Alexandra Crosswell, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Alexandra D. Crosswell is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Health and Community within the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. She obtained her PhD in Health Psychology from UCLA in 2014. 

Alexandra's program of research investigates the psychological and biological mechanisms linking chronic stress to disease development in adults, and how mind-body interventions can target those pathways. To examine these relationships she uses a range of methodologies, including prospective observational studies, daily diary studies, experimental design, and mechanism-focused interventions. 

In addition to her own program of research, she serves as the Executive Director of the NIA-funded Stress Measurement Network which is working to enhance the precision of psychosocial stress measurement in epidemiological research studies.



Improving the language specificity of stress in psychological and population health science.

Psychosomatic medicine

Crosswell AD, Epel ES, Mendes WB, Prather AA, Stress Measurement Network

Effects of Chronic Burden Across Multiple Domains and Experiences of Daily Stressors on Negative Affect.

Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Lockwood KG, Peddie L, Crosswell AD, Hives BA, Slopen N, Almeida DM, Puterman E

Psychological Resources and Biomarkers of Health in the Context of Chronic Parenting Stress.

International journal of behavioral medicine

Crosswell AD, Sagui-Henson S, Prather AA, Coccia M, Irwin MR, Epel ES

Effects of acute stress on cognition in older versus younger adults.

Psychology and aging

Crosswell AD, Whitehurst L, Mendes WB

Advancing research on psychological stress and aging with the Health and Retirement Study: Looking back to launch the field forward.

The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences

Crosswell AD, Suresh M, Puterman E, Gruenewald T, Lee J, Epel ES

Links Between Stress, Sleep, and Inflammation: Are there Sex Differences?

Current psychiatry reports

Dolsen MR, Crosswell AD, Prather AA

Mind wandering and stress: When you don't like the present moment.

Emotion (Washington, D.C.)

Crosswell AD, Coccia M, Epel ES

Meditation, stress processes, and telomere biology.

Current opinion in psychology

Conklin QA, Crosswell AD, Saron CD, Epel ES

Mindfulness on-the-go: Effects of a mindfulness meditation app on work stress and well-being.

Journal of occupational health psychology

Bostock S, Crosswell AD, Prather AA, Steptoe A

More than a feeling: A unified view of stress measurement for population science.

Frontiers in neuroendocrinology

Epel ES, Crosswell AD, Mayer SE, Prather AA, Slavich GM, Puterman E, Mendes WB

Effects of mindfulness training on emotional and physiologic recovery from induced negative affect.


Crosswell AD, Moreno PI, Raposa EB, Motivala SJ, Stanton AL, Ganz PA, Bower JE

Using Patient Reported Outcomes in Oncology Clinical Practice.

Scandinavian journal of pain

Kelleher SA, Somers TJ, Locklear T, Crosswell AD, Abernethy AP

Mindfulness meditation for younger breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial.


Bower JE, Crosswell AD, Stanton AL, Crespi CM, Winston D, Arevalo J, Ma J, Cole SW, Ganz PA

Childhood adversity and inflammation in breast cancer survivors.

Psychosomatic medicine

Crosswell AD, Bower JE, Ganz PA

Low heart rate variability and cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors.


Crosswell AD, Lockwood KG, Ganz PA, Bower JE

Yoga reduces inflammatory signaling in fatigued breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial.


Bower JE, Greendale G, Crosswell AD, Garet D, Sternlieb B, Ganz PA, Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Arevalo J, Cole SW

Childhood Adversity and Cumulative Life Stress: Risk Factors for Cancer-Related Fatigue.

Clinical psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science

Bower JE, Crosswell AD, Slavich GM

Cancer-related intrusive thoughts predict behavioral symptoms following breast cancer treatment.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Dupont A, Bower JE, Stanton AL, Ganz PA

Use of tablet personal computers for sensitive patient-reported information.

The journal of supportive oncology

Dupont A, Wheeler J, Herndon JE, Coan A, Zafar SY, Hood L, Patwardhan M, Shaw HS, Lyerly HK, Abernethy AP