Professor of Medical Psychology; Charité University Medicine Berlin
Associate Professor; University of California, Irvine
Claudia Buss is a Professor of Medical Psychology at the Charité University Medicine Berlin, and an Assistant Professor in the UC Irvine Development, Health and Disease Research Program. She has a background, training and expertise in the area of stress psychobiology and brain development and her major interests are in developmental programming of health and disease risk, with an emphasis on the effects of stress and stress-related biological (maternal-placental-fetal endocrine, immune, genetic) and behavioral (nutrition, physical activity, smoking/drug use) processes during human pregnancy and fetal brain development as well as other health-related infant outcomes. She is furthermore interested in the biological intrauterine mechanisms underlying the transgenerational transmission of maternal childhood trauma exposure to her offspring. She is the PI of several NIH funded studies elucidating the impact of variation in maternal stress biology during pregnancy for newborn and infant brain development and she is the PI of a center grant funded by the European Commission that focuses on epigenetic processes that may underlie the transgenerational transmission of maternal childhood trauma exposure to her offspring.