Dr. Cohen studies the effects of psychological stress, affect, interpersonal relationships,
and social status on endocrine response, immunity and susceptibility to immune mediated
diseases. His current work focuses on the role of early childhood experiences in adult health.
He is particularly interested in the effects of childhood experiences on the development of
immunity and of host resistance to infectious disease. Recent work also includes studies of
the role of positive emotions in physical health.
Leadership Positions and Honors
Elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association
James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for outstanding career contributions to applied
psychological research, American Psychological Society
World’s Most Cited Authors by Current Contents, Institute for Scientific Information
Patricia R. Barchas Award, American Psychosomatic Society
Senior Scientist Award, 1997-2002. Research Scientist Development Awards,
1987-1992; 1992-1997, National Institute of Mental Health
Cohen S. Social relationships and health. Am Psychol
Cohen S, Doyle WJ, Turner R, Alper C, Skoner DP.
Childhood socioeconomic status and host resistance to infectious
illness in adulthood. Psychosom Med 66:553-558, 2004.
Cohen S. Keynote presentation at the eighth International Congress of
Behavioral Medicine: The Pittsburgh common cold studies--
Psychosocial predictors of susceptibility to respiratory infectious illness.
J Behav Med 12:123-131, 2005.
Pressman S, Cohen S. Does positive affect influence health?
Psychol Bull, in press. 131:925-971, 2005.
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