Psychology Professor Marci Lobel to Give Talk at Brookhaven Lab on Stress During Pregnancy, May 30

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Marci Lobel

UPTON, NY — Psychology Professor Marci Lobel will give a talk, titled "Stress During Pregnancy and its Effects on Women and Infants," at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, May 30, at 5 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Prior to the talk, at 4 p.m., Lobel will be available for an informal chat with attendees. Sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) and Brookhaven Science Associates (the company that manages the Lab), the talk is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Visitors to the Laboratory 16 or older must carry photo I.D.

Lobel's research examines stress and coping, and their effects on physical health. In particular, her work has focused on reproductive health, including some of the first scientifically rigorous investigations to establish the impact of prenatal maternal stress on human birth outcomes. She has developed measures of prenatal stress, coping, and health behaviors that are now used throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

In her talk at Brookhaven, Lobel will discuss how women cope with stress during pregnancy, and how they can reduce stress and its impact on pregnancy. She will highlight results from her studies showing that stress in pregnancy is related to other important public health problems, including the risk of a Caesarean (surgical) delivery, high rates of preterm delivery and low birth weight among African Americans infants, and domestic violence during pregnancy.  

Lobel received her A.B. from Harvard University and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a professor of Psychology and director of the Doctoral Program in Social and Health Psychology at Stony Brook University and director of the Stony Brook Pregnancy Project. Additionally, Lobel is co-principal investigator of a large study funded by the National Science Foundation investigating stress and coping among women pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Her research has been published in numerous professional journals and is often cited in the popular media.  She serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is an editor of the Encyclopedia of Mental Health.  She has been widely recognized for her excellence in research and teaching, and received an award from the American Psychological Association for her mentoring of students.

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