Jennifer Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, PhD

Jennifer Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, PhD

Brigham & Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School

Jennifer received her Ph.D. in social and health psychology from Stony Brook University. She completed a NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. She is currently an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Investigator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  

She has a strong background in foundational theories of social and health psychology, which has allowed her to develop a deep understanding of psychosocial predictors of depression, anxiety, and stress. Using recent models of psychopathology, she now seeks to understand the biological pathways, centered on inflammation, that underlie depression and its key components. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of the mast cell in inflammation-induced depression and is currently engaged in data collection in patients with mastocytosis.