Postdoctoral Scholars

jchiangJessica Chiang, Ph.D.
Jessica’s research broadly centers on how social experiences during youth development confer early risk for poor health later in life. She is particularly interested in the connection between stressful experiences within the family context and immune functioning, and the underlying biobehavioral and psychosocial pathways. Jessica earned her Ph.D in Health Psychology from UCLA and her B.A. from Smith College.




Eric Finegood, Ph.D.
Eric joined the lab as a post-doc in 2018. His research focuses on understanding the psychobiological mechanisms through which early-life adversities such as poverty and violence exposure influence health and cognitive development in youth. Eric earned his PhD in Developmental Psychology from New York University in 2018 and his BA from University of Michigan in 2010.


Alexa Freedman, Ph.D.
Alexa joined the lab as a post-doc in July 2018. Her research focuses on how maternal exposures, including psychological stress, affect fetal development and birth outcomes. She is particularly interested in the underlying biological mechanisms, including alterations in placental development and function. Alexa earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 2018 and her B.A. from the University of Rochester in 2013.


Beatriz O. Reyes, Ph.D.
Beatriz joined the lab as a post-doc in September 2016 after earning her Dr.PH in Health Policy and Social Justice from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Her research interests include chronic disease prevention, translation research, health disparities, and community-based participatory research. Beatriz earned her BS in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and her MPH in Health Behavior from East Carolina University in 2011.