Stanton Stress & Coping Lab

Studying coping and emotion regulation in response to cancer and stress.


The Stanton Stress & Coping Laboratory is directed by Annette L. Stanton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Stanton's research centers on specifying factors that help and hinder individuals as they adjust to health-related adversity. She is interested in testing theories of stress and coping and related conceptual models in individuals and couples confronting cancer, reproductive problems, and other stressors.

The Stanton Stress and Coping Laboratory is staffed by post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, study coordinators, undergraduate research assistants, and volunteers.

Professor Stanton

Annette L. Stanton, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, senior research scientist at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, and a member of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research in the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research centers on specifying factors that promote psychological and physical health in individuals who confront health-related adversity. In the area of psychosocial oncology, she conducts longitudinal research to understand the influences of personality and contextual resources, cognitive appraisals, and coping processes on the quality of life and health in individuals diagnosed with or at risk for a range of cancers, including cancer of the breast, eye, lung, and prostate. She then works to translate her findings into effective interventions for individuals living with cancer through conducting randomized, controlled intervention trials of psychosocial and behavioral interventions. Dr. Stanton has received the Senior Investigator Award from Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association in recognition of her research contributions to health psychology. Current funding for her research is provided by the National Cancer Institute, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. She has received a number of awards for undergraduate teaching and graduate mentoring. In 2006, Professor Stanton was honored with both the J. Arthur Woodward Graduate Mentoring Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award in the UCLA Department of Psychology.

Professor Stanton's research focuses on specifying factors that promote mental and physical health in individuals who confront chronic illness and other adverse life experiences. Her work centers on the influences of personality and contextual resources, cognitive appraisals, and coping processes on the quality of life and health of those who face specific stressful encounters. Her research spans the field and the laboratory, with the goal of understanding the influence stress-related and emotion regulation processes on mental and physical health and disorder through both longitudinal and experimental investigation. This line of research has resulted in more than 100 publications, including the first empirically based book on psychological adjustment to infertility (Stanton & Dunkel-Schetter, 1991), a book on the psychology of women's health (Stanton & Gallant, 1995), a book on positive life changes in the context of disease (Park, Lechner, Stanton, & Antoni, 2009). Dr. Stanton's latest work is directed toward increasingly critical exploration of theoretical and methodological issues in coping, as well as toward testing the efficacy of particular coping approaches in improving mental and physical health randomized, controlled trials. One line of work centers on theoretical conceptualization and operationalization of emotion regulation strategies involving coping through emotional processing and expression. For example, one federally-funded project provided a longitudinal test of the utility of emotional approach coping in predicting psychological and physical health in breast cancer patients and an experimental test of the health benefits of and effective mechanisms for experimentally-induced emotional approach coping versus benefit-finding in women with breast cancer. In a multisite randomized, controlled trial, Dr. Stanton and her collaborators examined the effectiveness of interventions to promote approach-oriented coping skills to women after completion of breast cancer treatment, and an extension of this intervention is currently being tested in a P01 funded by the National Cancer Institute. Recently completed research includes a longitudinal investigation of contributors to depressive symptoms and other health-related (e.g. HPA axis function) outcomes in women with metastatic breast cancer. Research in progress includes a longitudinal investigation psychological and immune function in women undergoing genetic testing for BRCA1/2 (genes that confer high risk for breast cancer), an experimental investigation of cancer-related cognitive processing and mental health in women at risk for breast cancer, and a longitudinal examination of biological vulnerability, emotion regulation, and clinical depression in breast cancer. Current funding for her research is provided by the National Cancer Institute, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation

Curriculum Vitae

Doctoral Students

Olajide Bamishigbin

Olajide Bamishigbin Jr, M.A.

Olajide (Jide) is a fourth‐year graduate student in the Health Psychology Area. At UCLA, his primary advisor is Dr. Annette Stanton and his secondary advisor is Dr. Chris Dunkel Schetter. He is primarily interested in stress, resilience, depressive symptoms, and physical health in diverse populations from African American and Latino Cancer patients to new African American fathers. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2012 with B.A. in Psychology. While at UM, he worked with Dr. Youngmee Kim in her Facilitating Adjustment to Medical Illness in Your Lifetime (FAMILY Lab). Outside of school, Jide is a new father and enjoys spending time with his son, playing basketball, and playing video games.

Margaret Bauer

Margaret Bauer, M.A.

Maggie Bauer is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program with a minor in Health Psychology. She is interested in investigating under what circumstances avoidance coping confers risk for negative mental and physical health consequences as well as developing interventions that promote more adaptive forms of coping. Her current research examines the effects on self‐affirmation and emotional disclosure on psychological and physical adjustment to stress. Outside of school, Maggie makes sure to find time for yoga, running, and listening to podcasts.

Chloe Boyle

Chloe Boyle

Chloe is a graduate student in the Health Psychology program with a minor in Quantitative Psychology. Her research focuses on associations among reward responsiveness, inflammation, stress, and depression. She is interested in whether stress induces deficits in hedonic capacity through an inflammatory pathway, and whether this dysfunction precipitates the development of depression and other behavioral symptoms in breast cancer survivors. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and generally being outdoors.

Emma Bright

Emma Bright

Emma Bright is a second year graduate student in the health psychology program with a minor in quantitative psychology. Broadly, she is interested in how individuals cope with chronic illness. Her current research focuses on how psychosocial factors can impact health behaviors and health outcomes for people with chronic illnesses. Outside of school, Emma makes time to cook and spend time outdoors.

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris, M.A.

Lauren Harris, M.A. is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Health Psychology. Her research aims to identify risk and protective factors that influence psychological and physical health during the experience of profound stressors such as chronic illness and financial hardship. Lauren's dissertation research evaluates a comparative effectiveness trial of Project Connect Online, an Internet‐based psychosocial intervention to facilitate social support and emotional expression among women with metastatic breast cancer. Outside of school, Lauren enjoys running, cooking, and playing with her dog.

Kate Herts

Kate Herts, M.S. Ed., S.M.

Kate is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Health Psychology. She is primarily interested in studying psychological factors that may promote resilience in the context of chronic illness, including coping processes, social support and post‐traumatic growth. Her dissertation aims to facilitate understanding and promotion of medical transition readiness in adolescents and young adults with chronic illness.

Patty Moreno

Patricia I. Moreno, C.Phil.

Patty received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish‐Hispanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and M.A. in Psychology from UCLA in 2011. She is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Health Psychology. Her primary research interests are coping, emotion regulation, and ethnic minority status in the context of chronic illness as well as psychoneuroimmunology and pathways by which psychological factors influence pathological disease processes. Her dissertation aims to elucidate the function and biological correlates of emotional disclosure and positive affect in Latina and non‐Latina White women experiencing chronic financial stress. She is currently completing her clinical internship year at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina where she provides psychotherapeutic services for both cancer and chronic pain patients.

Timothy Williamson

Timothy Williamson, MPH, CHES, CPH

Timothy Williamson is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Health Psychology. In his research, Timothy examines the impact of chronic stress on psychological and physical health, particularly for isolated, stigmatized, and marginalized populations. His current work is focused on understanding how experiences of perceived stigma and discrimination relate to psychological well‐being, physical health, sleep behavior, physiological functioning, and neurological integrity among adults living with chronic diseases. In his spare time, Timothy can be found attending concerts in LA, hiking the canyons of Malibu, and baking delicious treats for his friends.

Postdocs and Staff

Alex Jorge

Alexandra Jorge, M.A.

Alex is a Research Associate in the Stanton Lab, and project manager for a study investigating women's experiences during the first year after a breast cancer diagnosis. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology from Pace University and her Master's degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Alex's professional interests include health disparities in cancer, participants' experience within the research process, and the role of technology in health research. In her spare time, Alex enjoys going to the beach with her dog Sunny and her partner in life, Colin.

Karin M. Stinesen Kollberg

Karin M. Stinesen Kollberg, Ph.D.

Karin M. Stinesen Kollberg from Sweden is a Post Doc with the Stanton lab since July 2015. She completed her Master's degree at UCLA School of Social Welfare. Parallel with clinical work with cancer patients, she completed her doctorate in Public Health at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research focuses on interpersonal aspects of cancer survivorship and relevant contributors to psychosocial well-being. Karin enjoys spending time with family and friends (in particular watching her husband cook and bake). She is a very physically active person and can be found biking from UCLA to Santa Monica on a daily basis and running on the beach on the weekend.

Brett Marroquin

Brett Marroquín, Ph.D.

Brett Marroquín is a postdoctoral fellow focusing on biobehavioral issues in physical and mental health. His research examines interpersonal influences on emotion regulation in healthy functioning and mood disorders, particularly in the context of close relationships and among patients and their partners coping with cancer. Brett received his B.A. from New York University in 2002, his M.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2008, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University in 2014. He completed his clinical internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Outside of the lab, Brett enjoys spinning, exploring Southern California, and craft beer.


5625 FH/A2-125 CHS
1-310-825-3105, 1-310-267-2835
Mailing Address
Annette L. Stanton, Ph.D.
UCLA Department of Psychology
1285 Franz Hall
Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563