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Stefanie Mayer, PhD

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    University of Michigan, Ann ArborPhDClinical Psychology
    University of Wuerzburg, GermanyDiplom (equivalent to joint BA/MS)Psychology

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    Stefanie E. Mayer is a postdoctoral research scholar at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2017.

    Stefanie`s research focuses on the biopsychosocial pathways by which stress exposure – throughout the lifespan – can get “under the skin” and increase risk for adverse mental and physical health outcomes. She has a particular interest in examining stress and adversity during the early developmental years as these experiences produce lifelong alterations in psychological and biological (e.g., neuroendocrine, immune, cellular aging) processes that shape responses to stress later in life (e.g., chronic stress during adulthood), which can have detrimental health consequences. Stefanie seeks to understand these pathways, and develop more effective interventions to reverse the negative effects of early life stress. She is particularly interested in tailoring mindfulness and compassion based approaches to promote stress resilience in those exposed to early adversity.

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    Understanding and Reversing the Effects of Early Life Adversity on Midlife Health: Improving Daily Psychological Stress Responses using an Ecological Momentary Intervention
    NIH/NIA K99AG062778Apr 15, 2019 - Mar 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Stefanie E. Mayer, James L. Abelson, Hedieh Briggs, Jonathan Skaza, Clemens Kirschbaum, Tobias Stalder. How does hair cortisol assessment correspond to saliva measures and to lab-based probes of HPA axis regulatory function?. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Sep 1; 107:50-51.
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    2. Kate Ryan Kuhlman, James L. Abelson, Stefanie E. Mayer, Elizabeth A. Young. Is it me or your stressor?. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Sep 1; 107:62.
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    3. Mayer SE, Prather AA, Puterman E, Lin J, Arenander J, Coccia M, Shields GS, Slavich GM, Epel ES. Cumulative lifetime stress exposure and leukocyte telomere length attrition: The unique role of stressor duration and exposure timing. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Jun; 104:210-218. PMID: 30884304.
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    4. Stefanie E. Mayer, Melissa Peckins, Kate R. Kuhlman, Elizabeth A. Young, James L. Abelson. PTSD and timing of trauma exposure in shaping the HPA-axis profile in depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Feb 1; 100:s50.
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    5. Mayer SE, Lopez-Duran NL, Sen S, Abelson JL. Chronic stress, hair cortisol and depression: A prospective and longitudinal study of medical internship. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 06; 92:57-65. PMID: 29627713.
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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. Erickson TM, Mayer SE, Lopez-Duran NL, Scarsella GM, McGuire AP, Crocker J, Abelson JL. Mediators of compassionate goal intervention effects on human neuroendocrine responses to the Trier Social Stress Test. Stress. 2017 11; 20(6):533-540. PMID: 28845716.
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    8. Mayer SE, Snodgrass M, Liberzon I, Briggs H, Curtis GC, Abelson JL. The psychology of HPA axis activation: Examining subjective emotional distress and control in a phobic fear exposure model. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Aug; 82:189-198. PMID: 28233588.
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    9. Shull A, Mayer SE, McGinnis E, Geiss E, Vargas I, Lopez-Duran NL. Trait and state rumination interact to prolong cortisol activation to psychosocial stress in females. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 12; 74:324-332. PMID: 27716572.
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    10. Stefanie E. Mayer, James L. Abelson, Nestor L. Lopez-Duran, Hedieh Briggs, Elizabeth A. Young. The roles of trauma exposure and timing and anxiety comorbidity in shaping HPA axis patterns in depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Sep 1; 71:68.
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    11. Vargas I, Mayer S, Lopez-Duran N. The Cortisol Awakening Response and Depressive Symptomatology: The Moderating Role of Sleep and Gender. Stress Health. 2017 Aug; 33(3):199-210. PMID: 27465684.
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    12. Lopez-Duran NL, McGinnis E, Kuhlman K, Geiss E, Vargas I, Mayer S. HPA-axis stress reactivity in youth depression: evidence of impaired regulatory processes in depressed boys. Stress. 2015; 18(5):545-53. PMID: 26115161.
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    13. Mayer SE, Abelson JL, Lopez-Duran NL. Effortful control and context interact in shaping neuroendocrine stress responses during childhood. Horm Behav. 2014 Jul; 66(2):457-65. PMID: 25019964.
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    14. Lopez-Duran NL, Mayer SE, Abelson JL. Modeling neuroendocrine stress reactivity in salivary cortisol: adjusting for peak latency variability. Stress. 2014 Jul; 17(4):285-95. PMID: 24754834.
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    15. Abelson JL, Erickson TM, Mayer SE, Crocker J, Briggs H, Lopez-Duran NL, Liberzon I. Brief cognitive intervention can modulate neuroendocrine stress responses to the Trier Social Stress Test: buffering effects of a compassionate goal orientation. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Jun; 44:60-70. PMID: 24767620.
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    16. ina Höhne, Hildegard Pfister, Tanja Brückl, Petra Zimmermann, Manfred Uhr, Florian Holsboer, Marcus Ising, Sandra Cornelisse, Vanessa A. van Ast, Marian Joëls, Merel Kindt, Nadine Skoluda, Johanna Marie Doerr, Urs Markus Nater, Myriam V. Thoma, Ulrike Ehlert, Barbara Vanaelst, Inge Huybrechts, Karin Bammann, Nathalie Michels, Tineke de Vriendt, Krishna Vyncke, Isabelle Sioen, Licia Iacoviello, Kathrin Gunther, Denes Molnar, Lauren Lissner, Noellie Rivet, Jean-Sebastien Raul, Stefaan de Henauw, Stefanie Eva Mayer, James L. Abelson, Thane Erickson, Hedieh Briggs, Jennifer Crocker, Israel Liberzon, Ingibjörg H. Jonsdottir, Kristina Glise, Gunnar Ahlborg, Anna Sjörs, Magdalena Buckert, Christiane Schwieren, Brigitte M. Kudielka, Christian J. Fiebach, Blake Gurfein, Andrew Stamm, Peter Bacchetti, Mary Dallman, Nachiket Nadkarni, Jeffrey Milush, Chadi Touma, Rupert Palme, Jan Pieter Konsman, Michael Acree, Mary Premenko-Lanier, Nicolas Darcel, Frederick Hecht, Douglas Nixon, Laura Ortega, Rosa Monseny, Itziar Montalvo, Núria Manzanares, Joan Franch, Brian R. Walker, Alfonso Gutiérrez-Zotes, Rebecca M. Reynolds, Javier Labad, Andrea Amaro Quesada, Rosana M. Tristão, Fernanda B. Vianna, Lucas B.D. Barbosa, Igor C. Carneiro, Caroline N. Minchillo, Riccardo Pratesi, Oliver T. Wolf, Nitsan Kozlovsky, Joseph Zohar, Zeev Kaplan, Hagit Cohen, Marcia J. Slattery, Adam J. Grieve, Elliott M. Paletz, Ned H. Kalin, Charissa Andreotti, Paige Garrard, Sneha Venkatraman, Linda Luecken, Bruce Compas, Katri Savolainen, Johan G. Eriksson, Laura Kananen, Eero Kajantie, Iiris Hovatta, Marius Lahti, Jari Lahti, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Kati Heinonen, Katri Räikkönen, Nagisa Sugaya, Shuhei Izawa, Keisuke Saito, Kentaro Shirotsuki, Shinobu Nomura, Hironori Shimada, Kazutaka Ikeda, Tobias Stalder, Clemens Kirschbaum, Robert Miller, Joachim Fischer, Anne Marita Milde, Tove Saga Nordling, Dag Øystein Nordanger, Kristin J. Ziegler, Jan-Felix Kersten, Schulamith Krüger, Karl-Heinz Schulz, Christoph Heesen, Stefan M. Gold, Jeffrey Milush, Vanessa York, Aric Prather, Douglas Nixon, Hecht Frederick, Elissa S. Epel, Nina Alexander, Franziska Rosenlöcher, Tobias Stalder, Julia Linke, Wolfgang Distler, Joachim Morgner, Clemens Kirschbaum, Mary Eileen Saczawa, Julia. A. Graber, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Malak Abu Shakra, Jens C. Pruessner, Alain Dagher, Marco Leyton, Robert Pihl, Owen M. Wolkowitz, Synthia H. Mellon, Yali Su, Victor I. Reus, Scott Mackin, Heather M. Burke, Rebecca Rosser, John Coetzee, Elissa S. Epel, Steven P. Hamilton, Craig J. Nelson, Laura Mahan, Michelle Coy, Michael W. Weiner, Susanne Mueller, Hannah Bruehl, Peter N.C. Mohr, Alex Hatri, Hauke R. Heekeren, Owen M. Wolkowitz, Jodie Bryk, Synthia H. Mellon, Elissa S. Epel, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Jue Lin, Robert H. Lustig, Peter J. Havel, Victor I. Reus, Heather M. Burke, Rebecca Rosser, John Coetzee, Laura Mahan, Michelle Coy, Steven P. Hamilton, Craig J. Nelson, Agorastos Agorastos, Oliver Stiedl, Judith A. Boel, Pia S. Heppner, Torben Hager, Tobias Moeller-Bertram, Uzair Haji, Arame Motazedi, Dewleen G. Baker, Danielle Gianferante, Myriam V. Thoma, Juliette Saltz, Brian Dahlben, Holly Beaulac, Nicolas Rohleder, Chia-Ying Chou, Roberto La Marca, Andrew Steptoe, Chris R. Brewin, Jessie Frijling, Mirjam van Zuiden, Saskia Koch, Laura Nawijn, Dick Veltman, Miranda Olff, Anna Sjörs, Per-Anders Jansson, Jan W. Eriksson, Ingibjörg H. Jonsdottir, Tony W. Buchanan, Christina N. White, Mary Kralemann, Stephanie D. Preston, Victor L. Kallen, Jan-Willem Mark, Luc Bischoff, Ben van Ommen, Nico van Meeteren, Marie-France Marin, Catherine Raymond, Julie-Katia Morin-Major, Anne Hand, Robert-Paul Juster, Shireen Sindi, Sonia J. Lupien, Jinshia Ly, Sivan Rotenberg, Jennifer J. McGrath, Yrsa Bergmann Sverrisdóttir, Anna-Karin Lennartsson, Ingibjörg H. Jonsdottir, Pelle de Koning, Robert-Paul Juster, Nathan G. Smith, Philip J. Johnson, Jean-Philippe Lefebvre-Louis, Marie-France Marin, Shireen Sindi, Jens C. Pruessner, Sonia. POSTERS. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 2012 Dec 1; 3(1):19557.
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    17. Stefanie Eva Mayer, James L. Abelson, Thane Erickson, Hedieh Briggs, Jennifer Crocker, Israel Liberzon. Brief cognitive interventions interact with resilience to modulate ACTH response to the Trier Social Stress Test. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 2012 Sep 10; 3(0).
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