Elissa Hamlat, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Elissa June Hamlat received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 2017. Her research focuses on the pubertal transition as a developmental period of risk for physical and mental health problems, particularly those associated with depression. At UCSF, she works primarily with Dr. Elissa Epel to better understand the biological processes underlying the relationships between puberty and health outcomes throughout the lifespan. She is interested in racial and ethnic differences in these relationships and how they may contribute to health disparities.


Effects of early life adversity on pubertal timing and tempo in Black and White girls: The National Growth and Health Study.

Psychosomatic medicine

Hamlat EJ, Laraia B, Bleil ME, Deardorff J, Tomiyama AJ, Mujahid M, Shields GS, Brownell K, Slavich GM, Epel ES

Association of subjective social status with epigenetic aging among Black and White women.


Hamlat EJ, Adler NE, Laraia B, Surachman A, Lu AT, Zhang J, Horvath S, Epel ES

Childhood stress and midlife depression in women: the influence of diet quality.

Nutritional neuroscience

Chiu DT, Hamlat EJ, Leung CW, Epel ES, Laraia BA

Assessing change in suicidal ideation intensity for youth in treatment for pediatric bipolar disorder.

Clinical child psychology and psychiatry

Gruhn MA, West A, Hamlat E, Weinstein S

Early life adversity, pubertal timing, and epigenetic age acceleration in adulthood.

Developmental psychobiology

Hamlat EJ, Prather AA, Horvath S, Belsky J, Epel ES

Early pubertal timing predicts onset and recurrence of depressive episodes in boys and girls.

Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines

Hamlat EJ, McCormick KC, Young JF, Hankin BL

Developmental Course of Personality Disorder Traits in Childhood and Adolescence.

Journal of personality disorders

Hamlat EJ, Young JF, Hankin BL

Self-reported affective biases, but not all affective performance biases, are present in depression remission.

The British journal of clinical psychology

Cerny BM, Stange JP, Kling LR, Hamlat EJ, O'Donnell LA, Deveney C, Langenecker SA

A Latent Structure Analysis of Cognitive Vulnerability to Depression in Adolescence.

Behavior therapy

Liu RT, McArthur BA, Burke TA, Hamilton JL, Mac Giollabhui N, Stange JP, Hamlat EJ, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Pubertal Timing as a Transdiagnostic Risk for Psychopathology in Youth.

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

Hamlat EJ, Snyder HR, Young JF, Hankin BL

Predictors of Attrition in Longitudinal Neuroimaging Research: Inhibitory Control, Head Movement, and Resting-State Functional Connectivity.

Brain connectivity

Stange JP, Jenkins LM, Bessette KL, Kling LR, Bark JS, Shepard R, Hamlat EJ, DelDonno S, Phan KL, Passarotti AM, Ajilore O, Langenecker SA

Disrupted engagement of networks supporting hot and cold cognition in remitted major depressive disorder.

Journal of affective disorders

Stange JP, Jenkins LM, Hamlat EJ, Bessette KL, DelDonno SR, Kling LR, Passarotti AM, Phan KL, Klumpp H, Ryan KA, Langenecker SA

Pubertal Development, Emotion Regulatory Styles, and the Emergence of Sex Differences in Internalizing Disorders and Symptoms in Adolescence.

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

Alloy LB, Hamilton JL, Hamlat EJ, Abramson LY


Depression and anxiety

Stange JP, Connolly SL, Burke TA, Hamilton JL, Hamlat EJ, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Pubertal Timing, Peer Victimization, and Body Esteem Differentially Predict Depressive Symptoms in African American and Caucasian Girls.

The Journal of early adolescence

Hamlat EJ, Shapero BG, Hamilton JL, Stange JP, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Cognitive Styles in Mood Disorders: Discriminative Ability of Unipolar and Bipolar Cognitive Profiles.

International journal of cognitive therapy

Shapero BG, Stange JP, Goldstein KE, Black CL, Molz AR, Hamlat EJ, Black SK, Boccia AS, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Early pubertal timing as a vulnerability to depression symptoms: differential effects of race and sex.

Journal of abnormal child psychology

Hamlat EJ, Stange JP, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Rumination and overgeneral autobiographical memory in adolescents: an integration of cognitive vulnerabilities to depression.

Journal of youth and adolescence

Hamlat EJ, Connolly SL, Hamilton JL, Stange JP, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Cognitive vulnerabilities amplify the effect of early pubertal timing on interpersonal stress generation during adolescence.

Journal of youth and adolescence

Hamilton JL, Stange JP, Kleiman EM, Hamlat EJ, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Emotional maltreatment, peer victimization, and depressive versus anxiety symptoms during adolescence: hopelessness as a mediator.

Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53

Hamilton JL, Shapero BG, Stange JP, Hamlat EJ, Abramson LY, Alloy LB

Biomarkers in psychiatry: drawbacks and potential for misuse.

International archives of medicine

Lakhan SE, Vieira K, Hamlat E

Time for a unified approach to medical ethics.

Philosophy, ethics, and humanities in medicine : PEHM

Lakhan SE, Hamlat E, McNamee T, Laird C