Affective Neuroscience, Health Psychology, Lifespan Development, Psychoneuroimmunology
Working in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Fagundes uses theories and methods from social, developmental, and clinical psychology to examine how stress â€śgets under the skinâ€ť to impact diseases of older adulthood such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and cognitive decline. His theoretical work has focused on the adoption of attachment theory to understand physical health trajectories, particularly in relation to how attachment security can buffer the negative consequences of current and past life stressors. His work has focused on two developmental periods: older adulthood and adolescence. He has authored more than 80 articles and book chapters. The goal of his current funded work is to understand how attachment insecurity in the context of losing a spouse impacts inflammation, an immune marker that is prognostic for cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimerâ€™s disease. With a team of collaborators, he is also developing theoretically based interventions to improve the negative physical health consequences of stress. The National Institute of Health funds most of his work. He was named a â€śRising Starâ€ť by the Association of Psychological Science. He was the recipient of the Robert Ader New Investigator Award from the PsychoeuroImmunology Research Society, the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award by an Early Career Professional from Division 38 of the American Psychological Association.