Melissa is interested in the neural-immune and biochemical mechanisms by which individual differences in response to emotion alter resilience to and the progression of disease.
She is also interested in the impact of meditation practice on emotion response and, subsequently, on the neural-immune and biochemical mechanisms underlying resilience or vulnerability to disease.
Rosenkranz, M.A., Busse, W.W., Sheridan, J.F., Crisafi, G.M. & Davidson, R.J. (2012). Are there neurophenotypes for asthma? Functional brain imaging of the interaction between emotion and inflammation in asthma. PLOS One 7, e40921. PMCID: PMC3411610
Rosenkranz, M.A., Davidson, R.J., MacCoon, D.G., Sheridan, J.F., Kalin, N.H. & Lutz, A. (2013). A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 27, 174-184.
Rosenkranz, M.A. (2007). Substance P at the nexus of mind and body in chronic inflammation and affective disorders. Psychological Bulletin 133, 1007-1037.
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2008)
What does well-being mean to me?
"The ability to live a life that has balance and meaning."