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MEET THE RESEARCHERS

Kain PhotoZeev Kain, MD, MBA
Director

Zeev Kain, MD, MBA, is a Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical Research and the Director of the UCI Center on Stress & Health, is recognized as an international expert in the clinical management of perioperative fear and anxiety, and management of children undergoing invasive medical procedures. His research addresses major dilemmas encountered in the management of affected children. Over his 20-year career, Dr. Kain has worked with more than 3,000 children and published more than 150 articles, research that has triggered a change in the way children are treated during invasive medical procedures and before and after surgery. Because of his research, children around the world now suffer less anxiety before and less pain after surgeries. Here, at the UCI Center on Stress & Health, Dr. Kain is the lead investigator for studies funded by National Institute of Health (NIH). His goal is to continue to do research that will benefit children and their parents.

Fortier PhotoMichelle Fortier, PhD
Co-Director

Michelle Fortier, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine Health and Co-Director of the UCI Center on Stress & Health. In addition, she is on medical staff in the Department of Pediatric Psychology at CHOC Children’s hospital. Dr. Fortier received her PhD in clinical child psychology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Her clinical and research interests involve the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent pain, including chronic pain conditions (e.g., headache, recurrent abdominal pain, generalized pain), recurrent pain as a result of chronic illness (e.g., cancer), and acute procedural or postsurgical pain. In addition, Dr. Fortier has a program of research incorporating health information technology to improve the management of pain and symptoms in children.

Maurer PhotoEva Maurer
Director of Operations

Eva Maurer received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and has worked in research for the past 12 years. She has been with the center since 2009 and is responsible for overseeing day to day research activities while ensuring that the lab continues to move forward to find ways to help children and parents. Eva's past experience includes working in a psychiatry research lab at UCSD on studies involving postpartum, menopausal and premenstrual depression as well as in epidemiology at UC Irvine on studies of pancreas cancer and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Martinez PhotoAriana Martinez
Research Associate

Ariana is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. She currently coordinates multiple studies with the oncology group at CHOC and works to administer interventions including new technology interfaces for managing pain in the home setting. Her previous work with children includes a social skills management program for 3 to 5 year old children and their parents at the UCI Child Development Center. The program served as an intermediary between a pre-diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD) / attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and prescription medication. She plans to continue health disparities research at the UCI Center on Stress & Health and pursue a graduate degree in public health.

Stevenson PhotoRobert Stevenson
Research Associate

Robert received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently working on various projects including a study called P-TIPS, which examines anxiety levels of children that are undergoing surgery and their interactions with health care providers. Robert’s previous research experience includes examining how stressful situations characterized by social evaluation and rejection influence physiological responses such as cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and other outcomes. He also worked on a study that looked at the potential cultural differences in thought suppression within the college student population. The experiences he gains at the UCI Center on Stress and Health will help him work towards his ultimate goal of receiving a PhD in psychology.

Image coming soonMaria Vivero
Research Associate

Marla graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. She is currently the project coordinator for the CHRIS study, a project that aims to incorporate animation technology to the CHRIS child questionnaire and validate new modules measuring preoperative anxiety and postoperative pain in children undergoing surgery. Marla first became involved in health psychology research as a student intern at the UCI Center on Stress and Health, where she helped with participant recruitment and collaborated with other researchers on a health care disparities study aiming to develop an intervention to improve the perioperative experience in Latino families and children. Her experience in research has helped to further define her career goals, which include obtaining a PhD in clinical psychology.

GRADUATE STUDENTS & POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Gentle PhotoBrooke Gentle
Psychology Doctoral Student

Brooke is a Psychology doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine. She received a Master's degree in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton and a Master's degree in Health and Strategic Communication from Chapman University. Brooke conducts research in health psychology. She enjoys working at the UCI Center on Stress & Health to help with research that will increase the welfare of children.