Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook is an assistant professor in Psychology at Chapman University. She completed her PhD at Queen's University Belfast in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow in Health Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Hahn-Holbrook is the director of the Biology of Parenting lab, housed in Chapman University's Early Human and Lifespan Development Research Center. Dr. Hahn-Holbrook's research broadly explores the interplay between the psychological and biological processes that shape maternal mental and physical health. Using interdisciplinary frameworks from evolutionary, biological, and health psychology, her research has three primary domains of focus: (1) the psychological impacts of biological changes surrounding pregnancy and breastfeeding, (2) the role of stress and maternal resources in both bolstering or undermining maternal behaviors and health, and (3) the evolutionary origins of maternal behaviors and mental health disorders. She recently published the "Mismatch Theory of Postpartum Depression" in Current Directions in Psychological Science, linking evolutionarily novel environmental factors like early weaning, vitamin D deficiencies, and isolation from kin support networks to the high rates of postpartum depression seen today. Her work has been published in top academic journals (Annual Reviews of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Science, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews) and been featured by many news outlets such as the Huffington Post, MSNBC, and the Boston Globe.
· PSY 204: Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences
· PSY 436: Health Psychology