Dr. Jennings’ research program focuses on how psychological factors act through the brain
to influence normal and pathological change in the body. He currently is examining whether
activated brain blood flow in hypertensives is altered when hypertension is heated; whether
low and high physiological reactors to stress have different patterns of brain activation;
whether vagal influences maintain health in at-risk populations; and whether there are
psychological factors influencing balance in the elderly.
Leadership Positions and Honors
American Psychosomatic Society, 1979-present
American Psychosomatic Society Board of Directors, 1991-1994
American Psychosomatic Society President, 2001-2002
National Institute of Mental Health—MERIT Award, 1987-1992
President, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 1990
Jennings JR, Kamarck TW, Everson-Rose SA, Kaplan GA, Manuck SB,
Salonen JT. Exaggerated blood pressure responses during mental stress are
prospectively related to enhanced carotid atherosclerosis in middle-aged
Finnish men. Circulation 110:2198-2203, 2004.
Jennings JR, Muldoon MF, Ryan C, Price JC, Greer P, Sutton-Tyrrell K,
van der Veen FM, Meltzer CC. Reduced cerebral blood flow response and
compensation among patients with untreated hypertension.
Neurology 64:1358-1365, 2005.
Jennings JR, van der Molen MW. Preparation for speeded action as a
psychophysiological concept. Psychol Bull 131:434-459, 2005.
Gianaros PJ, Derbyshire SW, May JC, Siegle GJ, Gamalo MA, Jennings JR.
Anterior cingulate activity correlates with blood pressure during stress.
Psychophysiology 42:627-635, 2005.
"Biological Systems Influenced by Psychological Stress: Cardiovascular" ~ 2008 (S.I.)
"Brain Imaging in Behavioral Medicine" ~ May 12, 2008 (Workshop)
"NIH Grant Mechanisms" ~ May 28th, 2009 (Summer Institute)
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