College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychological Sciences
Dr. Cundiff examines interpersonal and physiological mechanisms linking socioeconomic position and close social relationships (e.g., couples) to cardiometabolic health. She has particularly focused on how social hierarchy may shape social interactions so as to be cardiotoxic to those lower in the social hierarchy. She also researches marital dynamics as they relate to marital quality and cardiovascular health, and has merged these lines of work to examine whether positive close relationships, such as marriage, can buffer the otherwise negative impact of lower socioeconomic position. Dr. Cundiff received her PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from the University of Utah, and then completed T32 postdoctoral training in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before joining TTU.
Recent Scholarship: Cundiff, J.M., Kamarck, T.W., & Manuck, S.B. (in press). Daily interpersonal experience partially accounts for the association between social rank and physical health. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.