Health Psychology

This specialization focuses on understanding the psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence the onset or progression of illness and disease and the effectiveness of health promotion programs and medical treatments. Training will allow students to develop a strong foundation in the theoretical perspectives, research methods, intervention strategies, ethical issues, and current controversies in the field of health psychology.


Borelli, Jessica, Ph.D., Yale University
Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Campos, Belinda, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Culture, relationships, positive emotion, health

Charles, Susan T., Ph.D., University of Southern California
Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Ditto, Peter H., Ph.D., Princeton University
Social cognition, motivated judgment and decision-making process, social psychology

Heckhausen, Jutta, Ph.D., University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
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 D., Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
Health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth

Nation, Daniel, Ph.D., University of Miami
Clinical neuropsychology

Pressman, Sarah, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Health Psychology; Positive Emotions; Stress Physiology; Psychosocial effects on physiology and health

Riis, Jenna, Ph.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Early life adversity; stress; salivary bioscience; neuroendocrine-immune relations; program implementation and evaluation

Rinehart, Jenny,  Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Sexual Victimization Prevention, Risk Perception

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

Thayer, Julian, Ph.D., New York University
Health psychology, Psychopathology, Health disparities, Heart rate variability, Emotions, Stress

Yim, Ilona S., Ph.D., University of Trier, Germany
Psychobiology of stress, stress in pregnancy, women's health, developmental psychobiology, behavioral genetics, assessment of stress

Zinger, Joanne, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology