My research uses insights from social psychology to understand and improve the health of stigmatized populations (e.g., higher body weight individuals, racial/ethnic minorities). I examine the consequences of possessing a stigmatized identity through the theoretical lens of social identity threat. I do so using 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., eating), and mental health (e.g., depression).
I completed my Ph.D. (2017) 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 in Dr. Janet Tomiyama's Dieting, Stress, and Health Lab.
Feel free to see my CV, Google Scholar profile or email me if you have any questions!
January 2018: My paper on weight labeling and disordered eating among adolescent girls has been accepted at Journal of Adolescent Health!
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
Last updated: January 2018
Jeffrey M. Hunger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Health Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles