Carnegie Mellon University

David Creswell

David Creswell

Associate Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise

Health Psychology, Social Psychology


David’s research focuses broadly on understanding what makes people resilient under stress. Specifically, he conducts community intervention studies, laboratory studies of stress and coping, and neuroimaging studies to understand how various stress management strategies alter coping and stress resilience. For example, he is currently working on studies that test how mindfulness meditation training impacts the brain, peripheral stress physiological responses, and stress-related disease outcomes in at-risk community samples. David also explores how the use of simple strategies (self-affirmation, rewarding activities, cognitive reappraisal) can buffer stress and improve problem-solving under pressure.

David has made some recent research forays into other areas, such as in describing the role of unconscious processes in learning and decision making, developing new theory and research on behavioral priming, and in building a new field of health neuroscience.


Google Scholar Profile

Dutcher, J.M., Creswell, J.D., Pacilio, L.E., Klein, W.M.P, Harris, P.R., Levine, J.M., Bower, J.E., Muscatell, K.A., Eisenberger, N.I. (in press). Self-affirmation activates the ventral striatum: A possible reward-related mechanism for self-affirmation. Psychological Science. 

Taren, A., Gianaros, P.J., Greco, C.M., Lindsay, E.K., Fairgrieve, A., Brown, K.W., Rosen, R.K., Ferris, J.L., Julson, E., Marsland, A.L., Bursley, J.K., Ramsburg, J., & Creswell, J.D. (in press). Mindfulness meditation training alters stress-related amygdala resting state functional connectivity: a randomized controlled trial. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Creswell, J.D. & Lindsay, E.K. (2014). How does mindfulness training affect health? A mindfulness stress buffering account. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 401-407.

Creswell, J.D., Pacilio, L.E., Lindsay, E.K., & Brown, K.W. (2014). Brief mindfulness meditation training alters psychological and neuroendocrine responses to social evaluative stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 44, 1-12.

Creswell, J.D., Bursley, J., Satpute, A.B. (2013). Neural reactivation links unconscious thought to improved decision making. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 863-869.