Marci Lobel, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles (1989) Professor, Social and Health Psychology
Dr. Lobel plans to admit a new graduate student pending approval of funding.
Using social psychological theory to understand stress, coping, and health, particularly reproductive health.
Because pregnancy entails life changes which affect the emotions, behaviors, and physical condition of pregnant women, it represents a rich arena for the study of stress, coping, and their effects. Much of my research has focused on prenatal maternal stress (PNMS) and its impact on birth outcomes (such as birthweight and gestational age at delivery). Through the Stress and Reproduction (STAR) Lab that I direct (see http://you.stonybrook.edu/lobellab/), my collaborators, graduate students, and I are examining factors that exacerbate or attenuate the impact of PNMS on birth outcomes, including health behaviors, coping, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or race, and optimism.
Recent Publications (selected):
(*Graduate Student, **Undergraduate)
Preis, H., Mahaffey, B., Heiselman, C., & Lobel, M. (2020). Vulnerability and resilience to pandemic-related stress among U.S. women pregnant at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Science & Medicine, 266 (113348), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113348
Rosenthal, L.* & Lobel, M. (2020). Gendered racism and the sexual and reproductive health of Black and Latina women. Ethnicity and Health, 25 (3), 367-392. https://10.1080/13557858.2018.1439896
Preis, H., Mahaffey, B., Heiselman, C., & Lobel, M. (2020). Pandemic-related pregnancy stress and anxiety among women pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM, 2(4), SE1-3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajogmf.2020.100155
Preis, H., Inman, E.,* & Lobel, M. (2020). Contributions of psychology to research, treatment, and care of pregnant women with Opioid Use Disorder. American Psychologist, 75 (6), 853-865. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000675
Ibrahim, S.* & Lobel, M. (2020). Conceptualization, measurement, and effects of pregnancy-specific stress: Review of research using the original and revised Prenatal Distress Questionnaire. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 16-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-019-00068-7
Preis, H., Garry, D., Herrera, K., Garretto, D. J., & Lobel, M. (2020). Improving assessment, treatment, and understanding of pregnant women with opioid use disorder: The importance of life context. Women’s Reproductive Health, 7 (3), 153-163. https://doi.org/10.1080/23293691.2020.1780395
Pastore, L., Rubin, L. R., Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J.*, Stelling, J., & Lobel, M. (2020). Initial psychometric analysis of novel instruments to assess decisional distress and decisional uncertainty in women who have considered using preimplantation genetic testing. Prenatal Diagnosis, 40 (10), 1220-1227. https://doi.org/10.1002/pd.5730
Preis, H., Mahaffey, B., & Lobel, M. (2020). Psychometric properties of the Pandemic-Related Pregnancy Stress Scale (PREPS). Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 41 (3), 191-197. https://doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2020.1801625
Preis, H., Garry, D., Herrera, K., Garretto, D. J., & Lobel, M. (2020). Contextualizing life context: Discrimination, structural competency, and evaluation in the treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Women’s Reproductive Health, 7 (3), 185-189. https://doi.org/10.1080/23293691.2020.1780394
Mahaffey, B. L. & Lobel, M. (2019). Mental health and emotional distress during pregnancy. In T. A. Revenson & R. A. R. Gurung (Eds.), Handbook of Health Psychology (pp. 450-461). NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Ibrahim, S.*, Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J.*, Auerbach, M.*, Rosenthal, L., Kocis, C., Busso, C.**, & Lobel, M. (2019). Pregnancy-specific coping and changes in emotional distress from mid- to late pregnancy. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 37(4), 397-412 . https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2019.1578871
Caparros-Gonzalez, R. A.*, Perra, O., Alderdice, F., Lynn, F., Lobel, M., García-García, I., & Peralta-Ramírez, M. I. (2019). Psychometric validation of the Prenatal Distress Questionnaire (PDQ) in pregnant women in Spain. Women & Health 59 (8), 937-952. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2019.1584143
Alderdice, F., Henderson, J., Opondo, C., Lobel, M., Quigley, M., & Redshaw, M. (2019). Psychosocial factors that mediate the association between mode of delivery and maternal postnatal adjustment: findings from a population-based survey. BMC Women’s Health, 19:42, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-019-0738-x
Preis, H.*, Lobel, M., & Benyamini, Y. (2019). Between expectancy and experience: Testing a model of childbirth satisfaction. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43 (1), 105-117. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684318779537
Pastore, L., Cordeiro Mitchell, C. N., Rubin, L. R., Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J.*, Genoff Garzon, M. C.*, & Lobel, M. (2019). Patients’ preimplantation genetic testing decision-making experience: an opinion on related psychological frameworks. Human Reproduction Open, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1093/hropen/hoz019
NicoloroSantaBarbara, J.*, Busso, C.*, Moyer, A., & Lobel, M. (2018). Just relax and you’ll get pregnant? Meta-Analysis examining women's emotional distress and the outcome of assisted reproductive technology. Social Science and Medicine, 213, 54-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.033
Cizmeli, C.*, Lobel, M., Saftlas, A., & Harland, K. (2018). Stability and change in types of intimate partner violence across pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and the postpartum period. Women’s Reproductive Health, 5 (3), 153-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/23293691.2018.1490084
Yusufov, M.**, Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J.*, Grey, N. E.*, Moyer, A., & Lobel, M. (2018). Students in distress: Meta-analytic evaluation of stress reduction interventions for undergraduate and graduate students. International Journal of Stress Management. http://doi.org/10.1037/str0000099
Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J.*, Rosenthal, L.*, Auerbach, M.*, Kocis, C., Busso, C.**, & Lobel, M. (2017.) Patient-provider communication predicts lower distress and better self-care in pregnancy. Social Science and Medicine, 190, 133-140 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.08.011
van Willenswaard, K. C.,* Lynn, F., McNeill, J., McQueen, K., Dennis, C-L., Lobel, M., & Alderdice, F. (2017). A systematic review and meta-analysis of music interventions to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnancy. BMC Psychiatry, 17:271. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-017-1432-x
Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J.*, Lobel, M., & Bocca, S., Stelling, J., & Pastore, L. M. (2017). Psychological and emotional concomitants of infertility diagnosis in women with diminished ovarian reserve or anatomical cause of infertility. Fertility and Sterility, 108 (1), 161-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2017.05.008
Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J.*, Lobel, M., & Wolfe, D. (2017). Psychosocial impact of mast cell disorders: Pilot investigation of a rare and understudied disorder. Journal of Health Psychology, 22 (10), 1277-1288. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1359105315626784
Auerbach, M.*, Nicoloro, J.*, Rosenthal, L.*, Kocis, C., Weglarz, E.**, Busso, C.**, & Lobel, M. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Prenatal Health Behavior Scale in mid- and late pregnancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 38 (2), 143-151. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28376698
Rosenthal, L.* & Lobel, M. (2016). Stereotypes of Black American women related to sexuality and motherhood. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(3), 414-427. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0361684315627459
Hamilton, J. G.* & Lobel, M. (2015). Psychosocial factors associated with risk perceptions for chronic diseases in younger and middle-aged women. Women & Health, 55 (8), 921-942. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26110993
Woods-Giscombé*, C. L., Lobel, M., Zimmer, C., Wiley Cené, C., & Corbie-Smith, G. (2015). Whose stress is making me sick? Network stress and emotional distress in African American women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36 (9), 710-717. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2015.1011759
Recent Research Support (selected):
“The COPE Study (COVID-19 Pregnancy Experiences) -- Experiences of Women Pregnant During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Associated Health Impacts,” Office of the Vice President for Research and The Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine COVID-19 Seed Grant, Stony Brook University. Co-Principal Investigator.
“Evaluating a Novel Brief Screening Instrument for Biopsychosocial Vulnerabilities Among Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder,” NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse. Co-Principal Investigator.
“Harnessing Machine Learning to Assess Risk for Adverse Health Outcomes Among Pregnant Women” SUNY Research Seed Grant. Principal Investigator.
“Testing a Multivariate Model of the Childbirth Experience,” United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Host Scientist.
“An Internet-Delivered Mind-Body Program for Reducing Prenatal Maternal Stress,” National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Primary Mentor.
“The COVID-19 Pregnancy Experiences (COPE) Study: A prospective program of research on pandemic stress, perinatal stress, interconception stress, and their impacts on women and children,” NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Co-Investigator. Submitted.