Jessica Vandeleest


My research interests focus on understanding how early social relationships, the larger social environment (e.g. social network structure), and temperament interact to influence an individual’s risk for negative psychological or physiological outcomes. I bring expertise in mother-infant interactions, temperament and personality, and psychoneuroimmunology to the study of how complex and dynamic social relationships and social structure impact health. I also manage McCowan wet lab and play a primary role in biological sample collection, assay, and data analysis.