Our faculty come from a wide range of training backgrounds, including developmental psychology, health psychology, social psychology, affective neuroscience, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, industrial/organizational psychology, and human factors psychology.

Core Faculty

Bryan Denny

Bryan Denny, Ph.D. (Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience/Health Psychology)
Assistant Professor

  • Health interests: emotion regulation, translational social cognitive and affective neuroscience, health neuroscience
  • Lab website

Chris Fagundes

Chris Fagundes, Ph.D.* (Health Psychology/Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience)

  • Health interests: psychoneuroimmunology, autonomic psychophysiology, health behaviors, biobehavioral interventions, health neuroscience
  • Lab website
  • Curriculum Vitae

Luz Garcini

Luz Garcini, Ph.D. (Health Psychology/Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience)
Assistant Professor (starting August 2022)

  • Health interests: health disparities, health behaviors, psychoneuroimmunology, biobehavioral interventions, widowhood, caregiving, community-engaged research, trauma and loss, immigrant health
  • Curriculum Vitae

* Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine Area Head/Primary Contact

Affiliate Faculty

Margaret Beier

Margaret Beier, Ph.D. (Industrial & Organizational Psychology)

  • Health interests: aging and occupational health
  • Lab website

Pat Delucia

Pat DeLucia, Ph.D. (Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction)
Associate Dean, School of Social Science, Professor of Psychological Sciences

Mikki Hebl

Mikki Hebl, Ph.D. (Industrial & Organizational Psychology)
Professor, Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology

  • Health interests: social health psychology, health disparities, discrimination in the workplace
  • Lab website

Eden King

Eden King, Ph.D. (Industrial & Organizational Psychology)
Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Psychology

  • Health interests: occupational health psychology, discrimination in the workplace and its impact on health, health disparities
  • Lab website

Stephanie Leal

Stephanie Leal, Ph.D. (Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience)
Assistant Professor

  • Health interests: aging, depression, stress & emotion impacts on cognition, translational neuroscience
  • Lab website

Randi Martin

Randi Martin, Ph.D. (Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience)
Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology

  • Health interests: repercussions of stroke on language
  • Lab website

Fred Oswald

Fred Oswald, Ph.D. (Industrial & Organizational Psychology)
Professor, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies

  • Health interests: quantitative methods (structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, meta analysis, psychometrics) and health outcomes
  • Lab website

Local Affiliates

Akane Sano, Ph.D. (Rice University; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Ashutosh Sabharwal, Ph.D. (Rice University; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Anthony Brandt, Ph.D. (Rice University; Shepherd School of Music)
Cobi Heijnen, Ph.D. (MD Anderson; Department of Symptom Research)
Robert Dantzer, Ph.D. (MD Anderson; Department of Symptom Research)
Annemieke Kavelaars, Ph.D. (MD Anderson; Department of Symptom Research)
Sean Savitz, MD (UT Health; Department of Neurology)
Chuck Green, Ph.D. (UT Health; Department of Pediatrics)
Christof Karmonik, Ph.D. (Houston Methodist Research Institute, Translational Imaging)
Mei Rui, DMA. (Houston Methodist Hospital, Center for Performing Arts Medicine)
Todd Frazier, M.A. (Houston Methodist Hospital, Center for Performing Arts Medicine)