I recently completed my Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB, where I worked in Dr. Brenda Major's 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.
Broadly speaking, I'm interested in using insights from social and personality psychology to understand and improve population health. I'm particularly interested in the mechanisms linking social and structural conditions (e.g., discrimination) to poorer mental and physical health among stigmatized populations.
Much of my current work is focused on elucidating the mental and physical effects of weight-based social identity threat. In other lines of research, my collaborators and I are examining factors that contribute to (and mitigate) anti-fat bias, exploring the potentially detrimental consequences of perceiving oneself as "overweight," and working to understand the personal and social influences on cardiometabolic health among higher bodyweight individuals.
Feel free to see my CV, Google Scholar profile or email me if you have any questions!
Last updated: March 2017
Jeffrey M. Hunger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Health Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles