2014 AAPB Webinar 4: Inflammation and Psychophysiological Reactivity to Stress
Presented by Patrick R. Steffen, PhD - Associate Professor, Brigham Young University
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This presentation will review current inflammation research and examine the role inflammation plays in physical and mental health and disease. The evolution of inflammation as a key part of the innate immune system will be reviewed and how inflammation contributes to health. Dysregulation of inflammatory processes will be discussed and the contributions of autonomic functioning, stress and depression to inflammatory dysregulation will be examined. The effects of treatments for depression on inflammation will be discussed. The presentation conclude with a discussion of how biofeedback might be used as an intervention for inflammatory dysregulation, particularly heart rate variability biofeedback as a method to increase parasympathetic functioning and lead to autonomic balance.
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
- Review the role inflammation plays in immunity, physical health and mental health
- Review how stress and depression can lead to dsyregulation of inflammatory processes
- Review how chronic inflammation can contribute to increased stress reactivity and depression
- Review how biofeedback may play a role in the treatment of dysregulated inflammatory processes
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Patrick Steffen's broad research interests lie in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with specific interests in culture, spirituality, and health. He is particularly interested in the Hispanic Paradox and how disadvantaged groups display resiliency and positive adaptation in spite of significant stressors. He has authored and co-authored articles in Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, and Mental Health, Religion, and Culture; and co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology and the Handbook of Primary Care Psychology. Dr. Steffen is currently an associate professor and associate director of clinical training in the Brigham Young University clinical psychology program. Before coming to BYU, Steffen was a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He received his PhD and master's degrees at the University of Miami in clinical health psychology, and a bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in statistics and philosophy from Brigham Young University.