Carnegie Mellon University

David Creswell

David Creswell

Associate Dean of Research, Dietrich College; Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience Institute


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.

Research Areas

Affective/Clinical, Behavioral Methods, Cognitive Neuroscience, Diseases & Disorders, Executive Control & Memory, Health neuroscience, Reasoning & Problem Solving, Systems Neuroscience


Neuroscience Institute, Psychology