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. “Heart Rate Variability Moderates the Association Between Separation-Related Psychological Distress and Blood Pressure Reactivity Over Time.Psychological Science, vol. 27, no. 8, Aug. 2016, pp. 1123–35. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797616651972. Full Text

Memel, Molly, et al. “Body Mass and Physical Activity Uniquely Predict Change in Cognition for Aging Adults.Annals of Behavioral Medicine : A Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 50, no. 3, June 2016, pp. 397–408. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s12160-015-9768-2. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Absent but Not Gone: Interdependence in Couples' Quality of Life Persists After a Partner's Death.Psychological Science, vol. 27, no. 2, Feb. 2016, pp. 270–81. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797615618968. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Women in very low quality marriages gain life satisfaction following divorce.Journal of Family Psychology : Jfp : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 29, no. 3, June 2015, pp. 490–99. Epmc, doi:10.1037/fam0000075. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “A dyadic approach to health, cognition, and quality of life in aging adults.Psychology and Aging, vol. 30, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 449–61. Epmc, doi:10.1037/pag0000025. Full Text

Sbarra, David A., et al. “Divorce and Health: Beyond Individual Differences.Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 24, no. 2, Apr. 2015, pp. 109–13. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0963721414559125. Full Text