Center on Stress and Health

Janine Giese-Davis, Ph.D.

Janine Giese-Davis received her B.A. in English Literature and B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University and her M.A. and Ph.D.  in Clinical Psychology from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

She recently was a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine, Stanford University.  She created and directs The Emotion Coding Lab--Stanford.

Her research has focused on mind/body interactions that affect psychological, physiological, and survival outcomes for people with cancer.  She has specifically focused on women with breast cancer and particularly on emotion regulation and expression in group therapy and peer counseling interventions. Her research spans both basic and applied settings.

Dr. Giese-Davis created the Emotion Coding Lab--Stanford in 1996 in which we code emotional expression from videotape using the Specific Affect Coding System-Cancer (SPAFF for Breast Cancer), Specific Affect Coding-Text (SPAFF for Text), and facial coding using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS).  In addition, the lab has created coding schemes for and coded types of Topic discussions in support groups, Narratives (types of stories) in support groups, and Face, Body, Voice, and Content in a study of self-conscious emotions in breast cancer recovery. We have coded behavior for a broad array of research and industry projects.  Over 200 students have completed internships in this coding lab, most of them have gone on to graduate or medical school.

Her studies have included brain wave (ERP) and autonomic psychophysiology, endocrine, immune, metabolic function, and sleep measures.  She has also emphasized the importance of community/research collaborations throughout her career, working with The Wellness Community--National; The Cancer Support Community, San Francisco, CA; WomenCARE, Santa Cruz, CA; and the Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory-Stanford. 

Her work includes mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

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