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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation

Katie Alegria

My general research interests are health behaviors and interventions, health communication, health disparities, and the biopsychosocial processes associated with health-related risk factors and outcomes. I am also interested in stress coping and the intersection between stress response, cognition, and health.

My current research projects include investigating: diet, body image, and quality of life in individuals with Cushing’s Syndrome; dietary behavior and diet-related health inequities across Latinx populations; relationships between fruit and vegetable intake and psychological well-being; applying the Common-Sense Model of Self-Regulation to understand how risk representations relate to health behavior; and barriers and hesitancy surrounding vaccination.

Education

  • 2017 – Present University of California, Merced
    • Ph.D. Student, Psychological Sciences
    • Concentration: Health Psychology
    • Advisor: Linda D. Cameron, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)
  • 2015 - 2017 California State University, Northridge
    • M.A., General Experimental Psychology
    • Master’s Thesis: Does Nature Make Us Smarter: Testing the Impact of Technological Nature on Cognition.
    • Research Lab: Learning and Memory
    • Thesis Chair: Erica L. Wohldmann, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)
  • 2010 - 2014 California State University, Monterey Bay
    • BA: Psychology
    • Senior Thesis: College Students’ Attitudes toward Feminism
    • Thesis Advisor: Mrinal Sinha, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2021 University of California, Merced Certificate in Quantitative Methods
  • 2020 Psychological Sciences Research Dissemination Award
  • 2020 William R. Shaddish Award for Leadership and Service
  • 2019 Society of Behavioral Medicine Meritorious Abstract Award
  • 2017-2018 California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar
  • 2016-2017 California State University, Northridge Graduate Equity Program Fellow
Advisor: 
Dr. Jitske Tiemensma
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