Center on Stress and Health

Arianna Aldridge Gerry, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Clinical Focus
Behavioral Medicine

Honors and Awards
NRSA Pre-doctoral fellowship award (F31HD056623) (2007-1010)              
Dorathe L. Frick Memorial Award, UCSD/SDSU JDP in Clinical Psychology (2008)
“In recognition of significant contributions made to the Doctoral Training Facility and the Doctoral Program by a third year doctoral student.”          
B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Santa Clara University (2003)
Wilheim Wundt Award, Santa Clara University (2003)
“Outstanding performance in scholarship, psychological research and service.”

Professional Education

Fellowship: Stanford University, T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2011)
Internship: VA Palo Alto Health Care System – Behavioral Medicine (2011)
Ph.D.: University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program (UCSD/SDSU JDP) in Clinical Psychology – (2011)
M.S.: San Diego State University, Clinical Psychology (2008)
M.P.H.: San Diego State University, Health Behavior (2010)
B.S.: Santa Clara University, Psychology (2003)

Stanford Advisors
David Spiegel, M.D.         Postdoctoral Research Mentor

Current Research Interests

Dr. Gerry is a Postdoctoral Fellow collaborating with Dr. Spiegel on his Sleep, Circadian Hormonal Dysregulation, and Breast Cancer Survival study, and on a study involving self-hypnosis training for children undergoing an invasive medical procedure.

Dr Gerry’s current research interests are concerned with the role of sleep, stress, coping, and health in chronic illness.  She is particularly interested in examining how sleep disturbance, psychosocial stress, diurnal stress hormone functioning, and coping are related to mental health, immune function, and survival in women with breast cancer.  Dr. Gerry is also interested in the role of physical activity and sleep disturbance in stress hormone and immune functioning.  In addition, she is interested in the role of mindfulness, hypnosis, and relaxation as interventions to reduce pain and anxiety associated with invasive medical procedures.  She is ultimately interested in exploring interventions for fatigue, pain, and sleep disorders in oncology, specifically related to breast cancer. 

Other areas of interest include reducing disparities in cancer screening behavior among women, dissemination of interventions for adults with chronic illness in urban and rural communities, and validation of psychosocial measures among ethnic minority populations.  Dr. Gerry’s dissertation “Breast cancer screening disparities among ethnically diverse women in California: A latent profile analysis” explored health, stress, and demographic factors to identify screening profiles that distinctly influence mammogram screening.


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