Jennifer E. Graham-Engeland

 Jennifer Graham-Engeland

Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Contact Information

129 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-7525


Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2003

Teaching Interests

Interdisciplinary Integration in Biobehavioral Health; Gender and Health; Social and Health Psychology.

Research Interests

Dr. Graham-Engeland investigates the impact of psychological stress on physical health and the psychological, physiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying stress and health connections. She emphasizes the impact of cognitive and emotional responses to stress (e.g., rumination, meaning-making, anger) that are potential targets for non-pharmacological intervention. Drawing on perspectives from social psychology and psychoneuroimmunology, specific topics include: 1) adaptive consequences of recognizing and expressing negative emotion; 2) how emotion, depressed mood, inflammation, and physical pain are bi-directionally connected; 3) the use of immune-related biomarkers (particularly inflammatory markers) as outcomes or mediators of stress and health phenomena, and 4) the relevance of situational forces (e.g., relationship dynamics) and individual differences (e.g., hostility, loneliness, and gender) on stress and health connections, with particularly emphasis on chronic pain and inflammation.

The Stress and Health Lab Web Pages

Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Graham-Engeland vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Human Development
  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest