Elizabeth A Bachen

Elizabeth Bachen
Professor of Psychology
Eugene E. Trefethen Jr. Faculty Awardee '20
NSB 242

Professional Interests: Clinical psychology, women's health, how psychological stress affects health, psychosocial and biological mechanisms of stress and health, psychoneuroimmunology

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 1998


Dr. Bachen is a professor of psychology and biopsychology, is director of the Mills Laboratory of Psychology and Health, and chairs the biopsychology program at Mills. She teaches courses in clinical psychology, psychopathology, health psychology, stress and disease, and statistics. Her research explores mind/body interactions and examines various psychosocial and biological pathways by which chronic stress affects health and well-being, and resiliency to stress. Areas of focus include coping with autoimmune illnesses, early life adversity, and anxiety and mood disorders. She and student research assistants in her lab are currently conducting a multi-year study of chronic stress, social relationships across the lifespan, and cortisol function in young adults, as well as a study of gender identity and social determinants of health in gender non-conforming individuals with a social justice perspective.


  • BS, University of California, Davis
  • MA, San Diego State University
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2021

Days Times Room
T 4:00 pm5:00 pm  
3:00 pm–4:00 pm  
  and by appointment  

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 109: Health Psychology
  • PSYC 109SL: Health Psychology with Service Learning
  • PSYC 110: Stress and Disease
  • PSYC 118: Psychopathology
  • PSYC 146: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC 192: History and Issues in Psychology