghoff E, Lustig R. Pilot study of an individually tailored educational program by mail to promote healthy weight in Chinese American children. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Jul; 13(3):212-22. PMID: 18638051; PMCID: PMC2877702.
    44. Weiss S, Niemann S. Child Psychiatry. Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. 2008; 645-670.
    45. Weiss SJ, St Jonn-Seed M, Harris-Muchell C. The contribution of fetal drug exposure to temperament: potential teratogenic effects on neuropsychiatric risk. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2007 Aug; 48(8):773-84. PMID: 17683449.
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    46. Weiss SJ. Neurobiological alterations associated with traumatic stress. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2007 Jul; 43(3):114-22. PMID: 17576304.
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    47. Lee SY, Lee KA, Rankin SH, Weiss SJ, Alkon A. Sleep disturbance, fatigue, and stress among Chinese-American parents with ICU hospitalized infants. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2007 Jun; 28(6):593-605. PMID: 17613158.
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    48. Sunpaweravong J, Weiss S, Sutharangsee W, Isaramalai S. Expressed emotion of Thai family caregivers of people with Schizophrenia. Journal of Nursing Research. 2007; 11(3):278-294.
    49. Weiss SJ, Wilson P. Origins of tactile vulnerability in high-risk infants. Adv Neonatal Care. 2006 Feb; 6(1):25-36. PMID: 16458248.
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    50. Lee SY, Lee KA, Rankin SH, Alkon A, Weiss SJ. Acculturation and stress in Chinese-American parents of infants cared for in the intensive care unit. Adv Neonatal Care. 2005 Dec; 5(6):315-28. PMID: 16338670.
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    51. Yamazaki A, Lee KA, Kennedy HP, Weiss SJ. Sleep-wake cycles, social rhythms, and sleeping arrangement during Japanese childbearing family transition. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2005 May-Jun; 34(3):342-8. PMID: 15890833.
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    52. Seed M, Weiss S . Maternal state of mind and expressed emotion: Impact of mothers' mental health status, stress and family satisfaction. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 2005; 11(3):135-143.
    53. Weiss S . Haptic perception and the psychosocial functioning of premature, low birth weight infants. Infant Behavior and Development. 2005; 28(3):329-359.
    54. Weiss SJ, Jonn-Seed MS, Wilson P. The temperament of pre-term, low birth weight infants and its potential biological substrates. Res Nurs Health. 2004 Dec; 27(6):392-402. PMID: 15514956.
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    55. Weiss S, Wilson P, Morrison D. Maternal tactile stimulation and the neurodevelopment of low birth weight infants. Infancy. 2004; 5(1):85-107.
    56. Lewis KD, Weiss SJ. Psychometric testing of an infant risk assessment for prenatal drug exposure. J Pediatr Nurs. 2003 Dec; 18(6):371-8. PMID: 15058533.
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    57. Weiss S, Goebel, P. Parents' touch of their preterm infants and its relationship to their state of mind regarding touch. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. 2003; 17(3):185-202.
    58. Weiss S . Children: A vulnerable population. Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. 2003; 589-614.
    59. St Jonn-Seed M, Weiss S. Maternal expressed emotion as a predictor of emotional and behavioral problems in low birth weight children. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2002 Sep; 23(6):649-72. PMID: 12217227.
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    60. Weiss SJ, Chen JL. Factors influencing maternal mental health and family functioning during the low birthweight infant's first year of life. J Pediatr Nurs. 2002 Apr; 17(2):114-25. PMID: 12029605.
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    61. Weiss SJ, Seed MS. Precursors of mental health problems for low birth weight children: the salience of family environment during the first year of life. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2002; 33(1):3-27. PMID: 12201180.
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    62. Weiss S, Wilson S, Seed M, Paul S. Early tactile experience of low birth weight children: Links to later mental health and social adaptation. Infant and Child Development. 2001; 10(3):93-115.
    63. Weiss S, Wilson P, Hertenstein M, Campos R. The tactile context of a mother's caregiving: Implications for attachment of low birth weight infants. Infant Behavior and Development. 2000; 23:91-111.
    64. Weiss S, Campos R. Touch. Fundamentals of Contemporary Nursing. 1999; 941-967.
    65. Weiss S . Applying the nursing process with children. Psychiatric Nursing. 1996; 858-878.
    66. Weiss S . Contemporary empiricism. In Search of Science. 1994; 13-26.
    67. Weiss S . Attachment theory. Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatric Nursing. 1994; 47-65.
    68. Weiss S . Predictors of neurobehavioral response during tactile stimulation of infants with congenital heart disease. Infant Behavior and Development. 1993; 16(2):251-254.
    69. Weiss S . Parental touching: Correlates of body image. Touch: The Foundation of Experience. 1990; 425-460.
    70. Weiss S, McLain B, Fullerton J. A collaborative intercampus model for graduate studies in primary care nursing. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 1988; 25(4):261-270..
    71. Zindler-Wernet P, Weiss S . Health locus of control and preventive health behavior. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1987; 9(2):160-179.
    72. Weiss S . Psychophysiologic effects of caregiver touch on incidence of cardiac arrhythmia. Heart and Lung. 1986; 15(5):495-506.
    73. Weiss S . Consensual norms regarding patient involvement. Social Science and Medicine. 1986; 22(4):489-496.
    74. Weiss S . The influence of discourse on collaboration among nurses, physicians, and consumers. Research in Nursing and Health. 1985; 8:49-59.
    75. Weiss S, Davis P. Validity and reliability of the collaborative practice scales. Nursing Research. 1985; 34(5):299-305.
    76. Remen RN, Weiss S . Rights and responsibilities of the family in decisions regarding patient care. Humanities Review. 1985; 14:89-97.
    77. Weiss S . The effect of transition modules on the adaptation of new graduates. Research in Nursing and Health. 1984; 7:51-59.
    78. Weiss S . Educating the nursing profession for role transformation. Journal of Nursing Education. 1984; 23(1):9-14.
    79. Weiss S . Parental touch and the child's body image. The Many Facets of Touch. 1984; 130-138.
    80. Weiss S, Remen RN. Self-limiting patterns of nursing behavior within a tripartite context involving consumers and physicians. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1983; 5(1):77-89.
    81. Weiss S, Davis, P. The health role expectations index: A measure of alignment, disparity and change. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 1983; 6(1):63-76.
    82. Weiss S . Role differentiation between nurse and physician: Implications for nursing. Nursing Research. 1983; 32(3):133-139.
    83. Weiss S . Changing perceptions of roles and responsibilities in caring for the critically ill patient. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Treating Critically and Terminally Ill Patients. 1982; 253-266.
    84. Weiss S, Ramsey E. Planning organizational response to environmental problems associated with transitional adaptation. Organizational-Environment Relationships. 1980; 175-183.
    85. Weiss S . The language of touch. Nursing Research. 1979; 28(2):76-80.
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