(Fleshner, Monika - 2009) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work
Award or Honor Receipt
Professor Fleshner is widely known for her advances in the interdisciplinary area of psychoneuroimmunology, which is the study of the connection between psychological processes and the human body. Her research addresses the interactions between the immune, endocrine, and central nervous systems—in particular, the ways in which stress affects the immune system and the protective effects of physical activity. One of her important discoveries was the unexpected and harmful impact of chronic stress on the immune system and how physical activity provides a buffer against such negative effects. These significant contributions to the study of stress on the immune system have garnered international recognition. Professor Fleshner was elected to the scientific council of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society and was appointed to the program committee of the International Society for Exercise Immunology. She serves as assistant editor for Exercise Science and Sport Reviews and has served as a grant reviewer for NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Her research accomplishments have been recognized by awards including the Independent Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and the Young Investigator Award from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.