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Elizabeth A. Bachen

Professor of Psychology


BS, University of California, Davis
MA, San Diego State University
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Interests

Clinical psychology, women’s health, how psychological stress affects health, psychosocial and biological mechanisms of stress and health, psychoneuroimmunology


Bachen is a professor of psychology and biopsychology and the director of the Mills Laboratory of Psychology and Health. She also chairs the biopsychology program at Mills College at Northeastern University. She teaches courses in clinical psychology, psychopathology, health psychology, stress and disease, and statistics. Her research explores mind/body interactions and examines various psychosocial and biological pathways by which chronic stress affects health and well-being, and resiliency to stress. Areas of focus include coping with autoimmune illnesses, early life adversity, and anxiety and mood disorders. She and student research assistants in her lab are currently conducting a multiyear study of chronic stress, social relationships across the lifespan, and cortisol function in young adults, as well as a study of gender identity and social determinants of health in gender non-conforming individuals with a social justice perspective.

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