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.

Reger, Greg M., et al. “The impact of exposure therapy on stigma and mental health treatment attitudes among active duty U.S. soldiers with combat related PTSD.Journal of Psychiatric Research, vol. 126, July 2020, pp. 98–104. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.05.005. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Social Distancing as a Health Behavior: County-Level Movement in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Associated with Conventional Health Behaviors.Annals of Behavioral Medicine : A Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, July 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1093/abm/kaaa049. Full Text

Cornelius, Talea, et al. “Partner presence in the emergency department and adherence to daily cardiovascular medications in patients evaluated for acute coronary syndrome.Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 43, no. 3, June 2020, pp. 402–10. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10865-020-00139-0. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “Bereavement is associated with reduced systemic inflammation: C-reactive protein before and after widowhood.Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Apr. 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2020.04.023. Full Text

Bourassa, K. J., et al. “The impact of prolonged exposure therapy on social support and PTSD symptoms.Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 260, Jan. 2020, pp. 410–17. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jad.2019.09.036. Full Text

Bourassa, Kyle J., et al. “The Impact of Exposure Therapy on Resting Heart Rate and Heart Rate Reactivity Among Active-Duty Soldiers With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 82, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 108–14. Epmc, doi:10.1097/psy.0000000000000758. Full Text

Memel, Molly, et al. “Working memory predicts subsequent episodic memory decline during healthy cognitive aging: evidence from a cross-lagged panel design.Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, vol. 26, no. 5, Sept. 2019, pp. 711–30. Epmc, doi:10.1080/13825585.2018.1521507. Full Text

Norr, Aaron M., et al. “Relationship between change in in-vivo exposure distress and PTSD symptoms during exposure therapy for active duty soldiers.Journal of Psychiatric Research, vol. 116, Sept. 2019, pp. 133–37. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.06.013. Full Text

Reger, Greg M., et al. “Lifetime trauma exposure among those with combat-related PTSD: Psychiatric risk among U.S. military personnel.Psychiatry Research, vol. 278, Aug. 2019, pp. 309–14. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2019.06.033. Full Text

Bourassa, K. J., et al. “After the end: Linguistic predictors of psychological distress 4 years after marital separation.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 36, no. 6, June 2019, pp. 1872–91. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0265407518774428. Full Text