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Alexandra Crosswell, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-7421
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-1632-2931 Additional info
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    UCLAPhD2014Health Psychology
    Duke UniversityBA2007

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    Alexandra D. Crosswell is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Health and Community within the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. She obtained her PhD in Health Psychology from UCLA in 2014.

    Alexandra's program of research investigates the psychological and biological mechanisms linking chronic stress to disease development in adults, and how mind-body interventions can target those pathways. To examine these relationships she uses a range of methodologies, including prospective observational studies, daily diary studies, experimental design, and mechanism-focused interventions.

    In addition to her own program of research, she serves as the Executive Director of the NIA-funded Stress Measurement Network which is working to enhance the precision of psychosocial stress measurement in epidemiological research studies.

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    Stress resilience and aging in Alzheimers disease and dementia caregivers
    NIH/NIA K01AG057859Aug 15, 2018 - Apr 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Dolsen MR, Crosswell AD, Prather AA. Links Between Stress, Sleep, and Inflammation: Are there Sex Differences? Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 Feb 07; 21(2):8. PMID: 30729328.
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    2. Crosswell AD, Coccia M, Epel ES. Mind wandering and stress: When you don't like the present moment. Emotion. 2019 Feb 04. PMID: 30714780.
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    3. Conklin QA, Crosswell AD, Saron CD, Epel ES. Meditation, stress processes, and telomere biology. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 Aug; 28:92-101. PMID: 30553080.
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    4. Crosswell AD, Suresh M, Puterman E, Gruenewald T, Lee J, Epel ES. Advancing research on psychological stress and aging with the Health and Retirement Study: Looking back to launch the field forward. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 Sep 14. PMID: 30219831.
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    5. Bostock S, Crosswell AD, Prather AA, Steptoe A. Mindfulness on-the-go: Effects of a mindfulness meditation app on work stress and well-being. J Occup Health Psychol. 2019 Feb; 24(1):127-138. PMID: 29723001.
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    6. Epel ES, Crosswell AD, Mayer SE, Prather AA, Slavich GM, Puterman E, Mendes WB. More than a feeling: A unified view of stress measurement for population science. Front Neuroendocrinol. 2018 04; 49:146-169. PMID: 29551356.
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    7. Crosswell AD, Moreno PI, Raposa EB, Motivala SJ, Stanton AL, Ganz PA, Bower JE. Effects of mindfulness training on emotional and physiologic recovery from induced negative affect. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Dec; 86:78-86. PMID: 28923751.
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    8. Kelleher SA, Somers TJ, Locklear T, Crosswell AD, Abernethy AP. Using Patient Reported Outcomes in Oncology Clinical Practice. Scand J Pain. 2016 10; 13:6-11. PMID: 27818717.
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    9. Bower JE, Crosswell AD, Stanton AL, Crespi CM, Winston D, Arevalo J, Ma J, Cole SW, Ganz PA. Mindfulness meditation for younger breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2015 Apr 15; 121(8):1231-40. PMID: 25537522.
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    10. Crosswell AD, Bower JE, Ganz PA. Childhood adversity and inflammation in breast cancer survivors. Psychosom Med. 2014 Apr; 76(3):208-14. PMID: 24632893.
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    11. Crosswell AD, Lockwood KG, Ganz PA, Bower JE. Low heart rate variability and cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Jul; 45:58-66. PMID: 24845177.
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    12. Bower JE, Greendale G, Crosswell AD, Garet D, Sternlieb B, Ganz PA, Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Arevalo J, Cole SW. Yoga reduces inflammatory signaling in fatigued breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 May; 43:20-9. PMID: 24703167.
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    13. Bower JE, Crosswell AD, Slavich GM. Childhood Adversity and Cumulative Life Stress: Risk Factors for Cancer-Related Fatigue. Clin Psychol Sci. 2014 Jan; 2(1). PMID: 24377083.
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    14. Dupont A, Bower JE, Stanton AL, Ganz PA. Cancer-related intrusive thoughts predict behavioral symptoms following breast cancer treatment. Health Psychol. 2014 Feb; 33(2):155-63. PMID: 23379385.
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    15. Dupont A, Wheeler J, Herndon JE, Coan A, Zafar SY, Hood L, Patwardhan M, Shaw HS, Lyerly HK, Abernethy AP. Use of tablet personal computers for sensitive patient-reported information. J Support Oncol. 2009 May-Jun; 7(3):91-7. PMID: 19507456.
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