Angie’s program of research aims to apply social psychological principles to physical health-related issues. Specifically, she investigate psychosocial factors that contribute to physical pain, dysregulated stress responses, and immune dysregulation among populations that experience high stress. Her study designs include measures extending from the cellular level (e.g., inflammation) to individual differences in social experiences (e.g., loneliness, perceived burdensomeness), to community, situational, and environmental impacts (e.g., early life experiences, social loss). Originally trained as a Social Psychologist, her line of research crosses multiple disciplines as she works to extend the field of social psychology by applying psychonueroimmunological principles and techniques to both basic and applied research questions. In line with her aim to become an interdisciplinary independent investigator, being a part of the Rice Academy will allow her to connect with esteemed researchers in other disciplines. Visit http://angieleroy.rice.edu to access some of her publications.
Angie received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 2011. She later received her Masters and then PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Houston, concluding her graduate program in August 2018.
She currently holds an NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship, which funds her Post-doctoral Fellowship position in the Department of Psychological Sciences here at Rice University, (Grant Number 1F32HL146064-01; PI: Angie LeRoy; Sponsors: Christopher Fagundes, Cobi Heijnen, & Robert Dantzer). She is receiving training in Psychoneuroimmunology primarily under the mentorship of Christopher Fagundes, director of the Biobehavioral Mechanisms Explaining Disparities (BMED) Lab. Her fellowship project will examine self-perceived burden (i.e., the perception that one is burdensome to others), inflammation, and grief symptoms among a sample of bereaved individuals who recently lost their spouse. Understanding the relationship between these factors will help identify who may be most at risk for developing adverse health consequences following the loss of a loved one.
If Angie’s not in the research lab, you will most likely find her on horseback. In addition to her equestrian endeavors, she enjoys outdoor adventures, meeting new people, and spending time with her beloved husband, Ryan, along with her dog, NOLA.