Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medical Social Sciences

MSS Postdoctoral Fellows

Meet our current post-doctoral fellows.  For more information regarding research and training opportunities, postdoctoral candidates should contact Patrick Janulis PhD

Elaine Cheung

Elaine Cheung

elaine-cheung( at )northwestern.edu

Education

2016 – PhD, Northwestern University, Social Psychology
2013 – MS, Northwestern University, Social Psychology
2009 – BS, Cornell University, Human Development

View publications on PubMed

Research Interests

My research interests primarily focus on the social regulation of emotion and its consequences for health and well-being. In particular, I am interested in understanding how people structure and navigate their social networks for emotion regulation, the benefits and potential trade-offs of turning to a romantic partner for emotion regulation, and how disruptions in our social relationships (e.g., social exclusion) can influence our skill at perceiving and responding to others’ emotions. I am currently expanding these interests to explore the adaptive role of positive affect during chronic stress and the development of emotion-regulation interventions for helping people adjust to serious life stressors (e.g., being diagnosed with a chronic illness).

Brian Feinstein

Brian Feinstein

brian.feinstein( at )northwestern.edu

Education

2015 – Internship, University of Washington School of Medicine
2015 – PhD, Stony Brook University, Clinical Psychology
2011 – MA, Stony Brook University, Clinical Psychology

View publications on PubMed

Research Interests

My program of research focuses on risk and protective factors related to mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behavior among sexual minorities. I am particularly interested in understanding how different types of stress (e.g., discrimination, internalized stigma) influence different psychosocial outcomes in this population and how these associations differ across subgroups of individuals (e.g., bisexual versus gay/lesbian individuals). I am also interested in understanding how involvement in same-sex relationships can function as a source of resilience and/or additional stress for this population.

 
Eileen Kranz Graham

Eileen Kranz Graham

eileen.graham( at )northwestern.edu

Education

2010 - PhD, Social/Developmental Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham MA
2007 - MA, Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2005 - BA, Psychology, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

View publications on PubMed

Research Interests

My primary interests lie in personality trait development across the lifespan and how this influences health outcomes in later life. I am particularly interested in how personality trajectories influence cognitive health and the onset of dementia. I am currently expanding these interests to include other health outcomes, such as physical health and mortality, and exploring behavioral mediators of the personality-health associations.

Patrick Janulis

Patrick Janulis

patrick.janulis( at )northwestern.edu

Education

2014 - PhD, Michigan State University, Ecological-Community Psychology
2010 - MS, DePaul University, General Psychology

View publications on PubMed

Research Interests

I'm interested in examining how social network analysis can be used to better understand the intersection of drug use, HIV, and LGBT health. This research primarily focuses on examining different types of social networks (e.g., sexual, drug use, advice) to better understand the spread and maintenance of drug and sexual risk and protective behaviors. The long term goal of this research is to utilize the knowledge of these social influence networks to improve the effectiveness of health behavior interventions and remove structural barriers to health promotion.

 
Heather L. McGinty

Heather L. McGinty

heather.mcginty( at )northwestern.edu

Education

2014 – Internship, University of Florida Health Science Center, Medical Psychology & Psycho-Oncology
2014 – PhD, University of South Florida, Clinical Psychology
2010 – MA, University of South Florida, Clinical Psychology

View publications on PubMed

Research Interests

Research interests include psycho-oncology and quality of life during treatment for cancer and cancer survivorship. My research includes theory-driven predictors of quality of life and distress to help inform interventions to improve patient outcomes.

Anthony J. Ryals

Anthony J. Ryals

anthony.ryals( at )northwestern.edu

Education

2012 - PhD, Colorado State University, Cognitive Psychology
2009 - M.S., Cognitive Psychology, Colorado State University
2006 - B.S., Psychology,Western Oregon University

View publications on PubMed

http://www.lhn.northwestern.edu/

Research Interests

In collaboration with the Northwestern Laboratory for Human Neuroscience, I study multiple facets of human memory and the interplay between conscious awareness and memory in both healthy and impaired populations. In our research, we utilize behavioral experimentation, cognitive neuroscience techniques (EEG, fMRI, TMS, eye-tracking) and neuropsychological testing in order to understand the structure and function of memory and consciousness.

 
Jane X. Wang

Jane X. Wang

janewang( at )northwestern.edu

Education

2010 - PhD, Applied Physics, University of Michigan
2008 – M.Sc. Applied Physics, University of Michigan

View publications on PubMed

Research Interests

I am interested in the mechanisms of learning and how people employ flexible and adaptive exploration strategies to learn associative and contextual information. My recent work focuses on modeling and modulating memory networks using fMRI, EEG, TMS, and multivariate statistical and network analyses.