I recently completed my Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB working with Dr. Brenda Major in the Self and Social Identity Lab. I am now a postdoctoral scholar in Health Psychology at UCLA working in Dr. Janet Tomiyama's Dieting, Stress, and Health Lab.
I am interested in using insights from psychology to understand and improve the health of stigmatized populations (e.g., higher body weight individuals, racial/ethnic minorities). My research examines the consequences of possessing a stigmatized identity through the lens of social identity threat. I use both experimental and non-experimental methods, including experience sampling, daily diary designs, and theory-driven analyses of large population health datasets. I approach health at multiple levels of analysis, including outcomes such as physiological indicators of stress (e.g., cortisol, cardiovascular reactivity), health behaviors (e.g., disordered eating), and mental health (e.g., depression).
Feel free to see my CV, Google Scholar profile or email me if you have any questions!
September 2017: Our new article on intergroup relations and LGB health disparities is out in JSI! Find it here, and check out the full special issue here
August 2017: I interviewed with Self Magazine about the term "overfat," read the story here
August 2017: I interviewed with Self Magazine about fat shaming, read the story here
May 2017: I interviewed with Refinery29 about weight, health, and the ills of body shaming, read the story here
Last updated: September 2017
Jeffrey M. Hunger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Health Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles