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Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title(s)Professor, Community Health Systems
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Phone415-476-3105
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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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    Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science
    NIH/NINR T32NR016920Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Characterizing the Context, Symptoms and Treatment of Women's Depression and Mood: A National Study
    National Network of Depression Centers Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2020
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Moderators of Maternal Depression's Relationship with Mother-Infant Interaction
    NIH/NICHD R01HD084813Jul 15, 2016 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Antenatal Corticosteroids, Maternal Depression and Preterm Infant Stress Response
    NIH/NICHD R01HD081188Apr 1, 2015 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Beam NK, Bekele Dadi G, Rankin SH, Weiss S, Cooper B, Thompson LM. A discrete choice experiment to determine facility-based delivery services desired by women and men in rural Ethiopia. BMJ Open. 2018 04 03; 8(4):e016853. PMID: 29615441.
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    2. Meerwijk EL, Weiss SJ. Tolerance for psychological pain and capability for suicide: Contributions to suicidal ideation and behavior. Psychiatry Res. 2018 04; 262:203-208. PMID: 29453039.
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    3. Flynn, H., Spino, C., Guille C, Deligiannidis, K., Maki, P., Jahnke, J., Rosenblum K, Epperson, N., & Weiss, S.J. .A Collaborative, Network-based Approach to Advance Women's Depression Research in the U.S.: Preliminary Findings. Journal of Women's Health. 2018; 21(1):51-57.
    4. Flynn HA, Spino C, Guille C, Deligiannidis KM, Maki P, Jahnke J, Rosenblum KL, Epperson CN, Weiss SJ. A Collaborative, Network-Based Approach to Advance Women's Depression Research in the United States: Preliminary Findings. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 01; 27(1):51-57. PMID: 28727948.
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    5. Meerwijk EL, Weiss SJ. Utility of a time frame in assessing psychological pain and suicide ideation. PeerJ. 2017; 5:e3491. PMID: 28652940.
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    6. Kim,M., Chen, J., Kools, S., Weiss, SJ.The impact of personality traits and acculturation on the mental health of Korean American adolescents. Psychology. 2017; 7(9):1256-1265.
    7. Kim, M., Chen, J., Kools, S., Weiss, SJ.Mental health problems among Korean American adolescents. Psychology. 2017; 7(14):1872-1882.
    8. Woolf-King, S., Anger, A., Arnold, E., Weiss, S., Teitel, D.Mental health among parents of children with critical congenital heart defects: A systematic review. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017; 6e004862:DOI:10.1161/JAHA.116.004862..
    9. Meerwijk EL, Weiss SJ. Does suicidal desire moderate the association between frontal delta power and psychological pain? PeerJ. 2016; 4:e1538. PMID: 26793422; PMCID: PMC4715463.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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 06; 19(3):491-9. PMID: 26403982.
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    13. 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.
    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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.
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    17. 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.
    18. 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.
    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. Niemann S, Weiss S. Factors Affecting Attachment in International Adoptees at 6 Months Post Adoption. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2012 Jan 01; 34(1):205-212. PMID: 22267885.
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    25. Niemann, S, Weiss, S.Factors affecting attachment in international adoptees at 6 months post-adoption. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2012; 1(34):205-212.
    26. 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.
    27. Weiss, S, Quides, C.Assessment and treatment of mental disorders specific to infants and young children. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. 2012; 335-354.
    28. 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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    29. 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.
    30. 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.
    31. Weiss S, Niemann S.Measurement of touch behavior. The Handbook of Touch: Neuroscience, Behavioral and Health Perspectives. Springer Publishers. 2011; 245-270.
    32. Niemann, S. & Weiss, S. .Attachment behavior of children adopted internationally at 6 months postadoption. Adoption Quarterly. 2011; 14(4):246-267.
    33. 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.
    34. 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.
    35. 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.
    36. Hertenstein M, Weiss SJ.The Handbook of Touch: Neuroscience, Behavioral and Health Perspectives. Springer Publishers, New York. 2011.
    37. 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.
    38. 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.
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    39. 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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    40. 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.
    41. 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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    42. 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.
    43. 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.
    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. Sunpaweravong J, Weiss SJ, Sutharangsee W, Isaramalai S.Expressed emotion of Thai family caregivers of people with Schizophrenia. Journal of Nursing Research. 2007; 11(3):278-294.
    48. 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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    49. 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.
    50. Weiss S.Haptic perception and the psychosocial functioning of premature, low birth weight infants. Infant Behavior and Development. 2005; 28(3):329-359.
    51. 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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    52. Weiss S, Wilson P, Morrison D.Maternal tactile stimulation and the neurodevelopment of low birth weight infants. Infancy. 2004; 5(1):85-107.
    53. Weiss S.Children: A vulnerable population. Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. 2003; 589-614.
    54. 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.
    55. 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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    56. 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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    57. 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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    58. 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.
    59. 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.
    60. Weiss S., Campos R.Touch. Fundamentals of Contemporary Nursing. 1999; 941-967.
    61. Weiss S.Applying the nursing process with children. Psychiatric Nursing. 1996; 858-878.
    62. Weiss S.Attachment theory. Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatric Nursing. 1994; 47-65.
    63. Weiss S.Contemporary empiricism. In Search of Science. 1994; 13-26.
    64. Weiss S.Predictors of neurobehavioral response during tactile stimulation of infants with congenital heart disease. Infant Behavior and Development. 1993; 16(2):251-254.
    65. Weiss S.Parental touching: Correlates of body image. Touch: The Foundation of Experience. 1990; 425-460.
    66. 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..
    67. Zindler-Wernet P, Weiss S.Health locus of control and preventive health behavior. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1987; 9(2):160-179.
    68. Weiss S.Psychophysiologic effects of caregiver touch on incidence of cardiac arrhythmia. Heart and Lung. 1986; 15(5):495-506.
    69. Weiss S.Consensual norms regarding patient involvement. Social Science and Medicine. 1986; 22(4):489-496.
    70. Remen RN, Weiss S.Rights and responsibilities of the family in decisions regarding patient care. Humanities Review. 1985; 14:89-97.
    71. Weiss S.The influence of discourse on collaboration among nurses, physicians, and consumers. Research in Nursing and Health. 1985; 8:49-59.
    72. Weiss S, Davis P.Validity and reliability of the collaborative practice scales. Nursing Research. 1985; 34(5):299-305.
    73. Weiss S.Parental touch and the child's body image. The Many Facets of Touch. 1984; 130-138.
    74. Weiss S.Educating the nursing profession for role transformation. Journal of Nursing Education. 1984; 23(1):9-14.
    75. Weiss S.The effect of transition modules on the adaptation of new graduates. Research in Nursing and Health. 1984; 7:51-59.
    76. 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.
    77. Weiss S.Role differentiation between nurse and physician: Implications for nursing. Nursing Research. 1983; 32(3):133-139.
    78. 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.
    79. 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.
    80. Weiss S, Ramsey E.Planning organizational response to environmental problems associated with transitional adaptation. Organizational-Environment Relationships. 1980; 175-183.
    81. Weiss S.The language of touch. Nursing Research. 1979; 28(2):76-80.