Professional Bio

Degrees

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Norman Cousins Training Program in Psychoneuroimmunology, UCLA under the direction of Christine Dunkel Schetter & Mike Irwin, Los Angeles, CA
  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pre-candidate for Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Master of Arts, Experimental Psychology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts, Program in Social Ecology, Emphasis in Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, CA

Professional Credentials & Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • International Positive Psychology Association

 

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Occidental College
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Occidental College
  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research and Scholarship

Publications

  • Fredrickson, B. L., Mancuso, R. A., Branigan, C., & Tugade, M. M. (2000). The undoing effect of positive emotions. Motivation & Emotion, 24(4), 237-258.
  • Mancuso, R. A., Dunkel Schetter, C., Rini, C.M., Roesch, S., Woo, G., & Hobel, C.J. (2004). Maternal prenatal anxiety and corticotropin-releasing hormone associated with timing of deliver. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66(5), 762-769.
  • Parker-Dominguez, T., Dunkel Schetter, C., Mancuso, R., & Hobel, C. J. (2005). Psychosocial stress in African-American pregnancies: The role of stressors and stress responses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 29(1), 12-21.
  • Tugade, M. M., Fredrickson, B. L., & Mancuso, R. A. (in preparation). Cardiac vagal control in adults predicts cardiovascular recovery from sadness and anxiety.

Presentations

  • Mancuso, R. What happens when it’s over: PSTD and trauma-related syndromes, invited lecture at the Symposium for the Prevention of School Violence, Regis University, October 2011.
  • Mancuso, R. Biopsychosocial models of addiction, invited lecture in Addictive Behavior course, Regis University, March 2011.
  • Colombeau, S. & Mancuso, R. A., Psychophysiological markers of jealousy vs. anger, poster presented at the Occidental College Summer Research Program Annual Conference, August, 2008.
  • Maggi, M., Moriguchi, K., Basford, T., Tatum, K. & Mancuso, R.A. The Solheim Steps Project: Does exercise affect psychological well-being?, poster presented at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, November 2006 and the UCLA Undergraduate Conference in Psychology, May 2007.
  • Delgado, N., Macbride, K. & Mancuso, R.A. The effects of shame and anger on the cardiovascular system, poster presented at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, November 2006.
  • Mancuso, R. & Kemeny, M. Immunological effects of negative self-focused emotions, poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society conference, Denver, Colorado, March 2006.
  • Mancuso, R. & Kemeny, M. Can shame make you sick?: Immunological correlates of negative self-focused emotions. Invited colloquium at California State University, Long Beach, October, 2004.
  • Murray, C. & Mancuso, R.A. Psychophysiological responses to emotion, poster presented at the Occidental College Summer Research Program Annual Conference, July, 2004.
  • Mancuso, R. & Kemeny, M. Can Shame Make You Sick?: Immunological Correlates of Negative Self-focused Emotion, paper presented at American Psychological Society annual convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2004.
  • Mancuso, R., Dunkel Schetter, C., & Hobel, C. J. The Relation of Pregnancy-Specific Anxiety and Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone to Gestational Age. Invited colloquium at University of California, Irvine, April, 2003.
  • Mancuso, R., Dunkel Schetter, C., & Hobel, C. J. The Relation of Pregnancy-Specific Anxiety and Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone to Gestational Age, paper presented at the Women’s Health Conference, Washington, DC, February 2002.
  • Mancuso, R., Love, R., Dunkel-Schetter, C., Gupta, S., & Hobel, C. J. Neuroendocrine Processes in Early Pregnancy, poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine annual meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 2001.
  • Love, R., Gupta, S., Arora, C., Mancuso, R., Dunkel-Schetter, C., & Hobel, C. Neuroendocrine Changes in the First Trimester of Pregnancy are Associated with Pregnancy-Specific Anxiety and Preterm Birth, paper presented at theSociety for Gynecological Investigation conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2001.
  • Mancuso, R., Love, R., Dunkel-Schetter, C., Gupta, S., & Hobel, C. J. Anxiety and the Neuroendocrine System in Pregnancy: Factors that influence the timing of birth, poster presented at the UC Health Psychology conference, Lake Arrowhead, California, December 2000.
  • Mancuso, R. The Impact of Emotions on Health & Well-Being symposium. American Psychological Society convention, Miami, Florida, June 2000.
  • Mancuso, R. & Fredrickson, B. L .Anger Ideals & Psychological Well-Being, paper presented at American Psychological Society convention, Miami, Florida, June 2000.

Awards and Recognition

  • Nomination for The Donald R. Loftsgordon Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • Quality First Award for Continuous Quality Improvement, Consumer Participation, Research Findings and Education and Consumer Friendly Information given to Solheim Steps research project by Aging Services of California
  • Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

 

Grants

 

  • Psychology Dissertation/Thesis Grant, University of Michigan
  • Rackham Graduate School Pedagogy Award, University of Michigan