Dr. Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Experimental Psychology
Dr. Xu was born in Fuling, China and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 5. She grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College High School (Class of 2001, Quantum Sheep). Dr. Xu received a B.A. in Psychology from New York University, an M.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University, and a Ph.D. in Social Health Psychology from Stony Brook University. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and The Miriam Hospital.
Dr. Xu conducts research in cardiovascular behavioral medicine, social psychology, and neuroscience, as well as the intersections between these fields. Behavioral health research areas include physical activity/sedentary behavior, weight control, and smoking. Some of Dr. Xu's work utilizes MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) methodology to investigate cerebrovascular perfusion, brain morphometry, and neural functioning associated with addiction, close relationship bonds, and cognition/mental health among adults with and without cardiovascular disease. Dr. Xu also conducts research on self-expansion as well as basic, applied, and cross-cultural research on romantic love. Finally, Dr. Xu also has interests in pedagogy and mentoring.