Studies-Gender, Relationships, Health Lab - Carnegie Mellon University


I have studied people with chronic illness for over 20 years.  The key feature of chronic illness is that it lasts, it is susceptible to recurrences, relapses, disease progression, and complications.  My research focuses on how (1) personality characteristics, specifically gender-related traits and perceptions of control, and (2) social environmental variables (i.e., relationships with friends, family, peers) influence psychological adjustment and physical health.