Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

ChristianLisaAssociate Professor, Psychiatry
Courtesy Joint Faculty Appointment, College of Nursing
Courtesy Joint Faculty Appointment, Psychology
Courtesy Joint Faculty Appointment, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Wexner Medical Center
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-293-0936

Research Lab: Stress and Health in Pregnancy Research Program

Dr. Christian's CV

General Research: Dr. Christian is a clinical health psychologist and the principal investigator of the Stress and Health in Pregnancy Research Program. Her research program focuses on behavioral medicine in pregnancy, with an emphasis on effects of psychological stress on immune function. Across studies, common themes in her research are 1) depressive symptoms, 2) racial disparities, 3) maternal obesity/nutrition and 4) maternal sleep quality. Outcomes of interest include cardiovascular functioning, immune responses to acute stress, viral latency, inflammatory processes and antibody responses to influenza virus vaccine.

Research Techniques: Psychosocial and behavioral assessment, assessment of immune and cardiovascular functioning

Current Research Projects: Dr. Christian’s current project is examining effects of psychosocial stress and obesity on maternal antibody responses to influenza virus vaccine during pregnancy, maternal antibody maintenance over time and efficiency of antibody transfer from the mother to the neonate.

Dr. Christian's Publications: PubMed articles

Active Funding: March of Dimes, NIH

Education and Training:
2000 BS, University of Missouri
2000 BA, Psychology, BS Business Administration, University of Missouri
2004 MA, Psychology, The Ohio State University
2008 PhD, Clinical Health Psychology, The Ohio State University

2016 The 2016 Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society Robert Ader New Investigator Award
2011 Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research Research Fellow
2016 Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Neal Miller Young Investigator Award

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