Prolonging Stress by Repeating the Past: The Role of Rumination in
Physiology and Health
Peggy M. Zoccola
November 9, 2009
Social Ecology I, Room 112
Peggy Zoccola is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She received her M.A. from UCI and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Peggy’s research examines how rumination may prolong acute physiological stress responses and influence sleep. Her dissertation tests whether mental recall of a past stressor is capable of reactivating the cortisol stress response. Peggy has published her findings in top-tier journals and her research has been recognized with multiple awards, including The Scholars Award from the American Psychosomatic Society, the Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation, and UCI’s Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship.