Mary S. Himmelstein

Curriculum Vitae

CURRENT POSITION

Institution:       UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Position:            Postdoctoral Fellow

Mentor:             Rebecca M. Puhl


EDUCATION

Institution:      Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Degree:             Ph.D., May 2016

Major:                Social Psychology / Intradisciplinary Health Psychology 

Advisor:            Diana T. Sanchez

Dissertation Title: Breaking Down Barriers: Re-conceptualizing Social Pain to Shift Attitudes Toward Professional Help-seeking in Men


Institution:        Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Degree:               M.S., May 2014

Major:                  Social Psychology / Intradisciplinary Health Psychology

Advisor:              Diana T. Sanchez 

Thesis Title:     Masculinity, gender stereotypes and doctor preference.


Institution:         St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY

Degree:                M.A., October 2009

Major:                  General & Experimental Psychology

Thesis Title:      Sex, gender identity, and aggression in self-report, peer-report and an online task: Does gender identity predict aggressiveness?

 

Institution:      La Salle University

Degree:             B.A., summa cum laude, May 2006

Major:               Psychology (3.86) and Art History (4.0)

Thesis Title:    Psychology, Eating behaviors in the female college population.

Thesis Title:    Art History, Understanding children’s drawings.

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

2017                Scholarship Facilitation Fund Grant, Co-PI, University of Connecticut

2016               Grant-in-Aid, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

2016               Q&pAy Small Grant Competition Semi-finalist. Society for Personality and Social Psychology

2016               National Postdoc Appreciation Week Award for Best Datablitz, University of Connecticut. 

2016               Research Excellence Award, Social Psychology, Rutgers University 

2016               Dean's Research Award, Graduate School New Brunswick, Rutgers University

2016               Travel Award. Graduate School, New Brunswick, Rutgers University

2015               Research Excellence Award, Social Psychology, Rutgers University 

2015               Teaching Excellence Award, Psychology Department. Rutgers University

2015                Travel Award. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University

2015                Graduate Student Travel Award. Society for Personality and Social Psychology

2014                Matched Research  Grant. Psychology Department, Rutgers University

2014                Grant-in-Aid, Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues.

2014                Travel Award. Social Area, Psychology Department, Rutgers University

2014                Travel Award. Psychology Department, Rutgers University

2013                Graduate Service Award, Psychology Department, Rutgers University

2012                Travel Award. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University

2012-2016      Teaching Assistantship, Psychology Department, Rutgers University

2011-2012      Excellence Fellowship, Psychology Department, Rutgers University

2005               Honors Research Grant: Eating behaviors in the female college population, La Salle University

2004- 2006   Lillian Beresneck Miller Memorial Scholarship for Art History/ Fine Arts, La Salle University

2002-2006    Founders Scholarship for Academic Excellence, La Salle University

2002                Dottie Bell Memorial Scholarship

2002                Prince William Public Library Volunteer Scholarship

 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS  

*Denotes Shared First Authorship

+Denotes Undergraduate mentee


Himmelstein, M. S., Puhl, R. M. & Quinn, D. (in press, 2017). Intersectionality: An Understudied Framework for Addressing Weight Stigma. American Jouranl of Preventive Medicine. 


Kramer, B. L., Himmelstein, M. S., & Springer, K. W. (2017, in press). Getting to the Heart of Masculinity Stressors: Masculinity Threats Induce Pronounced Vagal Withdrawal during a Speaking Task. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 

Puhl, R. M., Himmelstein, M. S., Armstrong, S. C., Kingsford, E. (2017). Weighing words: Adolescent preferences and reactions to language about body weightInternational Journal of Obesity. 

Puhl, R. M., Himmelstein, M. S., Gorin, A. A., & Suh, Y. J. (2017). Missing the Target: Including Perspectives of Individuals with Obesity to Inform Stigma-reduction Strategies.  Obesity Science & Practice. doi 10.1002/osp4.101

Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2016a). Masculinity in the doctor's office: Masculinity, gendered doctor preference and doctor–patient communicationPreventive Medicine, 84, 34-40. doi 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.12.008.


Himmelstein, M. S. & Sanchez, D. T. (2016b). Masculinity impediments: Internalized masculinity contributes to healthcare avoidance in men and womenJournal of Health Psychology, 7, 1283-1292. doi 10.1177/0123456789123456. 


Sanchez, D. T., Himmelstein, M. S., Young, D. Y., Albuja, A., & Garcia, J. A. (2016).  Confronting as autonomy promotion: Speaking up against discrimination and psychological well-being in racial minoritiesJournal of Health Psychology, 21, 1999-2007. doi 10.1177/1359105315569619.


Himmelstein, M. S., Incollingo Belsky, A. C. & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015).  The weight of stigma: The effects of BMI and perceived body weight on cortisol reactivity to experiencing weight stigma.. Obesity, 23, 368-374. doi 10.1002/oby.20959. 


Himmelstein, M. S., Tomiyama, A. J. (2015). It’s not you, it’s me: Self-perceptions, antifat attitudes and stereotyping of obese individuals  Social Psychological & Personality Science, 6, 749-757. doi 10.1177/1948550615585831. 


Himmelstein, M. S.*, Young, D. M.*, Sanchez, D. T., & Jackson, J. (2015). Vigilance in the discrimination-stress model for black americans. Psychology & Health, 30, 253-267. doi. 10.1080/08870446.2014.966104. 


Kroeper, K. M. +, Sanchez, D. T. & Himmelstein, M. S. (2014). Heterosexual men's confrontation of sexual prejudice: The role of precarious manhood. Sex Roles, 70, 1-13. doi 10.1007/s11199-013-0306-z.


Himmelstein, M. S., Miron-Shatz, T., Hanoch, Y., & Gummerum, M. (2011). Over the counter cough and cold medicines for children: A comparison of UK and US parents’ parental usage, perception and trust in government health organization. Health, Risk & Society, 13, 451-468. doi 10.1080/13698575.2011.596189.


Hanoch, Y., Gummerum, M., Miron-Shatz, T., Himmelstein, M. S. (2010). Parents decision following the food and drug administration recommendation: The case of the over the counter cough and cold medicationChild: Care, Health, and Development, 36, 795-804. doi 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01075.x.


Hanoch, Y., Miron-Shatz, T., Cole, H., Federman, A., & Himmelstein, M. S. (2010). Choice, numeracy, and physicians-in-training performance: The case of medicare part d. Health Psychology, 29, 454-459. doi 10.1037/a0019881.


Hanoch, Y., Miron-Shatz, T., & Himmelstein, M. S. (2010). Genetic testing and risk interpretation: How do women understand lifetime risk result. Judgment and Decision Making, 5, 116-123.

MANUSCRIPTS IN REVISION OR UNDER REVIEW

+Denotes Undergraduate mentee or former undergraduate mentee

Himmelstein, M. S., Kramer, B. L., & Springer, K. W. (2017). Be a Man! Cortisol reactivity to masculinity threat. Manuscript under Review.

Himmelstein, M. S., Sanchez, D. T., & Stavrakis, E.+ (2017). Heavy Burdens: Negative coping style moderates the association between weight labeling and obesity Manuscript submitted for publication.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

Himmelstein, M. S. & Puhl, R. M. (2017). A Comparative Analysis of Weight Stigma in SES Matched Men and Women. Manuscript in Preparation.

Himmelstein, M. S., Puhl, R. M. & Quinn, D. M. (2016).  Getting by with Coping: Coping Strategies Mediate the Weight Stigma-Health Relationship . Manuscipt in Preparation.

Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2016). It's all for sport: Masculinity exacerbates sports-related injury and inhibits injury reporting in Division I male athletes. Manuscript in Preparation.

Kramer, B. L. & Himmelstein, M. S., & Springer, K. W.(2016). Unpacking the black box: Using Psychophysiology to better understand masculinities, aging and health. Manuscript in Preparation.

Springer, K. S., Mouzon, D. M., & Himmelstein, M. S. (2016). Where theory and measurement meet: Operationalizing hegemonic masculinity for population-based surveys of older men. Manuscript in Preparation. 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS & CONFERENCE TALKS (neé: Mary S. Tramel)

Himmelstein, M. S. (2016, October). Weighty burdens: Stigma-reduction strategies and self-perception in weight bias research. Social Psychology Brown Bag. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 


Himmelstein, M. S. & Puhl, R. M. (2016, September)A Comparative Analysis of Weight Stigma in SES Matched Men and Women.  National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) 2nd Annual Postdoc Datablitz Competition at UConn. University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT. 

Himmelstein, M. S. & Sanchez, D. T. (2016, February). Masculinity exacerbates sports-related injury and inhibits injury.   Paper accepted at the Social, Personality Health Network preconference at the 2016 SPSP Annual Convention in San Diego, California. 


Kramer, B. K., Springer, K. W. & Himmelstein, M. S. (2015, August). Unpacking the black box: Using psychophysiology to better understand masculinities and health. Paper presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago Illinois. 


Himmelstein, M. S., Tomiyama, A. J. & Sanchez, D. T. (2015, March) Jumping on the stigma bandwagon:  The importance of bystander action in the perpetuation of weight stigma. In Jamie Dunaev (Chair). Weight bias reduction: Strategies and interventions. Paper presented at the 2015 meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. 


Himmelstein, M. S., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015, February). The effect of weight stigma on hpa reactivity: The importance of self-perceived weight.   Paper presented at the Social, Personality Health Network preconference at the 2015 SPSP Annual Convention in Long Beach, California. 


Himmelstein, M. S. (2014, November). Masculine confines: The role of masculinity in healthcare avoidance, gendered doctor preference and symptom reporting.   Paper presented Social-Health Area Colloquium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 


Himmelstein, M. S. & Sanchez, D. T. (2014, February). Hidden costs of masculinity: Doctor preference and symptom reporting.  Paper presented at the Social, Personality Health Network preconference at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.


Sanchez, D. T., Himmelstein, M. S., & Garcia, J. A. (2012, June). Confronting as coping. An autonomy perspective on confronting discrimination.  Paper presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues, Charlotte, NC.


Tramel, M. S., Field, E., Collins, L.H. (2006, August). What they need to know in a nutshell: Educating colleagues, research assistants, and students about online data collection issues. In Lynn Collins (Chair) Online clinical research-advantages, challenges, and ethical issues. Symposium conducted at the 114th meeting of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA. 



POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Née Mary S. Tramel) 

+Denotes undergraduate mentee 

Addo, N. +, Alfonso, J. +, Jamalkhani, N. +, Kramer, B. L., Himmelstein, M. S., & Springer, K. W. (2015, April). The effect of perceived masculinity threats on heart rate: An experimental study.  Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium for the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates, Rutgers University.


Amato, K. +, DiFiore, D. +, Kramer, B. L., Himmelstein, M. S., & Springer, K. W. (2015, April).  The effect of masculinity threats on decision making. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium for the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates, Rutgers University.


Cabeza-Pimentel, A. +, Kadiyala, B. +, Himmelstein, M. S., Kramer, B. L., & Springer, K. W. (2015, April) Baseline task effectivity according to self-reported stress reports.  Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium for the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates, Rutgers University.


Lebidine, K. +, Himmelstein, M. S., Kramer, B. L., & Springer, K. W. (2015, April). Stress responses to masculinity threat.  Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium for the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates, Rutgers University. 


Springer, K. W., Kramer, B. K., Himmelstein, M. S. (2015, April) Identifying the physiological mechanisms underlying masculinity threats.  Poster presented at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University. 


Stavrakis, E. +, Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2015, April). Coping style as a moderator of the stigma-weight relationship.  Poster presented at the Psychology Honors Poster Session, Rutgers University. 


Himmelstein, M. S., Incollingo Belsky, A. C. +, & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015, March). The effect of weight stigma on hpa reactivity: The importance of self-perceived weight.  Poster presented at the 73rd annual scientific meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society.  Savannah, Georgia. 


Himmelstein, M. S. & Sanchez, D. T. (2015, February). He chose poorly: The influence of masculinity on male physician preference and symptom underreporting. Poster presented at 2015 SPSP Annual Convention in Long Beach, California. 


Kroeper, K.M., Sanchez, D.T., & Himmelstein, M.S., (2015, February). Confronters as crusaders: Perpetrator status moderates perceptions of non-target confronters of sexual minority prejudice. Poster presented at the SPSP Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA.


Kroeper, K.M., Sanchez, D.T., & Himmelstein, M. S. (2014, June). Meta-perceptions of confronters: "Won't confronting prejudice make me look bad?" Poster presented at the SPSSI Biennial Conference, Portland, OR.


Callahan, L. C. +, Incollingo Belsky, A. C. +, Himmelstein, M. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, May). Weighing heavily on your mind: Weight stigma causes psychological stress. Poster presented at Obesity Stigma: Psychological, Social, and Medical Causes and Consequences, Los Angeles, CA. 


Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2014, May) Hidden health costs of masculinity: Gender stereotypes, doctor preferences and symptom disclosure. Poster presented at the 26th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.


Himmelstein, M. S. & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, February).  Allergic to fat: Precursors to antifat attitudes, stereotyping and stigmatization of the  obese.  Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.


Tomiyama, A. J., Incollingo Belsky, A. C. +, Himmelstein, M. S., Mann, T. (2014, February). Diminish the self, expand the waist: how efforts to change overeating through stigma backfire. Poster presented at The 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.


Himmelstein, M. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2013, November). A picture is worth a thousand perceptions: Stereotype content of obese individuals. Poster presented at The Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting, Obesity Week 2013, Atlanta, GA.


Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2013, January) Traditional gender role attitudes may undermine men’s health . Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA. 


Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2012, September) Traditional gender role attitudes may undermine men’s health . Poster presented at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Fall Poster Session, New Brunswick, NJ. 


Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2012, June) Traditional gender role attitudes may undermine men’s Health. Poster presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues, Charlotte, NC.


Kroeper, K. +, Sanchez, D. T., & Himmelstein, M. S. (2012, June). The role of precarious manhood in confrontations of sexual prejudice. Poster presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues, Charlotte, NC.


Kroeper, K. +, Sanchez, D. T., & Himmelstein, M. S. (2013, May). “He’ll think I’m gay!” Masculinity-related barriers preventing confrontation of sexual prejudice.  Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.


Miron-Shatz, T., Hanoch, Y., & Himmelstein, M. S. (2009, June). Understanding of pregnancy-related risk. Poster presented at the 5th International Shared Decision Making Conference, Boston, MA. 


Collins, L. H., & Tramel, M. S. (2006, August). Does socialization contribute to sex differences in patterns of psychopathology? Poster presented at the 114th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA 

 

Tramel, M. S. (2006, April). Eating behaviors in the female college population. Poster presented at La Salle University Research Poster Day, Philadelphia, PA. 


AD HOC REVIEWER

Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Division 8: SPSSI Conference Programming

Frontiers in Psychology

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Health Psychology

International Journal of Men's Health

Journal of Health Psychology

Journal of Marriage & Family 

Obesity

Peer J

Psychology of Men & Masculinity

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Race & Social Problems

Social Psychology

Stigma & Health


 PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Heart Association

American Psychological Association

APA Division 8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology 

APA Division 9: Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues

APA Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women

APA Division 38: Society for Health Psychology

APA Division 51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

American Psychosomatic Society

Association for Psychological Science 

Social-Personality Health Network

The Obesity Society


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Institution: Bucks County Community College

Department: Social & Behavioral Science Department

Position: Part-Time Faculty Fall 2008 –  Spring 2017:  33  total sections of the courses listed below

Courses: Psychology of Personal Awareness (14), Introductory Psychology (6), Lifespan Development (2), Psychopathology (11). 


Institution: Rutgers University

Department: Psychology Department

Position Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012 – Spring 2016: 5 total section, one each as listed below

Courses: Adolescent Development (1), General Psychology (2), Neuropsychology (1), Personality Psychology (1)


Institution: Rutgers University

Department: Psychology Department

Position: Instructor, Summer 2012 – Summer 2016: 15 total sections of the courses listed below

Courses: Abnormal Psychology (2), Abnormal Psychology Laboratory (2), Health Psychology (3), Infant and Child Development Laboratory (5), Psychology of Sex & Gender (3)


Institution: Rutgers University

Department: Psychology Department

Position: Guest Lecturer, April 2015

Courses: Stereotyping & Prejudice 


Institution: Rutgers University

Department: Psychology Department: Stigma Health & Close Relationships Lab

Courses: Graduate training in psychophysiology, January 2015


Institution: Rutgers University

Department: Teaching Assistant Project 

Position: Guest Instructor, October 2014

Course: Teaching difficult/ controversial topics

UNDERGRADUATE MENTORING 

NOTE: These relationships involved significant mentoring of an undergraduate student. All mentees either published a paper or presented a poster on the collaborative work. 


Kathryn Kroeper (Honors Student, SHCR Lab), Rutgers University                Fall 2011 – Spring 2014

Angela C. Incollingo Belsky (Research Assistant, DiSH Lab), Rutgers University        Spring 2012 

              University of California Los Angeles                        Fall 2012 – Spring 2014

Katherine Amato (Aresty Student, HEART Lab), Rutgers University                Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Alexis Cabeza-Pimentel (Research Assistant, HEART Lab), Rutgers University        Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Danielle DiFiore (Aresty Student, HEART Lab), Rutgers University                Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Bhavana Kadiyala(Research Assistant, HEART Lab), Rutgers University      Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Kathryn Lebidine (Research Assistant, HEART Lab), Rutgers University      Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Evagelia Stavrakis (Honors Student, SHCR Lab), Rutgers University        Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Lindsey Roth (Honors Student, SHCR Lab), Rutgers University                Fall 2015 – Spring 2016


SERVICE 

Graduate Student SONA Administrator, Psychology Department   Fall 2012 - Present
Social Area Representative, Psychology Department                   Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
Lab Manager, Stigma Health & Close Relationships Lab          Spring 2013 – Spring 2015
Judge for Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium          Spring 2014, Spring 2015

PREVIOUS PAID RESEARCH POSITIONS

Institution:      Princeton University

Department:    Office of Population Research, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing

Position:          Research Specialist II:  2009-2011

Supervisor:          Sara McLanahan

Duties:             Data cleaning, maintenance and analysis of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study,  large-scale longitudinal birth cohort. Answering user related data questions, writing documentation for data, constructing relevant scales and variables, writing  & editing academic papers for publication, attending research working groups, organizing conferences, writing newsletter and maintaining website. 

 

Institution:      Princeton University

Department:    Center for Health & Wellbeing

Position:          Research Specialist II & Gallup Scholar:  2008-2011

Supervisor:          Daniel Kahneman

Duties:             Data maintenance and analysis of the Gallup World Poll and Gallup Daily Poll.  Editing, note taking and reference for publication of  Thinking Fast & Slow.  Assisting in data collection, cleaning, maintenance, analysis and publication of manuscripts for Dr. T. Miron-Shatz