Stefanie Mayer, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, 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
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Stefanie Mayer is a clinical scientist at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 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 R00AG062778Apr 15, 2019 - Jan 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Understanding and Reversing the Effects of Early Life Adversity on Midlife Health: Improving Daily Psychological Stress Responses using an Ecological Momentary Intervention
    NIH K99AG062778Apr 15, 2019 - Mar 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Deep rest: An integrative model of how contemplative practices combat stress and enhance the body's restorative capacity. Psychol Rev. 2024 Jan; 131(1):247-270. Crosswell AD, Mayer SE, Whitehurst LN, Picard M, Zebarjadian S, Epel ES. PMID: 38147050; PMCID: PMC11003855.
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    2. Cohort profile: the longitudinal National Growth and Health Study (NGHS) of black and white girls from Northern California tracking how behavioural and psychosocial risk factors predict cardiovascular risk and biological ageing in midlife and in offspring. BMJ Open. 2023 11 06; 13(11):e072957. Laraia B, Brownell K, Friebur R, Perera R, Brown E, Mayer SE, Feng I, Clermont S, Ritchie LD, Epel E. PMID: 37931968; PMCID: PMC10632866.
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    3. Do diurnal salivary cortisol curves carry meaningful information about the regulatory biology of the HPA axis in healthy humans? Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2023 04; 150:106031. Abelson JL, Sánchez BN, Mayer SE, Briggs H, Liberzon I, Rajaram N. PMID: 36801587.
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    4. Intergenerational effects of maternal lifetime stressor exposure on offspring telomere length in Black and White women. Psychol Med. 2023 10; 53(13):6171-6182. Mayer SE, Guan J, Lin J, Hamlat E, Parker JE, Brownell K, Price C, Mujahid M, Tomiyama AJ, Slavich GM, Laraia BA, Epel ES. PMID: 36457292; PMCID: PMC10235210.
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    5. Daily stress appraisals and C-reactive protein in a sample of Black and White women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2021 Sep 1; 131:105475. Guan GJ, Hamlat HE, Mujahid MM, Price PC, Tomiyama TA, Laraia LB, Epel EE, Mayer MS. .
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    6. Childhood maltreatment and within-person associations between cortisol and affective experience. Stress. 2021 11; 24(6):822-832. Kuhlman KR, Abelson JL, Mayer SE, Rajaram N, Briggs H, Young E. PMID: 34060408; PMCID: PMC8668388.
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    7. The long shadow of childhood trauma for depression in midlife: examining daily psychological stress processes as a persistent risk pathway. Psychol Med. 2021 Mar 26; 1-10. Mayer SE, Surachman A, Prather AA, Puterman E, Delucchi KL, Irwin MR, Danese A, Almeida DM, Epel ES. PMID: 33766171; PMCID: PMC8647837.
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    8. Early life stress sensitizes youth to the influence of stress-induced cortisol on memory for affective words. Dev Psychobiol. 2021 07; 63(5):1597-1605. Kuhlman KR, Mayer SE, Vargas I, Lopez-Duran NL. PMID: 33559157; PMCID: PMC8349920.
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    9. The roles of comorbidity and trauma exposure and its timing in shaping HPA axis patterns in depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2020 10; 120:104776. Mayer SE, Peckins M, Kuhlman KR, Rajaram N, Lopez-Duran NL, Young EA, Abelson JL. PMID: 32593866; PMCID: PMC7502500.
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    10. Negative Cognitive Style and Cortisol Reactivity to a Laboratory Stressor: a Preliminary Study. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 2019 Nov 12; 1-14. Vargas VI, Haeffel HG, Jacobucci JR, Boyle BJ, Mayer MS, Lopez-Duran LN. .
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    11. Cumulative lifetime stress exposure and leukocyte telomere length attrition: The unique role of stressor duration and exposure timing. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 06; 104:210-218. Mayer SE, Prather AA, Puterman E, Lin J, Arenander J, Coccia M, Shields GS, Slavich GM, Epel ES. PMID: 30884304; PMCID: PMC6518420.
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    12. Chronic stress, hair cortisol and depression: A prospective and longitudinal study of medical internship. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 06; 92:57-65. Mayer SE, Lopez-Duran NL, Sen S, Abelson JL. PMID: 29627713; PMCID: PMC5924646.
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    13. More than a feeling: A unified view of stress measurement for population science. Front Neuroendocrinol. 2018 04; 49:146-169. Epel ES, Crosswell AD, Mayer SE, Prather AA, Slavich GM, Puterman E, Mendes WB. PMID: 29551356; PMCID: PMC6345505.
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    14. Mediators of compassionate goal intervention effects on human neuroendocrine responses to the Trier Social Stress Test. Stress. 2017 11; 20(6):533-540. Erickson TM, Mayer SE, Lopez-Duran NL, Scarsella GM, McGuire AP, Crocker J, Abelson JL. PMID: 28845716; PMCID: PMC7010267.
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    15. The psychology of HPA axis activation: Examining subjective emotional distress and control in a phobic fear exposure model. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Aug; 82:189-198. Mayer SE, Snodgrass M, Liberzon I, Briggs H, Curtis GC, Abelson JL. PMID: 28233588; PMCID: PMC5478447.
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    16. Trait and state rumination interact to prolong cortisol activation to psychosocial stress in females. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 12; 74:324-332. Shull A, Mayer SE, McGinnis E, Geiss E, Vargas I, Lopez-Duran NL. PMID: 27716572.
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    17. The Cortisol Awakening Response and Depressive Symptomatology: The Moderating Role of Sleep and Gender. Stress Health. 2017 Aug; 33(3):199-210. Vargas I, Mayer S, Lopez-Duran N. PMID: 27465684.
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    18. HPA-axis stress reactivity in youth depression: evidence of impaired regulatory processes in depressed boys. Stress. 2015; 18(5):545-53. Lopez-Duran NL, McGinnis E, Kuhlman K, Geiss E, Vargas I, Mayer S. PMID: 26115161; PMCID: PMC5403248.
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    19. Effortful control and context interact in shaping neuroendocrine stress responses during childhood. Horm Behav. 2014 Jul; 66(2):457-65. Mayer SE, Abelson JL, Lopez-Duran NL. PMID: 25019964; PMCID: PMC4148048.
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    20. Modeling neuroendocrine stress reactivity in salivary cortisol: adjusting for peak latency variability. Stress. 2014 Jul; 17(4):285-95. Lopez-Duran NL, Mayer SE, Abelson JL. PMID: 24754834.
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    21. 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. Abelson JL, Erickson TM, Mayer SE, Crocker J, Briggs H, Lopez-Duran NL, Liberzon I. PMID: 24767620; PMCID: PMC4120861.
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