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."
How do people experience emotions over a period of time and what does that say about their resilience and well-being?
Exploring whether meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access to potentially beneficial practices.
This study seeks to build upon knowledge from Tibetan medicine through examining well-being data and microbiome measures on a variety of people with varying levels of meditation training who have participated in previous intervention studies to gain a better understanding of what works for whom and why.
The goals of this work are to understand the impact of mindfulness training on police officer well-being and the well-being of people negatively affected by policing.
Seeking to understand whether large-scale interventions such as the Healthy Minds Program may have a protective effect against stress and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examining whether experience with mindfulness-based programs and training is helping people cope with daily stress and mental challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Center scientists are exploring the bodily changes associated with a specific type of yoga in individuals on the autism spectrum.
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.