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Sonia A. Cavigelli
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Sonia Cavigelli conducts interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of individual differences in stress- and fear-related behavior and physiology.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • Undergraduate Education
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Education
  • Duke University, PhD, 1998
Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Phone
Office Address
222 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Fax
814-863-7525
Interests
  • Influence of temperament and social status on stress and health
  • Individual differences in stress and health in natural environment
  • Development of temperament/personality
  • Behavioral physiology
Professional Experience

Sonia Cavigelli conducts interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of individual differences in stress- and fear-related behavior and physiology. Recent work focuses on how early life stress experiences (during adolescence and earlier) affect adult anxiety- and depression-related behavior and physiology. We use animal models to conduct experimental longitudinal studies over a significant portion of the life span, and to identify underlying biological mechanisms altered by early stress.  A recent area of work has focused on the influence of developmental allergic asthma on the development of the brain (emotion-regulatory areas) and behavior.

Grants and Research Projects

Influence of temperament and social status on stress and health; individual differences in stress and health in the natural environment; development of temperament/personality.

Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab Web Pages

Publications