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Tracey Revenson

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Trained as one of the first generation of health psychologists, Dr. Revensonexamines how risk and resilience factors affect patient and caregivers’adjustment to chronic physical illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis andcancer. The central theme of her work has been the identification ofcontextual factors that optimize adjustment: Instead of focusing on whetherpsychosocial factors such as coping strategies or social support affectpsychological adaptation, her research addresses the questions of when,how, for whom, and under what conditions these effects occur. She was one of the originators of the field of dyadic coping, examining how couples’coping with stress affects each partner and the relationship. She hasstudied stress, coping and resilience among children, adolescents andadults, couples and families facing long-term chronic illnesses; theinfluence of both supportive and non-supportive interpersonal relationshipson mental health; the effects of gender and race on health and quality oflife; and the effects of brief behavioral medicine interventions for thoseliving with chronic illness. In adopting a contextual perspective, she haschosen to conduct research primarily in naturalistic settings, and to askquestions that have the potential to promote positive social and individualchange.

Representative Publications

  • Revenson, T.A., Griva, K., Luszczynska, A., Morrison, V. Panagopoulu, E., Vilchinsky, N., & Hagedoorn, M. (2016). Caregiving in the Illness Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Revenson, T.A., Marín-Chollom, A.M., Rundle, A.G., Wisnivesky, J., & Neugut, A. (2016). Hey Mr. Sandman: Couple influences on sleep, depression and anxiety. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, DOI 10.1007/s10865-015-9693-7
  • Lepore, S.J., Revenson, T.A., Roberts, K.J., Pranikoff, J.R., & Davey, A. (2015). Randomised controlled trial of expressive writing and quality of life in women and men treated for colorectal cancer. Psychology & Health, 30 (3), 284-300. DOI:10.1080/08870446.2014.97179
  • Travagin, G., Margola, D., & Revenson, T.A. (2015). How effective are expressive writing interventions for adolescents? A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 36, 42–55. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2015.01.00
  • Vilchinsky, N., Dekel, R., Revenson, T.A., Liberman, G., & Mosseri, M. (2015). Caregivers' burden and depressive symptoms: The moderational role of attachment orientations. Health Psychology, 34 (3), 262-269. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000121
  • Baum, A., Revenson, T.A., & Singer, J.E. (Eds). (2012). Handbook of Health Psychology, 2nd edition. New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Badr, H., Carmack, C.L., Kashy, D.A., Cristofanilli, M. & Revenson, T.A. (2010). Dyadic coping in metastatic breast cancer. Health Psychology, 29 (2), 169-180. doi: 10.1037/a0018165 PMCID: PMC3138118
  • Lepore, S.J., & Revenson, T.A. (2007). Social constraints on disclosure and adjustment to cancer. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1 (1), 313–333. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9004.2007.00013.