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Center on Stress and Health


Bita Nouriani, M.S.
Project Director

Bita Nouriani received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology, San Jose State University, 1996; and her B.A. in Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State, 1983. She received computer programming and operations certification in 1995; & became a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, 1990. Under Dr. Spiegel's supervision she has received training in conducting supportive expressive group therapy, as well as assessment of hypnotizability and inducing trance states.  She received her clinical license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2002.

Bita Nouriani has worked with Dr. Spiegel since 1991.  She has collaborated with Dr. Spiegel in  design and implementation of the psychophysiological research laboratory and has managed the following projects: Effects of Hypnosis on Mind Body interactions (visual, auditory, and somatosensory evoked potentials; and hormones); Effects of Psychosocial Treatment on Quality of Sleep (women with metastatic breast cancer); and Semi-Structured Interview of Goal Reappraisal (women with metastatic breast cancer).  From 2001 through 2011, she has been the Project Director of the following research studies: Stress, the HPA, and Health in Aging, Project 1: Stress, Diurnal Cortisol, and Breast Cancer Survival; and Sleep, Circadian, Hormonal Dysregulation, and Breast Cancer Survival.

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