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Examining the Relations between Stress and Adversity with Aging Biomarkers and Cardiometabolic Health in Black and White Women

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Meital Mashash, PhD


Meital Mashash, PhD, is a TRIM postdoctoral research fellow at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health. Her research focuses on the biopsychosocial mechanisms by which stress impacts mental and physical health over the lifespan. She aims to scrutinize individual differences in these pathways and to identify risk and resilience factors that could inform targeted prevention and intervention programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of at-risk individuals. 

Meital earned her PhD in Human Development from the University of California, Davis, where she studied the biobehavioral mechanisms by which psychological, familial, and social factors influence child behavioral and physiological development. In her postdoctoral research, Meital examines the long-term effects of childhood adversity on biomarkers of health and aging in a cohort of Black and White midlife women. She is particularly interested in exploring the unique impact that different dimensions of early life adversity may have on health biomarkers in these two racial groups, with the hope that findings from this project will help advance our understanding of sources and mechanisms contributing to health disparities.  

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The Osher Center for Integrative Health hosts monthly research seminars that are open to the research and clinical community at large. Seminars are held from September to June and are currently online only. Presentations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness and integrative health intervention efficacy and implementation, social justice, and health equity, and neural correlates of mindfulness practice.  

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