Staff: Amanda M. Acevedo, Ph.D.
Amanda M. Acevedo, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Training Award
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)
- Latino Health
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Acevedo AM, Herrera C, Shenhav S, Yim IS, Campos B. Measurement of a Latino cultural value: The Simpatía scale. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol 2020 Oct; 26(4):419-425.
- Acevedo AM, Leger KA, Jenkins BN, Pressman SD. Keep calm or get excited? Examining the effects of different types of positive affect on responses to acute pain. J Posit Psychol .
- Urban EJ, Cochran KJ, Acevedo AM, Cross MP, Pressman SD, Loftus EF. Misremembering pain: A memory blindness approach to adding a better end. Mem Cognit 2019 Jul; 47(5):954-967.
- Yim IS, Corona K, Garcia ER, Acevedo AM, Campos B. Perceived stress and cortisol reactivity among immigrants to the United States: The importance of bicultural identity integration. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2019 Sep; 107:201-207.
- Jenkins BN, Hunter JF, Cross MP, Acevedo AM, Pressman SD. When is affect variability bad for health? The association between affect variability and immune response to the influenza vaccination. J Psychosom Res 2018 Jan; 104:41-47.