Faculty research 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. Health Psychology training involves a strong commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship and an emphasis on knowledge and theory, research competencies, and professional skills.


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

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

Rook, Karen, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

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

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