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, 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

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

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