Staff: Amanda Acevedo, Ph.D.

Amanda Acevedo

Amanda Acevedo, Ph.D.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award
Organization: Contact:
amanda.acevedo@nih.gov
240-276-5896

Amanda M. Acevedo, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB) with a secondary appointment in the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) of the Behavioral Research Program.

Dr. Acevedo's research focuses on sociocultural factors that influence biobehavioral responses to stress. Dr. Acevedo is facilitating the selection of biospecimens for the Food, Activity, and Couples Health Survey and is interested in examining how biospecimens are currently being used in BRP grants.

She also wants to pursue research examining how social factors (e.g., relationships, discrimination, culture) impact health behaviors and biomarkers of stress and health, particularly in Latino samples. Topics of interest include how culture influences emotion and emotional expressions, Latino health, health inequities, and stress.

Dr. Acevedo received her bachelor's degree from Alverno College, a women's liberal arts college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (where she grew up). She completed an NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Experience Program at the University of New Mexico before moving to the University of California, Irvine for graduate school. There, she earned a Ph.D. in Health Psychology with a Quantitative Methods minor under the mentorship of Sarah Pressman and Belinda Campos. For her dissertation, Dr. Acevedo examined simpatía (a Latino cultural value in expressed and shared positive emotionality and avoidance of expressions of negative emotion in the service of smooth social interactions) in the context of experimentally-induced pain. Her dissertation work was supported by the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.


Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Rebecca Ferrer and Tanya Agurs-Collins.


Research Areas

  • Psychophysiology
  • Emotion
  • Pain
  • Culture
  • Latino Health

Selected Publications and Presentations