Health Psychology


The broad purpose of research in Health Psychology is to understand reciprocal relationships between psychology and physical health. The specific focus of the Ohio University Health Psychology Group is on chronic illness including:

  1. investigation of psychological and biological factors that predispose to, precipitate, or maintain illness and disability, and


  2. development and evaluation of psychological interventions that enhance the functioning of individuals with chronic disorders.


Clinics and Laboratories

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  • Christopher France, Ph.D. (McGill University, 1991),
    - Research interests include psychophysiology of pain and cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, interventions to prevent blood donation syncope, stress and coping.
    Go to Laboratory.
  • Jennifer Howell, Ph.D. (University of Florida),
    Assistant Professor - Research interests include the self, decision-making, responding to threatening feedback, and health. 
  • Stephen Patterson, Ph.D. (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 1993),
    Associate Professor
    - Research interests include cardiovascular psychophysiology, psychological stress and hematology, rural health, racial and gender differences, behavioral epidemiology. Go to Laboratory 1 and Laboratory 2 and Laboratory 3.
  • Julie Suhr, Ph.D. (University of Iowa, 1994),
    - Research interests include neuropsychology of pain and other medical conditions, assessment and management of Alzheimer's disease, detection of malingering, effects of psychological state on neuropsychological performance.
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  • Peggy Zoccola, Ph.D. (University of California, 2010),
    Assistant Professor
    - Research interests include rumination and worry, stress and coping, sleep, cortisol, and effects of interpersonal and cognitive processes on physiology and health.
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Affiliated Faculty

  • Timothy Anderson, Ph.D. (Miami University, 1993),
    Associate Professor
    - Research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome research in the context of physical and mental illness, psychological assessment.


  • Bruce Carlson, Ph.D. (University of Michigan, 1984),
    Associate Professor
    - Research interests include the evaluation of diagnostic tests, generalized regression models.


  • Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, 1992),
    Associate Professor
    - Research interests include applications of judgment and decision-making research to medical decision making and public policy.


Research Faculty

  • Janis France, Ph.D. (McGill University, 1995),
    Assistant Research Professor


Research Staff

  • Bob Conatser, M.S. (Ohio University, 1987),
  • Lina K. Himawan, M.A. (University of Maryland, 2004),