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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Jenalee Doom

Dr. Doom is interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2021. She will review applications from students applying to the Affective/Social/Cognitive, Clinical, or Developmental Psychology programs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Developmental Health Psychology
  • Stress Physiology
  • Early Adversity and Trauma
  • Resilience
  • Nutrition
  • Cardiometabolic Health

Current Research and Projects

My program of research focuses on the biological and behavioral mechanisms by which childhood stress, such as maltreatment and poverty, influences mental and physical health across the lifespan. I am particularly interested in how childhood stress impacts the early origins of inflammation-related disorders, including depression and cardiovascular disease. My research examines the interactions between risk and protective factors, including nutrition, neighborhood violence, and the quality of social relationships, in children living in high-risk settings, which is crucial for creating interventions that promote resilience. My research also focuses on social buffering, which is a decreased physiological response to stress in the presence of a supportive individual. My research examines whether social buffering may be a mechanism by which individuals are protected from chronic stress and how we can enhance social buffering to create more effective interventions. My lab conducts research in the following areas:

  1. Elucidating mechanisms between childhood psychosocial stress and health across the lifespan from basic biological processes to social, emotional, and cultural processes.
  2. Identifying specific targets for intervention and identifying individuals who have the greatest need for interventions that improve mental and physical health following early psychosocial stress.
  3. Creating interventions that decrease risk for inflammation-related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and depression following early psychosocial stress.
  4. Considering the role of nutrition in the development of mental and physical health problems in the context of chronic stress.
  5. Understanding the development of social buffering and whether we can enhance social buffering to promote resilience following early psychosocial stress.


  • Post-doc, University of Michigan, Center for Human Growth and Development
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Child Psychology
  • M.A. University of Minnesota, Child Psychology
  • B.S. University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications

Full publication list here.
  • Doom, J.R., Cook, S.H., Sturza, J., Kaciroti, N., Gearhardt, A.N., Vazquez, D.M., Lumeng, J.C., & Miller, A.L. (in press). Family conflict, chaos, and negative life events predict cortisol activity in low-income children. Developmental Psychobiology.
  • Doom, J.R., Richards, B., Caballero, G., Delva, J., Gahagan, S., & Lozoff, B. (in press). Infant iron deficiency and iron supplementation predict adolescent internalizing, externalizing, and social problems. Journal of Pediatrics.
  • Doom, J.R., Mason, S., Suglia, S.F., & Clark, C.J. (2017). Pathways between childhood/adolescent adversity, adolescent SES, and long-term cardiovascular disease risk in young adulthood. Social Science and Medicine, 188, 166-175.
  • Doom, J.R., Doyle, C.M., & Gunnar, M.R. (2017). Social stress buffering by friends in childhood and adolescence: Effects on HPA and oxytocin activity. Social Neuroscience, 12(1), 8-21.
  • Doom, J.R., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., & Simpson, J.A. (2016). Early unpredictability predicts increased adolescent externalizing behaviors and substance use: A life history perspective. Development and Psychopathology, 28(4), 1505-1516.
  • Doom, J.R., Hostinar, C.E., VanZomeren-Dohm, A.A., & Gunnar, M.R. (2015). The roles of puberty and age in explaining the diminished effectiveness of parental buffering of HPA reactivity and recovery in adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 59, 102-111.
  • Doom, J.R., Cicchetti, D., & Rogosch, F.A. (2014). Longitudinal patterns of cortisol regulation differ in maltreated and nonmaltreated children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(11), 1206-1215.