Kyle Bourassa, Ph.D.

Kyle Bourassa

Postdoctoral Associate

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Kyle is a Postdoctoral Scholar working in the Moffitt-Caspi Lab at Duke University. He is funded by the National Institute on Aging through a T32 training grant (T32-AG000029) provided to the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in the Duke University Medical Center. Kyle received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in Psychology and History. He subsequently received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Health Psychology from the University of Arizona. He completed his doctoral internship at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle.

Kyle’s research focuses on understanding the impact of stressful life events—such as divorce, bereavement, and trauma—on health across the lifespan. His work examines the social, behavioral, and affective mechanisms that link the experience of these stressors with dysregulated cardiovascular physiology, relevant disease outcomes, and mortality. To do so, Kyle makes use of both longitudinal cohort study designs and lab-based experimental paradigms, integrating top-down and bottom-up approaches. In addition to his work examining mechanisms of action, Kyle also studies how behavioral interventions might improve health among people who experience stressful life events.

Kyle spends his time outside of work cooking, gardening, hiking, running, and playing pickleball. He is an avid UVA and New England sports fan.

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “The impact of physical proximity and attachment working models on cardiovascular reactivity: Comparing mental activation and romantic partner presence.Psychophysiology, vol. 56, no. 5, May 2019, p. e13324. Epmc, doi:10.1111/psyp.13324. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Smoking and Physical Activity Explain the Increased Mortality Risk Following Marital Separation and Divorce: Evidence From the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.Annals of Behavioral Medicine : A Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 53, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 255–66. Epmc, doi:10.1093/abm/kay038. Full Text

Bourassa, K. J., et al. “Psychological overinvolvement, emotional distress, and daily affect following marital dissolution.” Collabra: Psychology, vol. 5, no. 1, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1525/collabra.184. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Mismatch in Spouses' Anger-Coping Response Styles and Risk of Early Mortality: A 32-Year Follow-Up Study.Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 81, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 26–33. Epmc, doi:10.1097/psy.0000000000000653. Full Text

Moe, Aubrey M., et al. “Schizophrenia, narrative, and neurocognition: The utility of life-stories in understanding social problem-solving skills.Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, June 2018, pp. 83–91. Epmc, doi:10.1037/prj0000286. Full Text

Manvelian, A., et al. “With or without you? Loss of self following marital separation.” Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, vol. 37, no. 4, Apr. 2018, pp. 297–324. Scopus, doi:10.1521/jscp.2018.37.4.297. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Impact of Narrative Expressive Writing on Heart Rate, Heart Rate Variability, and Blood Pressure After Marital Separation.Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 79, no. 6, July 2017, pp. 697–705. Epmc, doi:10.1097/psy.0000000000000475. Full Text

Bourassa, K. J., et al. “Tell me a story: The creation of narrative as a mechanism of psychological recovery following marital separation.” Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, vol. 36, no. 5, May 2017, pp. 359–79. Scopus, doi:10.1521/jscp.2017.36.5.359. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Social participation predicts cognitive functioning in aging adults over time: comparisons with physical health, depression, and physical activity.Aging & Mental Health, vol. 21, no. 2, Feb. 2017, pp. 133–46. Epmc, doi:10.1080/13607863.2015.1081152. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle, and David A. Sbarra. “Body mass and cognitive decline are indirectly associated via inflammation among aging adults.Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, vol. 60, Feb. 2017, pp. 63–70. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2016.09.023. Full Text