Dr. Brooke Jenkins

Dr. Brooke Jenkins

Assistant Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology
Office Location: Crean Hall 110
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: (714) 516-5884
California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Fullerton, Master of Arts
Chapman University, Master of Science
University of California, Irvine, Master of Arts
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.


Dr. Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Health Psychology at Chapman University and a Principal Investigator at the University of California, Irvine Center on Stress & Health. Her research program is at the intersection of emotion, stress, and health with an emphasis on the role of positive emotion. Her work demonstrates how positive emotion produces favorable health advantages particularly through the mediators of physiological functioning (e.g., autonomic nervous system activity, antibody response) and health behaviors (e.g., sleep, medication usage). Her programmatic line of research further extends this literature to examine the dynamics of emotions over time and the significant moderating and contextual role that stress plays in the emotion-health link. She tests causal pathways by designing and implementing emotion regulation interventions. She investigates a variety of health outcomes (pain, asthma symptoms, surgical recovery) across several different stress contexts in diverse populations (children with cancer, with asthma, or recovering from surgery; adults with chronic illness). Working both in the lab and natural environments, such as the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, she uses a multi-method, theoretically driven approach to solve health problems by applying rigorous study designs and advanced data analytic techniques, including multilevel modeling, spline growth curve modeling, structural equation modeling, survival analysis, and nonlinear methods. A unique aspect of her work is the development of scales and methods to accurately measure health-relevant outcomes and the dynamic aspects of emotion.


Courses Taught

Child Development (PSY 323) Advanced Research Design (PSY 304)

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Acosta, E., Agbayani, C. G., Jenkins, B. N., Cortes, H. G., Kain, Z. N., & Fortier, M. A. (2022). The impact of primary language spoken on the pain experience of children with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 44(4), 135-141.
Venkatesh, H., *Osorno, A., Boehm, J., & Jenkins B. N. (2022). Resilience factors during the Coronavirus pandemic: Testing the main effect and stress buffering models of optimism and positive affect with mental and physical health. Journal of Health Psychology, 13591053221120340.
Phan M., Tomaszewski, D. M., Arbuckle, C., Yang, S., Jenkins, B. N., Fortier, M. A., Heyming, T., Linstead, E., Donaldson, C. D., & Kain, Z. N. (2022). Evaluating the 0-10 point pain scale on adolescent opioid use in US emergency departments. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(1), 38.
Wulsin, L., Sagui-Henson, S. J., Roos, L. G., Wang, D., Jenkins, B. N., Cohen, B. E., Shah, A. J., & Slavich, J. M. (2022). Stress measurement in primary care: Conceptual issues, barriers, resources, and recommendations for study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 84(3), 267-275.
Martin, S. R., Heyming T. W., Fortier M. A., Jenkins, B. N., Ahn, K., Cappon, J. P. Kain, Z. N. (2022). Do Pediatrician interpersonal and personality characteristics affect patient experience?. Academic Pediatrics.
Janicke-Bowles, S.H., Jenkins, B. N., O’Neil, B., Thomason, L, Psomas, E. (2022). Other-focus versus self-focus: The power of self-transcendent TV shows. Psychology of Popular Media.
Donaldson, C. D., Kain, Z., Ehwerhemuepha, L., Fortier, M. A., Phan, M., Tomaszewski, D., Yang, S., Feaster, W., & Jenkins, B. N. (2021). Anxiety and mood disorders impacting physician opioid prescribing in the pediatric hospital setting. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 1-14.
Alex, K., Fortier, M. A., Donaldson, C. D., Tomaszewski, D., Phan, M. T., & Jenkins, B. N. (2021). Parental psychosocial factors moderate opioid administration following children’s surgery. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 132, 1710-1719.
Alex, K., Mueller, C., Golianu, B. J., Jenkins, B. N., & Fortier, M. A. (2021). Response to: Mindset over matter: Is parental health mindset an appropriate target for intervention?. Pediatric Anesthesia, 31(9), 1015-1016.
Alex, K., Mueller, C., Golianu, B. J., Jenkins, B. N., & Fortier, M. A. (2021). The impact of parental health mindset on postoperative recovery in children. Pediatric Anesthesia, 31(3), 298-308.
Robinette, J., Bostean, G., Glynn, L. Douglass, J., Jenkins, B. N., Gruenewald, T., & Frederick, D. A. (2021). Perceived neighborhood cohesion buffers COVID-19 impacts on mental health in a United States sample. Social Science & Medicine, 285, 114269.
Phan, M. T., Tomaszewski, D. M., Arbuckle, C., Yang, S., Donaldson, C. D., Fortier, M. A., Jenkins, B. N., Linstead, E., & Kain, Z. N. (2021). Racial and ethnic disparities in opioid use for adolescents at US emergency departments. BMC Pediatrics, 21, 1-10.
Donaldson, C. D., Heyming, T. W., Ehwerhemuepha, L., Jenkins, B. N., Fortier, M. A., Feaster, W., & Kain, Z. N. (2021). A multivariable model of parent satisfaction, pain, and opioid administration in a pediatric emergency department. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 22(5), 1167.
Jenkins, B. N., Moskowitz J., Halterman, J., & Kain, Z. N. (2021). Applying theoretical models of positive emotion to improve pediatric asthma: A positive psychology approach. Pediatric Pulmonology, 56(10), 3142-3147.
Jenkins, B. N., Cross, M. P., Donaldson, C., Pressman, S. D., Fortier, M. A., Kain, Z. N., Cohen, S., Martin, L. & Farkas, G. (2021). The Subcomponents of Affect Scale (SAS): Validating a widely used affect scale. Psychology & Health, 1-19.
Jenkins, B. N., Hunter, J. F., Richardson, M. J., Conner, T.S., & Pressman, S. D. (2020). Affect variability and predictability: Using recurrence quantification analysis to better understand how the dynamics of affect relate to health. Emotion, 20, 391-402.
Fortier, M. A., Yang, S., Tomaszewski, D., Phan, M., Jenkins, B. N., & Kain, Z. N. (2020). Children’s cancer pain in a world of the opioid epidemic: Challenges and opportunities. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 67, e28124.
Lao, B. K., Kain, Z. N., Khoury, D., Jenkins, B. N., Prager, J., Stevenson, R. S., Golianu, B., Zuk, J., Gold, J. I., Zhong, Q., & Fortier, M. A. (2020). A comprehensive examination of the immediate recovery of children following tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 135, 110106.
Phan, M. T., Wong, C., Tomaszewski, D. M., Kain, Z. N., Jenkins, B. N., Donaldson, C., Fortier, M, & Yan, S. (2020). Evaluating opioid dispensing rates among pediatrics and young adults based on CURES data reporting in California from 2015-2019. Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice, 64, 38-47.
Hunter, J. F., Acevedo, A. M., Gago-Masague, S., Kain, A., Yun, C., Torno, L., Jenkins, B. N., & Fortier M. A. (2020). A pilot study of the preliminary efficacy of Pain Buddy: A novel intervention for the management of children’s cancer-related pain. Pediatric Blood Cancer, 67, e28278.
Acevedo, A. M., Leger, K., Jenkins, B. N., & Pressman, S. D. (2020). Keep calm or get excited? Examining the effects of different types of positive affect on responses to acute pain. Journal of Positive Psychology, 1-10.
Becerra, M., Wong, E., Jenkins, B. N., & Pressman, S. D. (2020). Does a good advisor a day keep the doctor away? How advisor-advisee relationships are associated with psychological and physical well-being among graduate students. International Journal of Community Well-Being, 1-20.
Donaldson, C. D., Jenkins, B. N., Fortier, M. A., Phan, M. T., Tomaszewski, D. M., Yang, S., & Kain, Z. N. (2020). Parent responses to pediatric pain: The differential effects of ethnicity on opioid consumption. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 138, 110251.
Ehwerhemuepha, L., Donaldson, C. D., Kain, Z., N., Luong, V., Fortier, M. A., Feaster, W., Weiss, M., Tomaszewski, D. M., Yang, S., Phan, M. T., & Jenkins, B. N. (2020). Race, ethnicity, and insurance: The association with opioid use in a pediatric hospital setting. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-10.
Makhlouf, M, Garibay, E., Jenkins, B. N., Kain, Z. N., & Fortier, M. A. (2019). Postoperative pain: Factors and tools to improve pain management in children. Pain Management, 9, 389-397.
Pressman, S. D., Jenkins, B. N., & Moskowitz, J. (2019). Positive affect and health: What do we know and where next should we go? Annual Review of Psychology, 70, 627-650.
Jenkins, B. N., Fortier, M. A., Stevenson, R., Makhlouf, M., Lim, P., Converse, R., & Kain, Z. N. (2019). Changing healthcare provider and parent behaviors in the pediatric post-anesthesia-care-unit to reduce child pain: Nurse and Parent Training in Postoperative Stress (NP-TIPS). Pediatric Anesthesia, 29, 730-737.
Kaminsky, O., Fortier, M. A., Jenkins, B. N., Stevenson, R. S., Gold, J. I., Zuk, J., Golianu, B., Kaplan, S. H., & Kain, Z. N. (2019). Children and their parents’ assessment of postoperative surgical pain: Agree or disagree?. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 123, 84-92.
Jenkins, B. N., Roemer, R., Martinez, A., Torres, T. & Fortier, M. A. (2018). Cold pressor pain response in children with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 40, 368-373.
Jenkins, B. N., Granger, D. A., Roemer, R., Martinez, A., Torres, T., & Fortier, M. A. (2018). Emotion regulation and positive affect in the context of salivary alpha amylase response to pain in children with cancer. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 65, e26973.
Jenkins, B. N., Hunter, J. F., Cross, M. P., Acevedo, A. M., & Pressman, S. D. (2018). When is affect variability bad for health? The association between affect variability and immune response to the influenza vaccination. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 104, 41-47.
Shaffer, J. S., Jenkins, B. N., Fortier, M. A., Stevenson, R. S., Hikita, N., Zuk, J., Gold, J. I., Golianu, B., Kaplan, S. H., Mayes, L., & Kain, Z. N. (2018). Parental satisfaction of child’s perioperative care. Pediatric Anesthesia, 28, 955-962.
Pressman, S. D., Jenkins, B. N., Kraft, T. L., Rasmussen, H., & Scheier, M. (2017). The whole is not the sum of its parts: Specific types of positive affect influence sleep differentially. Emotion, 17, 778-793.