Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
Dr. Puterman is an Assistant Professor at University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Fitness, Aging, and Stress Laboratory. He completed undergraduate degrees in Physiology and Psychology in Montreal, Quebec, his MA in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Health Psychology at The University of British Columbia.
Since his arrival at UCSF, he has been involved in health psychology research at the Department of Psychiatry and Center for Health and Community. His research program aims to explore the psychological and biological benefits of physical activity to individuals experiencing chronic stress in their daily lives. His research employs varied methodologies to examine these questions, from studies with prospective, nationally representative samples to randomized controlled intervention trials. He is currently preparing a 6-month exercise intervention for highly stressed adult caregivers who provide informal daily care to family members with Alzheimer's disease.
This research will expand the understanding of whether physical activity can protect chronically stressed individuals from accelerated biological aging and development of psychiatric problems. This research holds the promise of developing future home-based and widespread interventions for those experiencing elevated stress in their lives.
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