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My research interests lie in understanding whether and how cognitive and emotional factors may prolong physiological and psychological stress responses and the potential health consequences of this persistent activation. To date, my program of research has focused on how repetitive thought processes such as rumination and worry may influence physiological stress responses and related health outcomes. A few of questions that I address in my work include: Do individuals who ruminate, or mentally rehearse past stressors, have greater increases in stress hormones (cortisol), or inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein) in response to a stressful event, and do these stress-related changes persist after the stressor ends? What are the consequences of rumination and prolonged stress-related physiological activation? My work also aims to identify individual- and situation-level factors that may promote or prevent rumination and physiological activation. For example, are some individuals at greater risk for rumination? Are certain stressors or contexts more likely to elicit ruminative thought and increases in cortisol? My research program also addresses key methodological issues and questions: How do operational definitions of rumination impact associations with physiology? How can we best measure or manipulate ruminative thought?
BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (2002)
Inflammatory Responses to Acute Psychological Stress and Rumination. Ohio University Research Committee Grant. 01/2012 - 12/2012. PI. $7,985.
- Human Stress
- Psychology of Health & Illness
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)
- Social Endocrinology
Current Graduate Students:
- Wilson Figueroa
- Cari Hollenbeck
- Andrew Manigault
- Eileen Parry
- Erin Rabideau
- Alex Woody
For information about the Ph.D. Program in Experimental Psychology, click here.