Kimberly Suzanne BOWEN

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Kimberly Suzanne BOWEN | Associate Professor| Social Psychology・ Health Psychology

My research examines how social relationships shape physical health using experimental and ecological methods. I am particularly interested in empirically testing the mechanisms and pathways by which social relationships influence psychological stress and health-relevant measures of acute physiological function, such as ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate variability. My research views culture and social ecology as critical forces acting upon the pathways between relationships and health.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2019-2020
Assistant Professor in Psychology, University of Utah Asia Campus, 2016-2019
Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Utah, 2015, specializing in Social Psychology, Health Psychology
M.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah, 2013
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, 2009
B.A. in Psychology from American University, 2006

Uchino, B.N., Bowen, K., Kent, R., Mikal, J., & Fisher, E.B. Social support and physical health: Models, mechanisms, and opportunities. In E. Fisher, L. Cameron, A, Christensen, U. Ehlert, B. Oldenburg, & F. Snoek (Eds.), Principles and concepts of behavioral medicine: A global handbook.(2018).

Uchino, B.N., Bowen, K., Kent de Grey, R.G., Smith, T.W. Baucom, B.R., Light, K.A., & Ray, S. Loving-kindness meditation improves relationship negativity and psychological well-being: A pilot study. Psychology, 7, 6-11, doi: 10.4236/psych.2016.71002. (January, 2016)

Bowen, K. S., Uchino, B. N., Birmingham, W., Carlisle, M., Smith, T. W., & Light, K. C. The stress-buffering effects of functional social support on ambulatory blood pressure. Health Psychology, 33(11), 1440-1443, doi: 10.1037/hea0000005. (November, 2014).

Bowen, K. S., Birmingham, W., Uchino, B. N., Carlisle, M., Smith, T. W., & Light, K. C. Specific dimensions of perceived support and ambulatory blood pressure: Which support functions appear to be most beneficial and for whom? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88(3), 317-324, doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.03.004. (June, 2013).

Uchino, B. N., Bowen, K., Carlisle, M., & Birmingham, W. What are the psychological pathways linking social support to health outcomes? A visit with the “ghosts” of research past, present, and future. Social Science & Medicine, 74(7), 949-957, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.023. (April, 2012).