Co-Lead, Society to Cell – Dr. Nancy Sin

Co-Lead, Society to Cell – Nancy Sin, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Nancy L. Sin (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health psychology, in addition to supervising undergraduate, MA, and PhD students. She serves on the Antiracism Task Force for the American Psychosomatic Society and previously served on the Executive Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Division on Adult Development and Aging. Dr. Sin established and directs the Diversity Mentorship Program to provide mentorship to students from diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology. Her work has been supported by grants as PI or Co-I from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Dr. Sin’s research focuses on biological and behavioural pathways linking daily well-being and stress to health. Her work has shown that emotional responses to daily stressors are associated with inflammatory, neuroendocrine, and autonomic mechanisms that are implicated in the development of aging-related conditions, including cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sin is particularly interested in daily positive events as protective factors for stress processes and health. The ultimate goal of this research is to contribute towards the development of strategies for promoting psychological and physical well-being across the adult lifespan. 

Research interests include:

  • Biological and behavioural pathways linking daily stress and emotions to long-term health and aging
  • Daily positive experiences in the context of stress, depression, and social inequity
  • Emotional well-being and aging
  • The cycle of stress and sleep in daily life