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 NIA through a T32 training grant (T32-AG000029) provided to the Center for 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 minor in Health Psychology from the University of Arizona. He completed his doctoral internship at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle.

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

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

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

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.

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

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