Marci Lobel, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles (1989)
Professor, Social and Health Psychology
Office: Psychology B-222
Office Hours: please email Dr. Lobel for current office hours
Phone Number: (631) 632-7651

Areas of Interest: The intersection of social psychology and health, particularly issues concerning stress, coping, and women's reproductive health. Social comparison processes, stress, and coping in general.

Current Research:

Because pregnancy entails life changes which affect the emotions, behaviors, and physical condition of pregnant women, it represents a rich arena for the study of stress, coping, and their effects. My research focuses primarily on prenatal maternal stress (PNMS) and its impact on birth outcomes (such as birthweight and gestational age at delivery). As part of a set of federally-funded investigations that I direct known as The Stony Brook Pregnancy Project, my graduate students and I are examining factors that exacerbate or attenuate the impact of PNMS on birth outcomes, including health behaviors, coping, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or race, and optimism. In addition, I work with teams of investigators in Iowa, Virginia, and Florida to examine the impact of domestic violence in pregnancy, and to evaluate interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged pregnant women. I also conduct basic research on social comparison processes, examining ways that pregnant and non-pregnant individuals use social comparison to cope with stress, and how our self-views influence our selection of social comparison targets.

Representative Publications:

Alderdice, F., Lynn, F., & Lobel, M. (2012). A review and psychometric evaluation of pregnancy-specific stress measures. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 33(2), 62-77. doi: 10.3109/0167482X.2012.673040

Coussons-Read, M. E., Lobel, M., Carey, J. C., Kreither, M. O., D’Anna, K., Argys, L., Ross, R. G., Brandt, C. & Cole, S. (2012). The occurrence of preterm delivery is linked to pregnancy-specific distress and elevated inflammatory markers across gestation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26(4), 650-659.

Hamilton, J. G. & Lobel, M. (2012). Passing years, changing fears? Conceptualizing and measuring risk perceptions for chronic disease in younger and middle-aged women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35(2), 124-138. doi:10.1007/s10865-011-9342-8

Darlow, S. D. & Lobel, M. (2012). Smoking behavior and motivational flexibility in light and heavy smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 668-673. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.02.001

London, B., Rosenthal, L., Levy, S. R., & Lobel, M. (2011). The influences of perceived identity compatibility and social support on women in non-traditional fields during the college transition. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33(4), 304-321.

Rosenthal, L. & Lobel, M. (2011). Explaining racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes: Unique sources of stress for Black American women during pregnancy. Social Science and Medicine, 72, 977-983.

Cannella, D., Lobel, M., & Monheit, A. (2010). Knowing is believing: Information and attitudes towards physical activity during pregnancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 31(4), 236-242.

Lobel, M., Cannella, D. L., Graham, J. E., DeVincent, C. J., Schneider, J., & Meyer, B. A. (2008). Pregnancy-specific stress, prenatal health behaviors, and birth outcomes. Health Psychology 27, 604-615.

Woods-Giscombé, C. & Lobel, M. (2008). Race and gender matter: A multidimensional approach to conceptualizing and measuring stress in African American women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 173-182.

Lobel, M. & DeLuca, R. S. (2007). Psychosocial sequelae of cesarean delivery: Review and analysis of their causes and implications. Social Science and Medicine, 64 (11), 2272-2284.

Research Support:

Effects of Prenatal Maternal Stress on Birth Outcomes, National Institutes of Health.
Principal Investigator

Domestic Abuse in Pregnancy and Adverse Birth Outcomes, National Institutes of Health.
Co-Principal Investigator