Greg Miller Professor

Program Area(s):

Personality and Health; Clinical


Health psychology; mechanisms linking stress and health

Research Interests

My research focuses on how stress affects health. In recent years I've become especially interested in stressors that occur during early life, and how they might get biologically embedded in people in a manner that reverberates across the lifespan. To study issues like this, my lab brings together theories and methods from across the behavioral and biomedical sciences. Over the long term, our goal is to establish a behaviorally and biologically plausible understanding of stress-health connections.

Selected Publications

Cohen, S., Janicki-Deverts, D., Doyle, W.J., Miller, G.E., Frank, E., Rabin, B.S., & Turner, R.B. (2012). Chronic stress, glucocorticoid receptor resistance, inflammation and disease risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109, 5995-5999.

Chen, E., Miller, G.E., Kobor, M.S., & Cole, S. (2011). Maternal warmth buffers the effects of low early-life socioeconomic status on pro-inflammatory signaling in adulthood. Molecular Psychiatry, 16, 729-737

Chen, E., & Miller, G.E. (2012). Shift and persist strategies: Why being low in socioeconomic status isn’t always bad for your health. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 135-138.

Miller, G.E., Chen, E., & Parker, K.J. (2011). Psychological stress in childhood and susceptibility to the chronic diseases of aging: Moving toward a model of behavioral and biological mechanisms. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 959-997.

Miller, G.E., Lachman, M.E., Chen, E., Gruenewald, T.L., Karlamangla, A.S., & Seeman, T.E. (2011). Pathways to resilience: Maternal nurturance as a buffer against the effects of childhood poverty on metabolic syndrome at midlife. Psychological Science, 22, 1591-1599.

Miller, G.E., & Chen, E. (2010). Harsh family climate in early life presages the emergence of a proinflammatory phenotype in adolescence. Psychological Science, 21, 848-856.