BMED in the News

We’re Living in Traumatic Times Thanks to Coronavirus, So Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

April 28, 2020

April 2, 2020

Can Stress, Loneliness and Sleep Deprivation Make You More Prone to COVID-19?

March 31, 2020

Loneliness And Stress May Put You At Greater Risk For COVID-19

March 20, 2020

How stress and loneliness can make you more likely to get COVID-19

March 19, 2020

Watch on Apple TV: Luz Garcini featured on Oprah

March 5, 2020

Getting to Know You…Fagundes: An interview with the 2020 Herbert Weiner Early Career Award Recipient Interview by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD (page 5-6)

March 4, 2020

Keeping a stiff upper lip can hurt your health following death of a loved one

February 3, 2020

Dr. Fagundes receives career award from American Psychosomatic Society

December 3, 2019

Alzheimer’s effect on spouse’s health focus of new Rice study

July 15, 2019

Undocumented Mexican immigrants plagued by loss and distress

April 30, 2019

Can music slow mental decline? Rice researchers aim to find out

March 25, 2019

Death of loved ones is hard on undocumented immigrants

March 14, 2019

Undocumented immigrants report stress, psychological and physical loss

February 4, 2019

2018 Excellence in Health Psychology Research by an Early Career Professional Award – Christopher P. Fagundes, PhD

November 13, 2018

Grief linked to sleep disturbances that can be bad for the heart

November 9, 2018

Grief Tied to Death

October 25, 2018

Severe Grief Can Lead to Fatal Inflammation 

October 24, 2018

For the brokenhearted, grief can lead to death

October 22, 2018

Biomarkers link fatigue in cancer, Parkinson’s

August 9, 2018

Nearly 70 percent of undocumented Mexican immigrants report discrimination

June 16, 2018

Dr. Fagundes awarded 2018 Excellence in Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional Award

May 25, 2018

Dr. Fagundes was awarded the American Psychological Association’s award for excellence in health psychology in recognition of his outstanding original research work within 10 years of earning his terminal degree. Find out more here.

Dr. Fagundes awarded the 2018 Neal Miller New Investigator Award

May 4, 2018

Dr. Fagundes was selected to receive this award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research because of his contribution to behavioral medicine through imaginative methods coupled with carefully controlled studies. Find out more here.

BMED Collaborates in Brazil

May 2018
We flew to Brazil in May 2018 to build collaborations with Hospital de Amor. This trip included speakers from institutions in Houston and Brazil who discussed either their research focus and how they could offer support or problems that needed innovative solutions. This interdisciplinary meeting allowed researchers from these institutions to build collaborations around solving real-world problems. Students also participated in a “Hack-a-thon” competition.






Loss of spouse could make one more likely to ‘die of a broken heart

April 30, 2018

Risk factors developed after loss of spouse could increase likelihood of ‘dying of a broken heart’

March 8, 2018

Violence against women crossing the border

March 8, 2018

Dr. Garcini on Houston Public Media – Houston Matters

February 8, 2018

Listen to Dr. Garcini talk to Houston Matters about the mental health needs of immigrants who face uncertainty after the termination of DACA.

Diez herramientas para cuidar tu salud en la era post-DACA

December 30, 2017

Trauma Greets Many Illegal Immigrants in U.S.

November 15, 2017

Dr. Garcini in U.S. News & World Report – Health

November 15, 2017

The American dream is nightmarish for many illegal immigrants. More than three-quarters living in a city near the California-Mexico border have suffered a traumatic event, a new study reveals. The result: Many are living with significant psychological distress, say researchers from Rice University in Houston.

“Our findings are alarming,” said study lead author Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of psychology.

Interviews with nearly 250 illegal Mexican immigrants found that 82 percent had suffered some sort of trauma.
Read the rest of the article from U.S. News & World Report.

Study Finds Massive Trauma Among Undocumented Immigrants

November 11, 2017

El 82% de mexicanos que habitan la frontera sufren traumas severos

November 8, 2017

“Me siento derrotada”: el 82% de los mexicanos que habitan la frontera sufren traumas severos

November 8, 2017

Mayoría de inmigrantes indocumentados en frontera tiene historial de trauma, dice informe

November 8, 2017

Study finds history of trauma among undocumented immigrants residing near California-Mexico border

November 8, 2017

What the Undocumented Immigrant Experience Means for Mental Health

November 3, 2017

Estudio: inmigrantes sufren trastornos mentales

November 2, 2017

Immigrants living in the country without authorization at risk for anxiety and depression

November 1, 2017

Casi el 25 % de indocumentados que vive en la frontera sufre de trastorno mental

October 31, 2017

Almost A Quarter Of Undocumented Immigrants Living Near The Border Live With Mental Illness & These Are The Resources They Need

October 31, 2017

Illegal Immigration Can Cause Anxiety, Depression

October 31, 2017

Dr. Garcini finds that immigrants living in the country without authorization at risk for anxiety and depression

October 30, 2017
See news coverage in Spanish and English

Immigrants living in the country without authorization at risk for anxiety and depression

October 30, 2017

Disaster makes people with depression less healthy

October 23, 2017

Research: The psychological distress of Dreamers

August 11, 2017

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Luz Garcini, makes news with her timely research

August 11, 2017

Young adult immigrants who came to the United States as children are at a high risk of suffering from mental health distress. Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral fellow in the BMED Lab who studied the health of unauthorized Latino immigrants and deportees, found they face unique stressors due to their complicated social and legal status. As a clinical practitioner, she’s found that good jobs, family cohesion, and a sense of religious or spiritual faith seem to be the strongest factors that help immigrants cope and maintain a sense of hope. See coverage from the Houston Chronicle

Young undocumented immigrants showing signs of PTSD

August 11, 2017

As Fear Of Deportations Rises, Children Show Signs Of PTSD

August 10, 2017

Anxiety sensitivity moderates the painful effects of feeling burdensome to othersA

August 9 2017

Study: Millennial Illegal Immigrants At Highest Risk For Psychological Distress, ‘Live In Constant Fear Of Deportation’

August 8, 2017

DREAMers at greater risk for mental health distress

July 27, 2017

Link between heart disease risk factors and depression is biological, not behavioral

May 10, 2017

Graduate Student, Angie LeRoy, in the News for recent Loneliness & Cold Symptoms Publication

March 30, 2017

Our recent publication in Health Psychology has been highlighted via hundreds of media outlets. Angie LeRoy, a graduate student member of the BMED research team, along with Dr. Fagundes, were interviewed for articles written for TIME, NPR, and Newsweek, to name a few. In addition, this publication received coverage from both local and national television news sources.  This research demonstrated how loneliness impacts the severity of cold symptoms when an individual is infected with the common cold. Explore the links below to learn more about these findings!

Click on the links to view articles written by: TIME, NPR, Newsweek, USA Today, Philadelphia Daily News, LA Times, The CW, Infection Control Today

ABC National News Coverage

Newsfix Local News Coverage (see video on Newsfix webpage)

How Close Friends Keep You From Feeling Sick

March 30, 2017

Dr. Kyle Murdock in News for recent Diabetes Publication

January 1, 2017

Dr. Kyle Murdock, a postdoctoral research fellow at the BMED Lab, was highlighted on BottomLineInc for his publication, which demonstrates how high levels of stress and anxiety can increase your risk of developing type II diabetes. In addition, Dr. Murdock showed how developing your “inhibition,” or your ability to ignore distracting thoughts, can act as a protective factor in diabetes risk. Check out the news article here.

Low socio-economic status, fear of abandonment can lead to poor adult health

October 13, 2016

A new paper by BMED postdoctoral fellow Dr. Kyle Murdock and Principle Investigator Dr. Christopher Fagundes has created some waves in the Rice News. Recently, an article came out discussing their publication, titled “Attachment Orientations, Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia, and Stress are Important for Understanding the Link between Childhood Socioeconomic Status and Adult Self-Reported Health,” and the ways childhood is crucial to understanding health, even as an adult. Check out the news article here and read the full paper here.

Psychology’s Fagundes receives Robert Ader New Investigator Award

September 14, 2016

BMED Lab Featured in U.S News Article about Self-Reported Health

August 16, 2016

Dr. Murdock spoke with U.S. News writers about the implications of the most recent Psychoneuroendocrinology publication from the BMED Lab, which details the importance of patients’ self-reported health as a predictor of long-term morbidity. Click here to check out the article’s discussion on when a patient should trust their gut instinct about their health.

New Publication from the BMED Lab Makes Big Waves in the Media

July 15, 2016

A new study co-authored by BMED Lab members Dr. Fagundes, Dr. Murdock, and Vansh Vohra has received lots of media attention. Published in psychoneuroendocrinology, the paper discusses the importance of patients’ self-reported health as a predictor of long-term morbidity and mortality. This week, the New York Times and Rice News have published articles about the importance of their findings for the medical community.

The BMED Team loves a friendly competition!

13450882_1083833571659928_4465948567448130595_nCongratulations to our research assistants Sally, Amani, Ryan, and Savannah! We had a lab competition to determine who could garner the most likes on our Facebook page. The winners spent the evening at Minute Maid Stadium watching the Houston Astros. Way to go, guys!




Dr. Christopher Fagundes selected to receive 2017 Robert Ader New Investigator Award

160603_Fagundes_Fitlow_006 (1)Congratulations to the BMED Lab’s Director, Dr. Christopher Fagundes! The field of psychoneuroimmunology has selected him as the recipient of the 2017 Robert Ader New Investigator Award, which is presented to young investigators who have made a substantial impact in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. We are proud to be working under the leadership of such an esteemed investigator. Congratulations!






Congratulations to Dr. Annina Seiler, a new Postdoctoral Fellow in the BMED Lab!

seiler_annina_8432Dr. Annina Seiler will be joining the BMED Lab as a postdoctoral fellow this Fall. The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) awarded Dr. Seiler with a competitive training grant that will allow her to complete her research fellowship abroad. The SNSF grants are awarded to the most promising candidates through a competitive peer-review process. We are excited that Dr. Seiler chose to complete her research fellowship with the BMED team here at Rice University. For more information on these competitive SNSF postdoctoral grants that send researchers abroad, check out the link here.

Congratulations to Dr. Kyle Murdock!

June 6, 2016
0606_DIABETES-2-WEB-1frhsjoDr. Kyle Murdock recently published a paper, “Executive functioning and diabetes: The role of anxious arousal and inflammation” in Psychoneuroendocrinology, which outlines the physiological connection between executive functioning and Type II Diabetes. He was recently featured in the Rice media discussing the paper and its powerful implications. Check out the news report here.





Congratulations to Megan Lewis for her Award in the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium.

One of our Research Assistants, Megan Lewis, presented research on the association between Childhood Family Environment and Post-Treatment Symptom Burden in Breast Cancer Survivors. She received third place in the Social Science Division at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS). Congratulations, Megan!

Congratulations to Diana Chirinos, a New Postdoctoral Fellow in the BMED Lab!

March 28, 2016
Picture_DianaClick here to learn more about Diana, who will be joining the BMED Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow this Summer. We are so excited to have Diana join the BMED team!




Inflammation can fan the flames of depression – Video

Hear Dr. Fagundes’ full segment on NPR’s Houston Matters

November 2, 2015
Hear Dr. Fagundes' complete segment on NPR's Houston Matters

View this story on ABC Houston

October 26, 2015
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Study seeks cause of fatal bereavement


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