Behavioral medicine is the interdisciplinary field focused on the generation and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Behavioral Medicine Research Lab at the University of California, Irvine conducts innovative studies of biobehavioral processes related to psychological adjustment and coping in the context of chronic disease and health-related adversity with a focus on cancer survivorship.

Michael A. Hoyt, Ph.D. - Director

Michael Hoyt is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Lab at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Arizona State University and his Master’s degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine-Emerson College program in Health Communication. He completed his clinical internship at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in behavioral medicine/neuropsychology and a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Institute of Mental the University of California, Los Angeles in health psychology and psychoneuroimmunology.

His research is focused on biobehavioral processes associated with quality-of-life in those facing chronic illness. He conducts basic and clinical research to examine coping processes and other psychological factors associated with mental health, neuroendocrine and immune function, and adjustment to illness, with an emphasis on men and male-specific cancers.

Dr. Hoyt is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine and is a past recipient of the New Investigator Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society in recognition of his research contributions to psycho-oncology. He has received competitive funding for his work including awards from the Livestrong Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, and Department of Defense. His work is published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals including Health Psychology, Cancer, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Graduate Students


Sugandha Gupta

Doctoral Student, Clinical Researcher


La Keisha Jeanmarie

Doctoral Student, Public Health

Julie Ann Kircher

Doctoral Student, Psychological Science

Karen Llave

Doctoral Student, Public Health

Research Staff

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Raymond Ceja Carrillo

Research Coordinator

Kareem Gilberto Torres

Research Coordinator

Research Assistants


Rebeca Arreola

Undergraduate Student, Psychological Science

Justin Dunkin

Post-Baccalaureate, Psychological Science


Raechel Rix

Post-Baccalaureate, Psychological Science


Elizabeth Ziola

Undergraduate Student, Public Health

Former Lab Members

Former Post Doctoral Researchers

                 Ashley Weiting Wang, Ph.D.

                 Mary Carol Mazza, Ph.D.

Former Doctoral Students

                  Zeba Ahmad, M.A., Ed.M.

                  Katie Darabos, Ph.D.

                  Sean Ryan, MS

                  Caroline Zimmermann, MS


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University of California, Irvine

Behavioral Medicine Research Lab

Social Ecology II  Suite 1362

Irvine, California 92697

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