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Scholarly Interest Report
Christopher Fagundes
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • BA Psychology (2005) UC Davis, Davis, CA
  • MS Psychology (2008) University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • PhD Psychology (2010) University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Primary Department
   Department of Psychology
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Psychology
     BMED Lab Facebook Page
     Bioheavorial Mechanisms Explaining Disparities Lab
     Study seeks cause of fatal bereavement
     Why Do Grieving Spouses Often Pass Away Soon After Their Partner?

    Research Statement


    Dr. Fagundes studies how stressful life event impact the autonomic, neuroendocrine, and immune system. In the area of tertiary cancer prevention Dr. Fagundes investigates the mechanisms that underlie cancer survivorship disparities, and designs biobehavioral interventions to prevent recurrence and improve quality of life. In particular, his work has studied why cancer survivors who experienced early life stress and/or low SES are disproportionally burdened by post-treatment symptoms and shorter survival.  In the area of stressful life events and health, Dr. Fagundes focuses on loss event.  For example, loss events such as bereavement are among life’s most stressful experiences.  Those who experienced profound early life stress and/or have had troubled personal relationships are at enhanced risk for poor post-loss adjustment. Dr. Fagundes investigates who is most vulnerable to poor loss adjustment; he also develops and evaluates theoretically-based biobehavioral interventions in order to improve post-loss well-being. Currently, Dr. Fagundes has an NIH-funded R01 looking at how relationship insecurity (or attachment insecurity) in the context of losing a spouse impacts inflammation, which is a key biological mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, some cancers, osteoporosis, arthritis, frailty, fatigue, and functional decline.

    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Fagundes C. P., & Way, B. (2015). Early life stress and adult inflammation. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 23(4), 277-283. 


    Fagundes C. P., LeRoy, A., & Karuga, M. (2015). Behavioral Symptoms after breast cancer treatment: A biobehavioral approach. Journal of Personalized Medicine. (5), 1-17. 


    Fagundes, C. P., Shi, Q., Vaporciyan, A. A., Rice, D. C., Popat, K. U., Cleeland, C. S., & Wang, X. S. (2015). Symptom recovery after thoracic surgery: measuring patient-reported outcomes with the MD Anderson Symptom Inventory. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.


    Friedman, J., Beck, J., Chou, K. Gracia, G., Fagundes, C. P., Goetz, C., Herlofson, K, Lang, A., Lou, S.J., Marsh, L., Newbould, A., Weintraub, D.   Fatigue in Parkinson's disease. In Press. Nature Publishing Group (npj) Parkinson’s disease.


    Jaremka, L.M., Fagundes, C.P., Peng, J., Belury, M.A., Andridge, R.R., Malarkey, W.B., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (2015). Loneliness predicts postprandial ghrelin and hunger in women. Hormones and Behavior, 70, 57-63.


    Kiecolt-Glaser J. K., Derry, H.M., Fagundes C. P. (2015).  Inflammation: Depression fans the flames and feasts on the heat.  The American Journal of Psychiatry. 172(11), 1075-1091.


    Kiecolt-Glaser J. K., Habash D. L., Fagundes C. P., Andridge R., Peng J., Malarkey W. B., & Belury, M. A. (2015). Daily stressors, past depression, and metabolic responses to high-fat meals: A novel Pathway to obesity.  Biological Psychiatry, 77(7), 653-60.


    Kiecolt-Glaser J. K., Jaremka L. M., Andridge R., Peng, J., Habash M. S., Fagundes C. P., Glaser, R., Malarkey W. B., & Belury, M. A. (2015). Marital Discord, Past Depression, and Metabolic Responses to High-Fat Meals: Interpersonal Pathways to Obesity.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 52, 239-50.


    Lavoy, E. Fagundes, C.P., Dantzer, R. (2015).  Can Exercise Training Address Cancer-Related Fatigue in Cancer Survivors.  Exercise Immunology Review.


    Paech, J., Schindler, I., & Fagundes, C. P.* (2015). Mastery matters most: How mastery and positive relations link attachment avoidance and anxiety to negative emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 1-10.

     Conference Paper

    Scherezade KM, Fagundes CP, Chaoul A, Cohen L, Hoover DS, Strong L, McNeill LH.  Physical activity outcomes from a faith-based “not yoga” study among African Americans.  International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa, 6/2016

     Invited Talks

    "Early life adversity and physical health: A psychoneuroimmunological approach at the Board of Trustees Spouse Lunch hosted by Y. Ping Sun and Phoebe Tudor." (12/10/2015)


    Leroy AS, Lu Q, Zvolenskty MJ & Fagundes CP.  Anxiety Sensitivity Moderates the Painful Effects of Feeling Burdensome to Other.  Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Denver, CO, 3/2016


    Murdock KW, LeRoy AS, & Fagundes CP.  Executive functioning and respiratory sinus arrhythmia interact to predict depression and inflammation. American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 3/2016

    Editorial Positions
     Other, Cognitive Therapy and Research. (2010 - 2016)

     Other, Journal of Social & Personal Relationships. (2008 - 2016)

     Other, Nutrition Research. (2013 - 2016)

     Other, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. (2013 - 2016)

     Other, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. (2010 - 2016)

     Other, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. (2010 - 2016)

     Other, Personal Relationships. (2008 - 2016)

     Other, Biological Psychiatry. (2013 - 2016)

     Other, Psychosomatic Medicine. (2012 - 2016)

     Other, Social Science & Medicine. (2010 - 2016)

     Other, Psychology and Aging. (2010 - 2016)

     Other, Developmental Psychology, . (2010 - 2016)

     Other, Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. (2016 - 2016)

     Other, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. (2010 - 2016)

     Other, Perspectives on Psychological Science. (2013 - 2016)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Nelson Yeung, PHd Adjustment to Caregiving among Husbands of Women with Breast Cancer in China: Application of the Stress and Coping Model. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Woohyeon Kim, PhD Three Essays on the Efficiency of Medical Providers. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Association for Psychological Science Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science

    Positions Held
     American Psychosomatic Society Session Chair, American Psychosomatic Society. (2016 - 2016)