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

Goldberg, Wendy A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Granger, Doug, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Interactions between behavior, stress hormones, and immune function and their relations to developmental psychopathology

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

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

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)

Stokols, Dan, Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Environmental Psychology, Science of Team Science, Transdisciplinary Public Health

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


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