Chantel M. Ulfig, M.S., is a doctoral student at the University of Florida (UF), in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology within the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Chantel attended Central Michigan University as an undergraduate, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with a Bachelor in Science, double majoring in Psychology and Family Studies. Having a strong interest in research and clinical psychology, she continued her education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she graduated with High Distinction, obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Health Psychology. Chantel received Master’s practicum experience in the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan conducting pre-surgical assessments for bariatric patients, co-leading bariatric support groups, and leading family meetings for liver transplant patients and their families. While attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn, under the mentorship of Dr. David Chatkoff and Dr. Michelle Leonard, she developed and conducted her Master’s thesis titled “The Role of Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies, Emotional Expressivity, and Ambivalence over Emotional Expression on Cognitive Stress Appraisals and Cardiovascular Reactivity during an Acute Stress Recall Task.” Chantel has always been interested in chronic health conditions and individual’s emotion regulation strategies, physiological responses, and coping. Her current interests lie in psycho-oncology and psychoneuroimmunology. She is currently in the Clinical Health Psychology track, working under the mentorship of Dr. Deidre Pereira in her Psycho-Oncology Lab. In Chantel’s free time when she is not busy with classes or working in the research lab, she enjoys traveling, being in the outdoors, watching movies, golfing, playing volleyball, shopping, and visiting friends and families from back home in cold Michigan.
Chantel’s primary research interests lie in Clinical Health Psychology. She is broadly interested from a clinical and research standpoint in how biopsychosocial factors interact to influence physiological health and disease outcomes. Specifically, she is interested in psycho-oncology and psychoneuroimmunology examining how pre-surgical factors influence post-surgical outcomes and coping with cancer. Her interests include examining stress, health behaviors, sleep, pain, and emotion management strategies. In addition, she has an interest in examining the psychological and physiological impact of chemotherapy on women, and wants to work towards developing psychological interventions to improve medical health outcomes. Chantel is currently working as a Graduate Researcher in Dr. Deidre Pereira’s Psycho-Oncology Lab where she is able to further her research career among the cancer population.
Ulfig, C. M., Chatkoff, D. K., Leonard, M. T. (In Review) Emotion Management and Health Risk: Associations of Emotion Management Strategies to Cognitive Stress Appraisals and Heart Rate Variability Reactivity.
Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C. M., Esparza-Duran, D., Postupack, R. A., Smith, S. G., Telepak, L. C., Wong, S., & Pereira, D. B. (March 2016). Daytime dysfunction associated with preoperative sleep disturbance predicts postoperative length of hospital stay among women undergoing surgery for suspected gynecologic cancer. Oral presentation at the American Psychosomatic Society: 74th Annual Scientific Meeting, Denver, CO.
Elsiss, F., Ftouni, A., Wesolowicz, D., Ulfig, C. M., Chatkoff, D. K., & Leonard, M. T. (March 2016). Ambivalence over Emotional Expression as a Mediator between Cognitive Stress Measures and Cardiovascular Reactivity. Poster session presented at the American Psychosomatic Society: 74th Annual Scientific Meeting, Denver, CO.
Ulfig, C. M., Kovenich, A. L., Choe, J. S., Chatkoff, D. K., & Leonard, M. T. (April 2015). A Novel Approach to Arab American Health Disparities: A Preliminary Study of Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies, Affect, and Cardiovascular Functioning. Poster session presented at the 22nd Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Behavioral Science, Toledo, OH.
Ulfig, C. M., Chatkoff, D. K., & Leonard, M. T. (April 2014). Role of Emotion Regulation, Stress Appraisal, and Heart Rate Variability Reactivity to a Stress Task. Poster session presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine: 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, San Antonio, TX.
Ulfig, C. M., Chatkoff, D. K., & Leonard, M. T. (October 2014). The Role of Ambivalence over Emotional Expression on Cognitive Stress Appraisals and Cardiovascular Reactivity during an Acute Stress Recall Task. Poster session presented at the University of Michigan – Dearborn Health Psychology Research Symposium, Dearborn, MI.
Ulfig, C. M. & Monahan, J. S. (April 2009). Incongruent Probability and Congruity with Typed Letter Responding. Oral presentation at Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology 101st Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA.
Monahan, J. S., Ulfig, C. M., Pienkosz, K. M., & Bosch, S. J. (April 2009). The Stroop Effect: Probability and Congruity with Typed Letter Responding. Poster session at the Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Awards and Distinctions
Valedictorian of Stevenson High School
CMU Academic Honors Scholarship & Outstanding High School Student Scholarship
Dean’s List (all career)
Central Michigan University Department of Psychology Recognition of Excellence Award
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Michigan University
2014 Honors Scholar Award- University of Michigan – Dearborn
Received U of M Dearborn Health Psychology Research Symposium- Student Poster Award
Graduated with High Distinction from University of Michigan – Dearborn
Associate Member of American Psychosomatic Society
Associate Member of Society of Behavioral Medicine
Associate Member of Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology
National Collegiate Honors Society