Keely Muscatell

PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Prevention and Control

Assistant Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of interest

My unique interdisciplinary expertise and training, combined with my high level of motivation, leadership ability, and commitment to team science will allow me to successfully carry out the proposed research project. I have a strong theoretical background in social and health psychology, which I combine with the use of cutting-edge tools from neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, and pharmacology to develop a novel perspective on the role of social processes in health. My research to-date has focused on understanding how stress and other psychosocial factors affect neural and inflammatory responses to social threats. In the many research projects I have conducted in this area, I have successfully lead teams made up of other research and clinical faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, research staff, and research nurses. Each project has produced several high-impact, peer-reviewed publications, and has been completed on-time and on-budget. As a result of these past experiences, I am confident I have the leadership skills and scientific training to successfully administer the proposed project. The current application is a direct extension of my prior work, and will allow for a more extensive exploration of the psychosocial, neural, and inflammatory processes that contribute to breast cancer treatment responses.

Awards and Honors

  • 2008-2009 UCLA Graduate Fellowship, UCLA Department of Psychology and UCLA Graduate Division
  • 2009-2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2010-2011 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, “Biobehavioral Aspects of Physical and Mental Health,” NIMH Training Grant T32 MH015750-21
  • 2010 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference Travel Award
  • 2010 American Psychosomatic Society Citation Poster Award
  • 2011 American Psychosomatic Society Citation Poster Award
  • 2011 American Psychosomatic Society Travel Award for MacLean Scholars
  • 2011 Western Psychological Association Robert L. Solso Research Award
  • 2012 American Psychosomatic Society Citation Poster Award
  • 2013 American Psychosomatic Society Travel Award for MacLean Scholars
  • 2014 UCSF Dept. of Psychiatry Grand Rounds Trainee Award
  • 2014 American Psychosomatic Society Young Investigator Colloquium

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