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Derek Spangler
Derek Spangler
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Derek Spangler’s research utilizes mobile sensors to investigate the dynamic physiological (e.g., autonomic nervous system) and behavioral (e.g., body motion, self-report) features of real-world stress and their impacts on health.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • Graduate Program
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Education
  • Virginia Tech, PhD, Neuroscience and Biological Psychology, 2016
Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Office Address
354F Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
Research Interests

Stress and negative emotion

Autonomic nervous system

Mobile sensors

Cardiovascular disease

Gender and ethnic differences

Professional Experience

Derek Spangler’s research utilizes mobile sensors to investigate the dynamic physiological (e.g., autonomic nervous system) and behavioral/psychological (e.g., body motion, self-report) features of naturalistic stress and their impacts on health. His current research aims to: (1) estimate how real-world stress varies across multiple timescales, contexts, and individual attributes (e.g., gender, ethnicity, socioemotional traits), and (2) use mobile technologies to both predict and change health outcomes related to cardiovascular disease and psychopathology.