Associate 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
General Research: Dr. Christian is a clinical health psychologist and the principal investigator of the Stress, Behavioral Immunology, and Health Disparities Lab. 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.
Active Funding: NIH
Education and Training:
MA: Psychology, The Ohio State University
PhD: Clinical Health Psychology, The Ohio State University
2016 The 2016 Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society Robert Ader New Investigator Award
2016 Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Neal Miller Young Investigator Award