Carnegie Mellon University

J. David Creswell

J. David Creswell

Associate Professor, Psychology

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Psychology
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


J. David Creswell’s work focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms guiding stress resilience. Using a blend of sophisticated health psychology and neuroscience methodologies, he has pioneered the neurophysiological pathways linking stress management strategies (e.g., mindfulness meditation, self-affirmation, rewards, cognitive reappraisal) with reduced stress reactivity and stress-related disease risk.

In 2014, Creswell was awarded the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.


Creswell also studies the role consciousness plays in guiding decision making and learning. He found that the brain regions responsible for making decisions continue to be active even when the conscious brain is distracted with a different task. The research provides initial indications that show how the brain unconsciously processes decision information in ways that lead to improved decision-making.


David’s work has been published in general science, health psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, and medical journals. He was recognized in 2011 as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, and in 2014 received the American Psychological Association Early Career Award for his scientific contributions to psychology.