Health Psychology

Research in the area of health psychology focuses on understanding the psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence the onset or progression of illness and disease and on the effectiveness of health promotion programs and medical treatments.


Borelli, Jessica Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Campos, Belinda Culture, relationships, positive emotion, health

Charles, Susan Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Ditto, Peter Social cognition, motivated judgment and decision-making process, social psychology

Goldberg, Wendy Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Granger, Doug Interactions between behavior, stress hormones, and immune function and their relations to developmental psychopathology

Heckhausen, Jutta Life-span developmental psychology, motivation and developmental regulation in children, adolescents, and adults, control and health, cultural universals and differences in achievement behavior

Jamner, Larry Health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth

Pressman, Sarah Health psychology, positive emotions, stress physiology, psychosocial effects on physiology and health

Riis, Jenna Early life adversity; stress; salivary bioscience; neuroendocrine-immune relations; program implementation and evaluation

Rinehart, Jenny Health psychology, clinical psychology, sexual victimization prevention, risk perception

Rook, Karen Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

Silver, Roxane Cohen Coping with stressful life events (e.g., personal traumas, natural disasters, terrorism)

Stokols, Dan Environmental psychology, science of team science, transdisciplinary public health

Yim, Ilona Health psychology, biopsychology of stress; stress, pregnancy and women's health; postpartum depression; intimate partner violence; minority health; refugee health

Zinger, Joanne Expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology