Aric A. Prather received his PhD (2010) in Clinical and Biological & Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his clinical training internship in behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Trained in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), Aric’s research focuses on psychological, behavioral, and physiologic correlates of immune function, with particular emphasis on restorative processes (e.g. sleep) that may buffer the deleterious effects of stress on health. For instance, his dissertation focused on whether natural variation in sleep parameters (e.g. sleep duration, efficiency, subjective quality) was associated with the magnitude of primary and secondary antibody responses to the hepatitis B vaccination series. While in the RWJ program, Aric plans to explore how larger social pressures (e.g. SES) shape biology and health behaviors across the life span to influence susceptibility to physical and mental illness in adulthood. When not working, he and his wife, Michelle, enjoy exploring their environment, including dining out at local restaurants, hiking/biking/walking around, and enjoying the cultural richness of the Bay Area.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
2010, PhD, Clinical and Biological & Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
2009-10, Clinical Psychology Internship (Track: Behavioral Medicine), Duke University Medical Center
2006, MS, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
2001, BA, Psychology, University of California-Berkeley
American Psychosomatic Society
Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society
American Psychological Association- Division 38 (Health Psychology)
Prather, A.A., Rabinovitz, M., Pollock, B.G., Lotrich, F.E. (2009)Cytokine-induced depression following IFN-α treatment: the role of IL-6 and sleep quality. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 23, 1109-1116.
Prather, A.A., Marsland, A.L., Hall, M., Neumann, S.A., Muldoon, M.F., Manuck, S.B. (2009) Normative variation in self-reported sleep quality and sleep debt is associated with stimulated pro-inflammatory cytokine production. Biological Psychology, 82, 12-17.
Prather, A.A., Carroll, J.E., Fury, J.M., McDade, K.K., Ross, D., Marsland, A.L. (2009) Gender differences in stimulated cytokine production following acute psychological stress. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 23, 622-628.
Prather, A.A., Marsland, A.L., Muldoon, M.F., Manuck, S.B. (2007). Positive affective style covaries with stimulated IL-6 and IL-10 production in a middle-aged community sample. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21, 1033-1037.
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