Meet Our Researchers

Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D (Principal Investigator)
Professor Janice Kiecolt-Glaser holds the S. Robert Davis Chair of Medicine in The Ohio State University College of Medicine; she also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor. She is a member of the OSU Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research as well as Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology. Working in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, she has authored  more than 200 articles, chapters, and books, most in collaboration with Dr. Ronald Glaser.  Their studies have demonstrated important health consequences of stress, including slower wound healing and impaired vaccine responses; they have also shown that chronic stress substantially accelerates age-related changes in inflammation which is linked to some cancers, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and frailty and function decline.  In addition, their programmatic work has focused on how personal relationships influence immune and endocrine function, and health.

Most notable among her honors is her membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the American Psychological Association; she received an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association's Division of Health Psychology, as well as the Developmental Health Psychology Award from the Divisions of Health Psychology and Adult Development and Aging. She is the past President of the Division of Health Psychology. The Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society gave her the Norman Cousins Award in 1998.  She is listed in the Institute for Scientific Information ISIHighlyCited.com (among the world's most highly cited authors, a group comprising less than one half of one percent of all publishing researchers). She is currently a member of the NIH MESH study section and she has served on the editorial boards of 10 professional journals including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Health Psychology.  Her research has been supported by a series of grants from the National Institutes of Health, including a MERIT award, as well as a Research Career Development Award, and she is currently a PI on NIH grants from the NCI  and NIA.  In 2008, she received The Ohio State University's highest honor for scholars, appointment as a Distinguished University Professor, a title awarded to only ~50 faculty members since 1985. She has published two mystery novels, Detecting Lies and Unconscious Truths.

Although cancer survivors are the primary focus of her current research, her ongoing studies also reflect her interests in older adults, marriage, and the interactive influences of stress and dietary intake on immune function. Her current projects are addressing questions such as the longer-term mental and physical health of breast cancer survivors, the ability of mind-body interventions such as yoga to modulate endocrine and immune responses, and the role that proinflammatory cytokines play in combination with depression among cancer survivors who experience debilitating fatigue.

Another segment of her current research focuses on the intersection of nutritional neuroscience with psychoneuroimmunology. Drawing on behavioral, nutritional, immunological, and cardiovascular research, two projects address the ways that stress, depression, and obesity interact to enhance responses to fast-food type meals (i.e., meals high in saturated fat) substantially boosting postprandial inflammation and fueling chronic inflammatory and atherogenic responses. One of these studies involves breast cancer survivors and the second involves healthy married couples; for the marriage study, she is also interested in how the couples’ responses to a marital problem discussion may interact with their responses to the meals.

Michael Di Gregorio, M.S., CCRP
Michael has been with the lab since December, 2000. He is a clinical research manager and serves as the lab manager. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University in Northern California with a double major in Psychology and Mathematics. He continued on at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida where he earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology with emphases in neuropsychology. He has taken additional classes in qi gong, Chinese medicine, yoga and massage therapy. Outside the lab, Michael enjoys drumming, yoga, soccer and live music.

Stephanie Wilson, Ph.D.
Stephanie is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab.  She completed her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with emphases on lifespan development, health, and quantitative methods.  Stephanie aims to better understand the mechanisms by which social interactions, particularly in close relationships, shape health and well-being along micro- and macro-longitudinal time scales.  An NSF-sponsored traineeship in Big Data Social Science helped to supplement her skill set to address these questions.  Beyond the lab, Stephanie particularly enjoys life hacking, music, needlework, and all things classics.

Alex Woody, Ph.D.
Alex is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. He completed his PhD in Experimental Health Psychology at Ohio University. His program of research focuses on precipitating factors for and physiological consequences of repetitive thinking about past and future stressors. He plans to expand this work to include worry and rumination in the context of dyadic relationships and in coping with health conditions like cancer. Outside of the lab, Alex is an award-winning baker and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.

Sam Donermeyer, B.S.
Sam is a clinical research assistant and scheduling coordinator in the lab. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Ohio State University in 2016. She is interested in exploring how different lifestyle and psychological factors can affect biological processes and influence health outcomes. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending her free time reading, playing the piano, writing music, and running.

Angelina Caradonna, B.S.
Angelina is a clinical research assistant in the lab. She recently graduated from Miami University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health, a major in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a minor in Italian. She is interested in the role of health and wellness in the mind-body connection, specifically how nutrition impacts those of all ages, ranging from everyday life to serious diseases. She is also an avid proponent of the Slow Food Movement and in her free time she enjoys cooking, writing, reading, spending time outdoors, knitting, and traveling.

Leah Chipps, B.A.
Leah is a clinical research assistant and the IMPACT Study Coordinator in the lab. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is interested in exploring the role that mental health plays in influencing factors related to physical and neurological health. Outside of the lab, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Andrea Decker, B.S.
Andrea is a clinical research assistant in the lab. She recently graduated from the Ohio State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, and minors in Psychology and Spanish. She is interested in the impact of mind-body interventions on health and wellness. Outside of the lab, Andrea enjoys travelling, cooking, baking, reading, and playing with her dog.

Avelina Padin, M.A.
Avelina is a current graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at OSU working towards a Ph.D. She received her Bachelor of Science from Xavier University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Avelina is interested in the impact of obesity and physical exercise on chronic disease progression. In her free time she enjoys yoga, running, live music, and reading.

Annelise Madison, B.A.
Annelise Madison is a clinical health psychology graduate student working towards a PhD. Originally from Nebraska, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Before arriving at OSU, Annelise worked with Teach for America in San Antonio, Texas, was a Therapeutic Mentor at a women’s drug rehab facility, and was a freelance writer on psychology, health, and spirituality-related topics. She is interested in how diet, trauma, and psychosocial stress impact the microbiome and immune system. In her free time, Annelise enjoys traveling, yoga, running, spending time in nature, and writing.