Cinnamon Stetler was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College where she majored in psychobiology. After graduating, she worked at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the Boston VA Medical Center. Two years later she moved back to the Midwest to begin graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis. There she was fortunate enough to work with Gregory Miller, and valued his mentorship so highly that she decided to continue working with him at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, when he took a faculty position there. Along the way she earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from WashU and a Ph.D. in health psychology from UBC. In 2006, Dr. Stetler accepted a faculty position at Furman University, excited by the chance to return to a small college with liberal arts setting. Dr. Stetler teaches Health Psychology (Psy 312), What is Normal? (FYS 1132), Behavior Disorders (Psy 311) and Psychoneuroimmunology (Psy 480). She also teaches a Summer Scholars course for high school students on the Psychology of Stress.
Her research interests include the cardiovascular and endocrine pathways linking psychosocial factors (socioeconomic status, mood, personality, behaviors) and physical health. She is particularly interested in the effects of stressful experiences early in life on later physiological functioning. Her research has used ecological momentary assessment and internet-based methods to examine daily processes such as social interactions and HPA axis function. She is also interested in the impact of individual differences such as conscientiousness, depression, and attachment style on these daily processes. More recently, she has developed an interest in adherence. Dr. Stetler enjoys working with undergraduates and welcomes their involvement in her research lab.
In addition to research and teaching, Cinnamon is married to Jason Hayden, who also works in the psychology department. They have a daughter, Hazel, who was born on September 2, 2008. They also have a beagle named Otis and a cat named Dave. The whole group (minus the cat) can frequently be seen taking walks around the lake at Furman or on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
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*indicates undergraduate student collaborator
Wegman, H*., & Stetler, C.A. (2009). Child abuse and medical outcomes in adulthood: A meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, 805-812.
Stetler, C.A., & Miller, G.E. (2008). A laboratory-based manipulation of daily social contacts and its effect on diurnal cortisol secretion. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 31, 249-257.
Marin, T.J., Martin, T.M., Blackwell, E., Stetler, C.A., & Miller, G.E. (2007) Differentiating the impact of episodic and chronic stressors on HPA axis regulation in adolescence, Health Psychology, 26, 447-455.
Stetler, C.A., Chen, E., & Miller, G.E. (2006). Written disclosure of experiences with racial discrimination and antibody response to an influenza vaccine. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 13, 60-68.
Stetler, C.A., & Miller, G.E. (2005). Blunted cortisol responses to awakening in mild to moderate depression: Regulatory influences of sleep patterns and social contacts. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114, 697-705.
Miller, G.E., Rohleder, N., Stetler, C.A., & Kirschbaum, C. (2005). Clinical depression and regulation of the inflammatory response during acute stress. Psychosomatic Medicine 67, 679-687.
Stetler, C.A., Dickerson, S.D., & Miller, G.E. (2004). Uncoupling of social zeitgebers and diurnal cortisol secretion in clinical depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 29, 1250-1259.
Miller, G.E., Freedland, K.E., Carney, R.M., Stetler, C.A., & Banks, W.A. (2003). Pathways linking depression, adiposity, and inflammation in healthy young adults. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 17, 276-285.
Miller, G.E., Freedland, K.E., Carney, R.M., Stetler, C.A., & Banks, W.A. (2003). Cynical hostility, depressive symptoms, and the expression of inflammatory risk markers for coronary heart disease. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26, 501-515.
Miller, G.E., Stetler, C.A., Carney, R.M., Freedland, K.E., & Banks, W.A. (2002). Clinical depression and inflammatory risk markers for coronary heart disease. American Journal of Cardiology, 90, 1279-1283.
Stetler, C.A. (2009). Depression and immunity. In R. Ingram (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Depression. New York: Springer.
Stetler, C.A., Murali, R., Chen, E., & Miller, G.E. (2005). Stress, immunity, and disease. In C.L. Cooper (Ed.) Handbook of Stress Medicine. London: CRC Press
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