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PROFILE — J. David Creswell
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Area: Social/Personality/Health

Contact information:
Psychology office: 354L Baker Hall
Psychology phone: 412-268-9182

Health and Human Performance Laboratory
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Research Interests:

My research focuses broadly on how the mind and brain influence our physical health and performance. Much of my work examines basic questions about stress and coping, and in understanding how these factors can be modulated through stress reduction interventions. In one line of research, I am examining the stress pathways linking mindfulness meditation with improved health outcomes, and in understanding how the capacity to be mindful of one's moment-to-moment experiences can improve adaptive responding. In a second line of research, I am examining how self-affirmation reduces stress and quiets ego-responding. In summary, these areas of work aim to explore the underlying psychological mechanisms by which people can adaptively cope with adversity and flourish in life's pursuits.

Google Scholar Profile (Click to View a Complete Publications List)

Recent Publications:

Creswell, J.D., Bursley, J., Satpute, A.B. (in press). Neural reactivation links unconscious thought to improved decision making. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience.

Creswell, J.D., Dutcher, J., Klein, W., Harris, P., & Levine, J.L. (2013). Self-affirmation facilitates problem-solving under stress. PLoS One, 8, e62593.

Creswell, J.D., Pacilio, L.E., Denson, T.F., & Satyshur, M. (2013). Experimental manipulation of primary sexual reward buffers cortisol responses to psychosocial stress in men. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Creswell, J.D., Irwin, M.R., Burklund, L.J., Lieberman, M.D., Arevalo, J., Ma, J., Breen, E., & Cole, S. (2012). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training reduces loneliness and pro-inflammatory gene expression in older adults: a small randomized controlled trial. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity, 26, 1095-1101.

Creswell, J.D., Way, B.M., Eisenberger, N.I., & Lieberman, M.D. (2007). Neural correlates of dispositional mindfulness during affect labeling. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 560-565.


Assistant to Dr. Creswell:

Hayley Rahl

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  • Curriculum Vitae (dot file)
  • Health and Human Performance Laboratory
  • Google Scholar Profile
  • CMU Directory Information