Staff: Korrina Duffy, Ph.D.
Korrina Duffy, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Korrina Duffy, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award Postdoctoral Fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch of the Behavioral Research Program. In this role, she works at the intersection of neuroscience, psychoneuroendocrinology, social psychology, and cancer-risk behaviors. As part of her involvement in a think tank on how neuroscience could address cancer control at the population level, she is reviewing the literature to draw connections across studies and make a case for how early-life adversity may affect the brain in ways that predispose people to engage in cancer-risk behaviors. In conjunction with this project, she is also reviewing the literature on how neurostimulation could be used to decrease more intractable cancer-risk behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, and overeating. In another line of research, Dr. Duffy focuses on the social psychology and social neuroscience of cancer-risk behaviors. In one project, she is applying her expertise in behavioral mimicry to the social contagion of cancer-risk behaviors. In another project, she is exploring how the effect of social isolation on the brain may mediate cancer-risk behaviors.
Dr. Duffy earned her doctorate degree in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. Her dissertation research focused on the personality characteristics, physiological consequences, and neural mechanisms associated with behavioral mimicry. She earned her bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include Paige Green.
- Cancer-risk behaviors
- Early life adversity
- Brain development
- Social psychology
- Social neuroscience
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Duffy KA, Chartrand TL. The Extravert Advantage: How and When Extraverts Build Rapport With Other People. Psychol Sci 2015 Nov; 26(11):1795-802.
- Duffy KA, Chartrand TL. Mimicry: causes and consequences. Curr Opin Beh Sci 2015 3:112-116.
- Duffy KA, Harris LT, Chartrand TL, Stanton SJ. Women recovering from social rejection: The effect of the person and the situation on a hormonal mechanism of affiliation. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2017 Feb; 76:174-182.
- Duffy KA, Chartrand TL. From mimicry to morality: The role of prosociality. Moral Psychology: Virtue and Character (Volume 5) (MIT Press) 2017:439-64.
- Duffy KA, Chartrand TL. Reply to Goodwin and Nahmias. Moral Psychology: Virtue and Character (Volume 5) (MIT Press) 2017:489-96.