Judith Carroll, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Member, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: 310.794.9678

Work Address:

UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
300 Medical Plaza, Suite 3330
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Carroll is the Endowed Chair of the George F. Solomon Professorship in Psychobiology in the department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science. She is a faculty member of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and leads the Aging Biology and Behavior Laboratory at the Cousins Center.  Dr. Carroll received her PhD in Biological and Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, and completed a NRSA postdoctoral training program in Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA before accepting her current faculty appointment at UCLA in the department of Psychiatry in 2013. Her research is focused on the links between psychological and behavioral factors with biological aging and disease risk. This research has investigated the role of sleep health in biological aging, early life adversities and aging, and the role of biobehavioral factors in cancer and aging. She has sustained research support from numerous granting agencies including the American Cancer Society, STOP Cancer, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Cancer Institute.


A selected list of publications:

Mandelblatt Jeanne S, Zhou Xingtao, Small Brent J, Ahn Jaeil, Zhai Wanting, Ahles Tim, Extermann Martine, Graham Deena, Jacobsen Paul B, Jim Heather, McDonald Brenna C, Patel Sunita, Root James C, Saykin Andrew J, Cohen Harvey Jay, Carroll Judith E   Deficit Accumulation Frailty Trajectories of Older Breast Cancer Survivors and Non-Cancer Controls: The Thinking and Living with Cancer Study Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2021; 5(2): pkab013.
Sedrak Mina S, Gilmore Nikesha J, Carroll Judith E, Muss Hyman B, Cohen Harvey J, Dale William   Measuring Biologic Resilience in Older Cancer Survivors Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2021; 39(19): 2079-2089.
Carroll Judith E, Ross Kharah M, Horvath Steve, Okun Michele, Hobel Calvin, Rentscher Kelly E, Coussons-Read Mary, Schetter Christine Dunkel   Postpartum sleep loss and accelerated epigenetic aging Sleep health, 2021; 7(3): 362-367.
Rentscher Kelly E, Carroll Judith E, Juckett Mark B, Coe Christopher L, Broman Aimee T, Rathouz Paul J, Hematti Peiman, Costanzo Erin S   Sleep Disruption, Fatigue, and Depression as Predictors of 6-Year Clinical Outcomes following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2021; 7(3): 362-367.
Van Dyk Kathleen, Joffe Hadine, Carroll Judith E   Sleep and endocrine therapy in breast cancer Current opinion in endocrine and metabolic research, 2021; 18: 165-170.
Carroll Judith E, Mahrer Nicole E, Shalowitz Madeleine, Ramey Sharon, Dunkel Schetter Christine   Prenatal maternal stress prospectively relates to shorter child buccal cell telomere length Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2020; 121(2): 104841.
Rentscher Kelly E, Carroll Judith E, Mitchell Colter   Psychosocial Stressors and Telomere Length: A Current Review of the Science Annual review of public health, 2020; 41(5): 223-245.
Carroll Judith E, Rentscher Kelly E, Cole Steven W, Luo James J, Ramilo Octavio, Webber Shannon, Lamkin Donald M, Christian Lisa M   Sleep disturbances and inflammatory gene expression among pregnant women: Differential responses by race Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2020; 88(1): 654-660.
Sehl Mary E, Carroll Judith E, Horvath Steve, Bower Julienne E   The acute effects of adjuvant radiation and chemotherapy on peripheral blood epigenetic age in early stage breast cancer patients NPJ breast cancer, 2020; 6(16): 23.
Carroll Judith E, Teti Douglas M, Hall Martica H, Christian Lisa M   Maternal Sleep in Pregnancy and Postpartum Part II: Biomechanisms and Intervention Strategies Current psychiatry reports, 2019; 21(3): 19.
Carroll Judith E, Irwin Michael R, Seeman Teresa E, Diez-Roux Ana V, Prather Aric A, Olmstead Richard, Epel Elissa, Lin Jue, Redline Susan   Obstructive sleep apnea, nighttime arousals, and leukocyte telomere length: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Sleep, 2019; 42(7): 327-334.
Carroll Judith E, Small Brent J, Tometich Danielle B, Zhai Wanting, Zhou Xingtao, Luta George, Ahles Tim A, Saykin Andrew J, Nudelman Kelly N H, Clapp Jonathan D, Jim Heather S, Jacobsen Paul B, Hurria Arti, Graham Deena, McDonald Brenna C, Denduluri Neelima, Extermann Martine, Isaacs Claudine, Dilawari Asma A, Root James, Stern Robert A, Mandelblatt Jeanne S, Mandelblatt Jeanne S   Sleep disturbance and neurocognitive outcomes in older patients with breast cancer: Interaction with genotype Cancer, 2019; 125(24): 4516-4524.
Nguyen Tanya T, Dev Sheena I, Chen Guanqing, Liou Sharon C, Martin Averria Sirkin, Irwin Michael R, Carroll Judith E, Tu Xin, Jeste Dilip V, Eyler Lisa T   Abnormal levels of vascular endothelial biomarkers in schizophrenia European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience, 2018; 268(8): 849-860.
Mandelblatt Jeanne S, Small Brent J, Luta Gheorghe, Hurria Arti, Jim Heather, McDonald Brenna C, Graham Deena, Zhou Xingtao, Clapp Jonathan, Zhai Wanting, Breen Elizabeth, Carroll Judith E, Denduluri Neelima, Dilawari Asma, Extermann Martine, Isaacs Claudine, Jacobsen Paul B, Kobayashi Lindsay C, Holohan Nudelman Kelly, Root James, Stern Robert A, Tometich Danielle, Turner Raymond, VanMeter John W, Saykin Andrew J, Ahles Tim   Cancer-Related Cognitive Outcomes Among Older Breast Cancer Survivors in the Thinking and Living With Cancer Study Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2018; 268(8): JCO1800140.
Rentscher Kelly E, Carroll Judith E, Repetti Rena L, Cole Steve W, Reynolds Bridget M, Robles Theodore F   Chronic stress exposure and daily stress appraisals relate to biological aging marker p16 Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2018; 102: 139-148.
Carroll Judith E, Van Dyk Kathleen, Bower Julienne E, Scuric Zorica, Petersen Laura, Schiestl Robert, Irwin Michael R, Ganz Patricia A   Cognitive performance in survivors of breast cancer and markers of biological aging Cancer, 2018; 268(8): 849-860.
Ross Kharah M, Cole Steve W, Carroll Judith E, Dunkel Schetter Christine   Elevated pro-inflammatory gene expression in the third trimester of pregnancy in mothers who experienced stressful life events Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2018; 268(8): 849-860.
Tometich Danielle, Small Brent J, Carroll Judith E, Zhai Wanting, Luta George, Zhou Xingtao, Kobayashi Lindsay C, Ahles Tim, Saykin Andrew J, Clapp Jonathan D, Jim Heather S L, Jacobsen Paul B, Hurria Arti, Graham Deena, McDonald Brenna C, Denduluri Neelima, Extermann Martine, Isaacs Claudine, Dilawari Asma, Root James, Rini Christine, Mandelblatt Jeanne S, Mandelblatt Jeanne S   Pre-treatment psychoneurological symptoms and their association with longitudinal cognitive function and quality of life in older breast cancer survivors Journal of pain and symptom management, 2018; 268(8): 849-860.
Kuhlman Kate Ryan, Robles Theodore F, Bower Julienne E, Carroll Judith E   Screening for childhood adversity: the what and when of identifying individuals at risk for lifespan health disparities Journal of behavioral medicine, 2018; 41(4): 516-527.
Needham Belinda L, Wang Xu, Carroll Judith E, Barber Sharrelle, S├ínchez Brisa N, Seeman Teresa E, Diez Roux Ana V   Sociodemographic correlates of change in leukocyte telomere length during mid- to late-life: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2018; 102: 182-188.
Ross Kharah M, Carroll Judith E   Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers' Health and Important Resources: Next Steps in Intervention Research Psychosomatic medicine, 2017; 79(7): 732-734.
Scuric Zorica, Carroll Judith E, Bower Julienne E, Ramos-Perlberg Sam, Petersen Laura, Esquivel Stephanie, Hogan Matt, Chapman Aaron M, Irwin Michael R, Breen Elizabeth C, Ganz Patricia A, Schiestl Robert   Biomarkers of aging associated with past treatments in breast cancer survivors NPJ breast cancer, 2017; 3(4): 50.
Carroll Judith E, Irwin Michael R, Levine Morgan, Seeman Teresa E, Absher Devin, Assimes Themistocles, Horvath Steve   Epigenetic Aging and Immune Senescence in Women With Insomnia Symptoms: Findings From the Women's Health Initiative Study Biological psychiatry, 2017; 81(2): 136-144.
Bei Bei, Seeman Teresa E, Carroll Judith E, Wiley Joshua F   Sleep and Physiological Dysregulation: A Closer Look at Sleep Intraindividual Variability Sleep, 2017; 40(9): 732-734.
Stout Stephanie A, Lin Jue, Hernandez Natalie, Davis Elysia P, Blackburn Elizabeth, Carroll Judith E, Glynn Laura M   Validation of Minimally-Invasive Sample Collection Methods for Measurement of Telomere Length Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 2017; 9(4): 397.
Kim Tae Ho, Carroll Judith E, An Suk Kyoon, Seeman Teresa E, Namkoong Kee, Lee Eun   Associations between actigraphy-assessed sleep, inflammatory markers, and insulin resistance in the Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) study Sleep medicine, 2016; 27-28(4): 72-79.
Mullington Janet M, Abbott Sabra M, Carroll Judith E, Davis Christopher J, Dijk Derk-Jan, Dinges David F, Gehrman Philip R, Ginsburg Geoffrey S, Gozal David, Haack Monika, Lim Diane C, Macrea Madalina, Pack Allan I, Plante David T, Teske Jennifer A, Zee Phyllis C   Developing Biomarker Arrays Predicting Sleep and Circadian-Coupled Risks to Health Sleep, 2016; 39(4): 727-36.
Robles Theodore F, Carroll Judith E, Bai Sunhye, Reynolds Bridget M, Esquivel Stephanie, Repetti Rena L   Emotions and family interactions in childhood: Associations with leukocyte telomere length emotions, family interactions, and telomere length Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2016; 63: 343-50.
Carroll Judith E, Cole Steven W, Seeman Teresa E, Breen Elizabeth C, Witarama Tuff, Arevalo Jesusa M G, Ma Jeffrey, Irwin Michael R   Partial sleep deprivation activates the DNA damage response (DDR) and the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) in aged adult humans Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2016; 51: 223-9.
Carroll Judith E, Seeman Teresa E, Olmstead Richard, Melendez Gerson, Sadakane Ryan, Bootzin Richard, Nicassio Perry, Irwin Michael R   Improved sleep quality in older adults with insomnia reduces biomarkers of disease risk: pilot results from a randomized controlled comparative efficacy trial Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2015; 55: 184-92.
Carroll Judith E, Esquivel Stephanie, Goldberg Alyssa, Seeman Teresa E, Effros Rita B, Dock Jeffrey, Olmstead Richard, Breen Elizabeth C, Irwin Michael R   Insomnia and Telomere Length in Older Adults Sleep, 2015; 63: .
Carroll Judith E, Irwin Michael R, Stein Merkin Sharon, Seeman Teresa E   Sleep and multisystem biological risk: a population-based study PloS one, 2015; 10(2): e0118467.
Carroll Judith E, Carrillo Carmen, Olmstead Richard, Witarama Tuff, Breen Elizabeth C, Yokomizo Megumi, Seeman Teresa, Irwin Michael R   Sleep deprivation and divergent toll-like receptor-4 activation of cellular inflammation in aging Sleep, 2015; 38(2): 205-11.
Irwin Michael R, Olmstead Richard, Carrillo Carmen, Sadeghi Nina, Breen Elizabeth C, Witarama Tuff, Yokomizo Megumi, Lavretsky Helen, Carroll Judith E, Motivala Sarosh J, Bootzin Richard, Nicassio Perry   Cognitive behavioral therapy vs. Tai Chi for late life insomnia and inflammatory risk: a randomized controlled comparative efficacy trial Sleep, 2014; 37(9): 1543-52.
Needham Belinda L, Carroll Judith E, Diez Roux Ana V, Fitzpatrick Annette L, Moore Kari, Seeman Teresa E   Neighborhood characteristics and leukocyte telomere length: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Health & place, 2014; 28(9): 167-72.
Carroll Judith E, Gruenewald Tara L, Taylor Shelley E, Janicki-Deverts Denise, Matthews Karen A, Seeman Teresa E   Childhood abuse, parental warmth, and adult multisystem biological risk in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2013; 110(42): 17149-53.
Carroll Judith E, Diez Roux Ana V, Fitzpatrick Annette L, Seeman Teresa   Low social support is associated with shorter leukocyte telomere length in late life: multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis Psychosomatic medicine, 2013; 75(2): 171-7.
Carroll Judith E, Diez-Roux Ana V, Adler Nancy E, Seeman Teresa E   Socioeconomic factors and leukocyte telomere length in a multi-ethnic sample: findings from the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA) Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2013; 28(42): 108-14.
Carroll Judith E, Cohen Sheldon, Marsland Anna L   Early childhood socioeconomic status is associated with circulating interleukin-6 among mid-life adults Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2011; 25(7): 1468-74.
Carroll Judith E, Low Carissa A, Prather Aric A, Cohen Sheldon, Fury Jacqueline M, Ross Diana C, Marsland Anna L   Negative affective responses to a speech task predict changes in interleukin (IL)-6 Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2011; 25(2): 232-8.
Robles Theodore F, Carroll Judith E   Restorative biological processes and health Social and personality psychology compass, 2011; 5(8): 518-537.
Carroll Judith E, Marsland Anna L, Jenkins Frank, Baum Andrew, Muldoon Matthew F, Manuck Stephen B   A urinary marker of oxidative stress covaries positively with hostility among midlife community volunteers Psychosomatic medicine, 2010; 72(3): 273-80.
Prather Aric A, Carroll Judith E, Fury Jacqueline M, McDade Kevin K, Ross Diana, Marsland Anna L   Gender differences in stimulated cytokine production following acute psychological stress Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2009; 23(5): 622-8.
Flint Melanie S, Carroll Judith E, Jenkins Frank J, Chambers William H, Han Melissa L, Baum Andrew   Genomic profiling of restraint stress-induced alterations in mouse T lymphocytes Journal of neuroimmunology, 2005; 167(1-2): 34-44.