Carnegie Mellon University


I have studied people with chronic illness for 30 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) social environmental variables, including communal coping, as well as relationships with family and friends for disease adjustment and (2) personality characteristics, specifically gender-related traits, influence psychological, behavioral, and physical health.

Current Studies

Adult Couples with Type 2 Diabetes (DSE, CHOICE)

Friendship and Diabetes Study (TBH)

Adults Couples with Type 1 Diabetes (DiADIC)