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Dr. Brooke Jenkins

Assistant Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology
Office Location: Crean Hall 110 (501 W. Palm)
Office Hours: Fall Semester: W 1:15pm - 3:15 pm
Phone: (714) 516-5884
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons


Brooke Jenkins’ research program focuses on the intersection of stress, emotion, and health. She investigates how individual differences in emotion and emotion regulation affect health outcomes related to stress. She examines these processes across several different stress contexts in diverse populations, including children, adults with chronic illnesses, and individuals of minority backgrounds. Her work focuses on physiological and behavioral health outcomes such as recovery from surgery, pain, autonomic nervous system activity, sleep, and dietary adherence. Working both in the lab and natural environments, she uses a multi-method, theoretically-driven approach to solve health problems related to stress by applying rigorous study designs and advanced data analytic techniques, including multilevel modeling, spline growth curve modeling, survival analysis, and nonlinear methods. A unique aspect of her work is the development of methods to accurately measure the emotion and health outcomes that emerge during the stress process.  

Brooke has received the National Research Service Award through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as well as several other awards for her work. She has published several peer reviewed papers in her field of health psychology. She has also collaborated with physicians, nurses, and other health care providers at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County to conduct her research. 


Courses Taught

Elementary Statistics


Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Pressman, S. D., Jenkins, B. N., Kraft, T. L., Rasmussen, H., & Scheier, M. (in press). The whole is not the sum of its parts: Specific types of positive affect influence sleep differentially. Emotion.


Jenkins, B. N., Rook, K. S., Borges-Garcia, R., Franks, M. M., & Stephens, M. A. P. (2016). Too much of a good thing? Overexertion of self-control and dietary adherence in patients with diabetes. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 648-659.


Min, C. B., Kain, Z. N., Stevenson, R. S., Jenkins, B. N., & Fortier, M. A. (2016). A randomized trial examining preoperative sedative medication and post-operative sleep in children. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 30, 15-20.


Brown, R., Fortier, M. A., Zolghadr, S., Gulur, P., Jenkins, B. N., & Kain, Z., (2016). Postoperative pain management in children of Hispanic origin: A descriptive cohort study. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 122, 497-502.


Jenkins, B. N., Kain, Z. K., Kaplan, S. H., Stevenson, R. S., Mayes, L. C., Guadarrama, J., & Fortier, M. A. (2015). Revisiting a measure of child postoperative recovery: Development of the Post Hospitalization Behavior Questionnaire for Ambulatory Surgery (PHBQ-AS). Pediatric Anesthesia, 25, 738-745.


Jenkins, B. N., Vincent, N., & Fortier, M. A. (2015). Differences in referral and use of complementary and alternative medicine between pediatric providers and patients. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 23, 462-468.

Frederick, D. A., & Jenkins, B. N. (2015). Height and body mass on the mating market: Associations with number of sex partners and extra-pair sex among heterosexual men and women aged 18-65. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 1474704915604563.


Jenkins, B. N., Fortier, M. A., Kaplan, S. H., Mayes, L. C., & Kain, Z. N. (2014). Development of a short version of the Modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 119, 643-650.


Jenkins, B. N., & Fortier, M. A. (2014). Developmental and cultural perspectives on children's postoperative pain management at home. Pain Management, 4, 407-412.


Jenkins (Gentle), B. N., Pillsworth, E. G., & Goetz, A. T. (2014). Changes in sleep time and sleep quality across the ovulatory cycle as a function of fertility and partner attractiveness. PloS One, 9, e92796.