I'm currently a doctoral candidate at UCSB working in Dr. Brenda Major's Self and Social Identity Lab. I also work closely with Dr. Janet Tomiyama's Dieting, Stress, and Health Lab at UCLA.
Broadly speaking, I'm interested in using insights from social and personality psychology to understand and ultimately improve health and wellbeing. I'm particularly interested in the mechanisms by which social and structural conditions (e.g., discrimination) can contribute to poorer health among marginalized and stigmatized populations.
Most of my research is focused on understanding the mental and physical effects of weight-based social identity threat. In other lines of work, my colleagues and I are examining factors that contribute to (and mitigate) anti-fat bias and seeking to understand the personal and social influences on cardiometabolic health among higher bodyweight individuals.
Feel free to see my CV, Google Scholar profile or email me if you have any questions!
Last updated: October 2016
Jeffrey M. Hunger, M.A.
Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara