department of psychology

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Juliana Breines


Dr. Breines’ research examines how people process and respond to social evaluative threats, with a focus on the effects of self-compassion and self-criticism on health-relevant behavioral and biological outcomes.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2012

B.A., University of Michigan, 2005


Breines, J. G., & Ayduk, O. (2015). Rejection sensitivity and vulnerability to self-directed hostile cognitions following rejection. Journal of Personality, 83(1), 1-13.

Breines, J. G., McInnis, C., Kuras, Y., Thoma, M. V., Gianferante, D., Hanlin, L., Chen, X. & Rohleder, N.  (2015). Self-compassionate young adults show lower salivary alpha amylase responses to repeated psychosocial stress. Self and Identity, 14(4), 390-402.

Gianferante, D., Thoma, M.V., Hanlin, L., Chen, X., Breines, J. G., Zoccola, P., & Rohleder, N. (2014). Post-stress rumination predicts HPA axis responses to repeated acute stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49, 244-252.

Breines, J. G., Thoma, M. V., Gianferante, D., Hanlin, L., Chen, X., & Rohleder. N. (2014). Self-compassion as a predictor of interleukin-6 response to acute psychosocial stress. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 37, 109-114.

Breines, J. G., Toole, A., Tu, C., & Chen, S. (2014). Self-compassion, body image, and self-reported disordered eating. Self and Identity, 13(4), 432-448.

Breines, J. G., & Chen, S. (2013). Activating the inner caregiver: The role of support-giving schemas in increasing state self-compassion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(1), 58-64.

Breines, J. G., & Chen, S. (2012). Self-compassion increases self-improvement motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1133-1143.

Impett, E.A., Henson, J. M., Breines, J. G., Schooler, D., & Tolman, D. L. (2011). Embodiment feels better: Girls’ body objectification and well-being across adolescence. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35(1), 46-58.

Crocker, J., Canevello, A., Breines, J. G., & Flynn, H. (2010). Interpersonal goals and change in anxiety and dysphoria in first-semester college students. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98(6), 1009-1024.

Impett, E. A., Breines, J. G., & Strachman, A. (2010). Keeping it real: Young women’s authenticity in relationships and daily condom use. Personal Relationships, 17(4), 573-584.

Breines, J. G., Crocker, J., Garcia, J. (2008). Self-objectification and well-being in women’s daily lives, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 583-598.

Crocker, J., Breines, J. G., Canevello, A., Liu, M. Y., Niiya, Y.  (2008).  Egosystem and ecosystem goals: Implications for learning, relationships, and well-being.  In R. Craven, H. Marsh, & D. McInerney (Eds.), Advances in Self Research (vol. 3). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Honors and Awards

Student Publication Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2013

Young Investigator Award, American Psychosomatic Society, 2012

National Research Service Award, National Institute on Aging, 2012-2015

Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2009-2012

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