Carnegie Mellon University

David Creswell

David Creswell

Associate Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise

Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Health Neuroscience, Psychoneuroimmunology


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

Creswell, J.D., Villalba, D., Chin, B., & Lindsay, E.K. (in press). Mindfulness interventions for physical health: mechanisms and outcomes. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Chin, B., Lindsay, E.K., Greco, C., Brown, K.W., Smyth, J., & Creswell, J.D. (in press). Acceptance skills drive stress resilience in a mindfulness training randomized controlled trial. Health Psychology.     

Lindsay, E.K., Young, S., Brown, K.W., Smyth, J., & Creswell, J.D. (2019). Mindfulness training reduces loneliness and increases social contact in a randomized controlled trial. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 3488-3493

Dutcher, J.M. & Creswell, J.D. (2018). The role of brain reward pathways in stress resilience and health. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 95, 559-567.   

Schumer, M., Lindsay, E.K., & Creswell, J.D. (2018). Brief mindfulness interventions and negative affectivity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86, 569-583.

Creswell, J.D. (2017). Mindfulness Interventions. Annual Review of Psychology, 68, 491-516.