Working in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Fagundes uses theories and methods from social, developmental, and clinical psychology to understand how stress “gets under the skin” to impact diseases of older adulthood such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, fatigue, and cognitive decline (i.e. Alzheimer's disease & other forms of dementia). He is particularly interested in how those who experienced early life stress and/or are low socioeconomic status (SES) are disproportionally burdened by the negative physiological consequences of stress. He has authored more than 60 articles and chapters in journals such as JAMA Psychiatry, Health Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Developmental Psychology, Brain, Behavior & Immunity, and Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Currently, Dr. Fagundes has an NIH-funded R01 grant examining how relationship insecurity (or attachment insecurity) in the context of losing a spouse impacts inflammation, which is prognostic for cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. He is also adopting theoretically based interventions to improve the negative physical health consequences of bereavement.