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at the Ohio State University Medical Center
 
 

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Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, the Director of the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor as well as the Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. A clinical psychologist who works in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, she has published more than 300 articles, chapters, and books, with a Google Scholar h-index of 126. Her studies have demonstrate important health consequences of stress, including slower wound healing and impaired vaccine responses; she has also shown that chronic stress substantially accelerates inflammation which has been linked with many age-related diseases. In addition, her programmatic work has focused on how close personal relationships influence immune and endocrine function, and health. Her recent work has shown that stress and depression dysregulate energy metabolism following high-fat meals, promoting weight gain. Most notable among her honors is her elected membership in the National Academy of Medicine. She has also received the American Psychological Association's Award for Scientific Contributions to Psychology, the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the American Psychosomatic Society's Distinguished Scientist Award for career contributions. A Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has served on the editorial boards of 11 journals. Her research has been supported by a series of NIH grants, including a MERIT award, since 1987. She has published two mystery novels, Detecting Lies and Unconscious Truths.                     

Her newest study addresses two key questions: Does the chhronic stress of caregiving for a spouse with dementia accelerate molecular aging? Can caregiving-related distress propel molecular aging and shorten health span (the length of time that a person is healthy-not just alive)? This project will provide insight into the pathways through which dementia family caregiving can produce substantial health risks.