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Marci Lobel, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles (1989)
Professor, Social and Health Psychology

Dr. Marci Lobel will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.


Office: Psychology B-222

Phone: (631) 632-7651

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Research Interests:

Using social psychological theory to understand stress, coping, and health, particularly reproductive health.

Current Research:

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, 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): 

(*Current or Former Graduate Student,  **Undergraduate)

Preis, H., Mahaffey, B. L., Pati, S., Heiselman, C., & Lobel, M. (2021). Adverse perinatal outcomes predicted by prenatal maternal stress among U.S. women at the COVID-19 pandemic onset. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 55 (3), 179-191.

Colli, C., Penengo, C., Garzitto, M., Driul, L., Sala, A., Degano, M., Preis, H., Lobel, M., & Balestrieri, M. (2021). Prenatal stress and psychiatric symptoms during early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. International Journal of Women's Health, 13, 653-662.

Mahaffey, B. L., Levinson, A., Preis, H., & Lobel, M. (2021). Elevated risk for obsessive compulsive symptoms in women pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.

Garcia-Silva, J., Caracuel-Romero, A., Lozano-Ruiz, A., Alderdice, F., Lobel, M., Perra, O., & Caparros-Gonzalez, R. A. (2021). Pandemic-related pregnancy stress among pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain. In press, Midwifery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Medicine190, 133-140.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Stony Brook COVID-19 Pregnancy Experiences (SB-COPE) Study: Effects of Stress and Social Determinants of Health on Maternal Physical And Mental Health Morbidities During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Supplement for NIH Grants to Add or Expand Research Focused on Maternal Health, Structural Racism and Discrimination, and COVID-19 (funded by the NIH Office of the Director, Implementing a Maternal Health and Pregnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone [IMPROVE] Program), Co-Principal Investigator.