Karen Hasselmo

Real name: 
PhD Graduate Student

Master of Arts (Psychology) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Thesis: Structuring Relationships: Is There a Taxon of Social Toxicity? Primary Advisor: Dr. David Sbarra Bachelor of Arts (Biology, Psychology) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Psyc 410
Research Interests: 

Psychoneuroimmunology, relationships, health

I am a 5th year graduate student in the clinical psychology program interested in psychoneuroimmunology, relationships, and health. I doubled majored in Biology and Psychology at the University of Virginia and continue to use both of my undergraduate degrees at the University of Arizona, where I study the immune system and psychosocial health outcomes of divorced and separated populations. I conduct research in the Laboratory of Social Connectedness and Health, under the supervision of Dr. David Sbarra.

Selected Publications: 

Sbarra, D.A., Hasselmo, K., & Bourassa, K.J. (2015). Divorce and health: Beyond individual differences. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(2), 109-113. Hasselmo, K., Sbarra, D. A., O'Connor, M. F., & Moreno, F. A. (2015). Psychological distress following marital separation interacts with a polymorphism in the serotonin transporter gene to predict cardiac vagal control in the laboratory.Psychophysiology 52(6), 736-744. Sbarra, D.A., Nojopranoto, W., & Hasselmo, K. (2014). Divorce and health outcomes: from social epidemiology to social psychophysiology. In: C.R Agnew and S.C South (Eds.), Interpersonal Relationships and Health. New York: Oxford University Press. Johnson, S.M., Moser, M.B., Beckes, L., Smith, A., Dalgleish, T., Halchuk, R., Hasselmo, K., Greenman, P.S., Merali, Z., Coan, J.A. (2013). "Soothing the Threatened Brain: Leveraging Contact Comfort with Emotionally Focused Therapy".  PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079314 Sbarra, D., Hasselmo, K., & Nojopranoto, W. (2012). Divorce and Death: A Case Study for Health Psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6(12), 905-919. Beckes, L., Coan, J.A., & Hasselmo, K. (2012). Familiarity promotes the blurring of self and other in the neural representation of threat. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 8(6), 670-677. Hasselmo, K., Coan, J. A, & Beckes, L. (2012). Social Baseline Theory and Socially Regulated Emotion. In K. H. Brisch (Ed.) Bindungen ‒ Paare, Sexualität und Kinder  (pp. 22-35). Germany, Klett-Cotta.  

Courses Taught: 

Instructor (Summer 2015) The Structure of Mind and Behavior (Psy 150A1 - online), The University of Arizona Instructor (Summer 2014) The Structure of Mind and Behavior (Psy 150A1), The University of Arizona Instructor (Summer 2013) The Psychology of Religion & Spirituality (Psy 357), The University of Arizona Instructor (Summer 2012) The Psychology of Religion & Spirituality (Psy 357), The University of Arizona