Biobehavioral and Social mechanisms of Infections, Vaccinations, and Vaccination Refusal

Thank you to all who joined us! Please see the archived video of meeting HERE.


  • AMBR updates by Council: 10 min (new members, next meetings, call for Officers)
  • FIRESIDE CHAT ON VIRAL INFECTIONS, VACCINATIONS, AND VACCINATION REFUSAL:  A Conversation and Discussion for Behavioral & Mechanistic Scientists We are featuring AMBR members who are international experts on viral infections. We will have a 10 min presentation each, 20 min conversation and 20 min  Q & A with ABMR members and guests. Bring your questions!  SEE BACKGROUND READINGS BELOW

  • Coffee Time to Connect: Personal updates and Chat (bring your own drink)


  1. Kavita Vedhara, Professor of Health Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham
  2. Steve Cole, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine
  3. Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology and Risk and Decision Science, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Psychosocial Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Pandemic stress and its predictors: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32933965/

Lockdown vs lock-up: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7649654/

Pandemics and the great evolutionary mis-match: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32428465/


Psychosocial Influences on Viral Infection

Psychosocial influences on respiratory virus infection: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32640177/

Social regulation of antiviral response:  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26598672/

Social neuroplasticity and antiviral resistance: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17699667/

Neuroendocrine mechanisms:  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18541906/


Psychosocial influences on vaccines:
Mood and vaccine responses: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31380684/

Psychological adjuvants in vaccination: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31068258/


Mechanisms of Psychosocial Effects on Immune Function

Ann Rev Psychology, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32886587/

Ann Rev Psychology, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19035829/

Psychosocial influences on vaccine uptake: 

STUCK: How Vaccine Rumors Start – and Why They Don’t Go Away  (Oxford U Press, 2020) Vaccine, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31987690/

Lancet Infect Dis: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31706795/

The Lancet: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32919524/