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Christopher Fagundes, PhD

Christopher Fagundes, PhD

Associate Professor, Rice University

Working in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Fagundes examines how stressful life contexts (e.g., bereavement, caregiving, disease diagnosis) “get under the skin” to impact diseases of older adulthood such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and cognitive decline. He also investigates how the immune system regulates neuronal function in ways that influence mood and cognitive processes (e.g., attention). He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters. He is a principal investigator on multiple NIH grants, and serves as a mentor on multiple training grants. He was the recipient of the Robert Ader New Investigator Award from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award by an Early Career Professional from Division 38 of the American Psychological Association, and the Herbert Weiner Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society.

Education & Training


Psychology, University of California, Davis

Masters Degree

Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City


Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City