Kyle Bourassa, Ph.D.
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. “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
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