Dr. Kim Pulvers is a clinical health psychologist and Associate Professor at California State University San Marcos. Dr. Pulvers received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology and Master of Public Health from the University of Kansas, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Pulvers' research focuses on stress and health. Her areas of interest include health disparities; nicotine and tobacco use and other addictive behaviors; mental health; and positive psychology.
Measurement of health in this lab includes both mental health issues such as anxiety and depression symptoms and behavioral health issues such as substance use and sleep. The lab also includes the measurement of positive psychological factors such as resilience. Stress is measured using laboratory assessments such as the cold pressor test or Trier Social Stress Test, and physiological measures including heart rate and cortisol. This lab also conducts work on tobacco use and tobacco control, with a focus on college smoke and tobacco free policies and emerging products such as electronic cigarettes.
The Clinical Health Psychology Lab is currently composed of four graduate students, ten undergraduates, and five post baccalaureate trainees. We are a collaborative team and use a peer-mentoring model under the guidance of Dr. Pulvers, which provides valuable leadership opportunities to students. This lab is active in providing opportunities for students to develop and test research questions for presentation at scientific or local conferences.
If you are interested in joining the Pulvers Lab, please see the Prospective Students tab.