Texas Tech University

Jenny M. Cundiff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: jenny.cundiff@ttu.edu or jennycundiff@gmail.com

Phone: (806) 834-7314

Fax: (806) 742-0818

Office: 306, Lab: B16 A-F

B.S.           Vanderbilt University
Ph.D.         University of Utah
Post-doc    University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Jenny M. Cundiff

About me

Accepting doctoral student applicants.

I examine how our social lives influence our health, especially our cardiovascular health. I am particularly interested in whether recurring patterns of social interactions and behaviors can help us understand why some relationships and social contexts are good for us and others are not. I have examined these mechanisms in two primary contexts: 1) low socioeconomic position and 2) marriage.

Primary Research Interests:
Biopsychosocial mechanisms linking socioeconomic position to poor health.
Biopsychosocial mechanisms linking poor quality social relationships to poor health.

Courses Taught:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
Introduction to Clinical Psychology/Clinical Science 
Advanced Practicum in Clinical Psychology 
Health Psychology 

Recent Publications

 Cundiff, J.M. & Matthews, K.A. (accepted). Friends with health benefits: The long-term benefits of early peer social integration for blood pressure and obesity in mid-life. Psychological Science.

Jakubowski, K.P., Boylan, J.A., Cundiff, J.M., & Matthews, K.A. (in press). Poor nocturnal sleep moderates the relationship between daytime napping and inflammation in Black and White men. Sleep Health.

Cundiff, J.M. & Matthews, K.A. (2017 Epub ahead of print). Is subjective social status a unique correlate of physical health?: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology. doi: 10.1037/hea0000534.

Matthews, K.A., Boylan, J.M., Jakubowski, K.P., Cundiff, J.M., Lee, L., & Pardini, D.P. (2017). Socioeconomic status and parenting during adolescence in relation to ideal cardiovascular health in men. Health Psychology, 36(7), 673-681.

Cundiff, J. M. & Smith, T.W. (2017). Social status, everyday interpersonal processes, and coronary heart disease: A social psychophysiological view. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11(4).

Cundiff, J.M., Boylan, J.M., Pardini, D.A., Matthews, K.A. (2017). Moving up matters: Socioeconomic mobility prospectively predicts better physical health. Health Psychology, 36(6), 609-617. doi:10.1037/hea0000473.

Cundiff, J.M., Kamarck, T.W., & Manuck, S.B. (2016). Daily interpersonal experience partially explains the association between social rank and physical health. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50(6), 854-861. doi:10.1007/s12160-016-9811-y.

Bajaj, A., John-Henderson, N.A., Cundiff, J.M., Marsland, A.L., Manuck, S.B. Kamarck, T.W. (2016). Daily Social Interactions, Close Relationships, and Systemic Inflammation using two samples: Healthy Middle-Aged and Older Adults. Brain Behavior & Immunity, 58, 152-164. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2016.06.004

Cundiff, J.M., Smith, T.W., Baron, C.E., & Uchino, B.N. (2016). Hierarchy and health: Physiological effects of interpersonal experiences associated with socioeconomic status. Health Psychology, 35(4), 356-365.

Cundiff, J.M., Birmingham, W.C., Uchino, B.N., & Smith, T.W. (2016). Marital quality buffers the association between socioeconomic status and ambulatory blood pressure. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50(2), 330-335. doi: 10.1007/s12160-015-9742-z.

Mackaronis, J.E., Strassberg, D.S., Cundiff, J.M., & Cann, D. (2015). Beholder and beheld: A multilevel model of perceived sexual appeal. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(8), 2237-2248. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0517-1.

Cundiff, J.M., Smith, T.W., Butner, J., Critchfield, K.L., & Nealey-Moore, J. (2015). Affiliation and Control in Marital Interaction: Interpersonal complementarity is present but is not associated with affect or relationship quality. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 35-51.

Cundiff, J.M.,Uchino, B.N., Smith, T.W., & Birmingham, W. (2015). Socioeconomic status and health: Education and income are independent and joint predictors of ambulatory blood pressure. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 9-16. doi: 10.1007/s10865-013-9515-8.

Psychological Sciences

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    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051