Mary S. Himmelstein received her PhD in social psychology and intradisciplinary health from the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in May 2016.  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Her research program tackles the complex relationship between stigma and health.  Using a variety of methodological and statistical  techniques, she examines health broadly via physiological, behavioral, and psychological pathways.  Specifically, her research program explores how (1) self-perceptions, (2) masculinity and (3) coping strategies influence the relationships between stigma and physiological reactivity, stigma and health behavior, as well as stigma and attitudes about health. Going beyond simple cause and effect relationships, her research seeks to explain why individuals may experience the same stressor (e.g., sizeism, racism, sexism), respond in vastly different ways, and thus experience different health consequences.