Tracey Revenson

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Research Interests

  • Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness; Stress and Coping; Social Context ; Health Disparities


  • Ph.D., New York University

Trained as one of the first generation of health psychologists, Professor Revenson brings a social-ecological perspective to the study of how stress and coping processes affect psychological adjustment to chronic physical illness, and how these processes are influenced by the social context. She completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Environment, Health and Development in the Social Ecology Program at the University of California, Irvine after receiving a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from New York University and a B.A. from Yale University (theatre and psychology). Professor Revenson is well known for her research on stress and coping processes among individuals, couples, and families facing rheumatic disease and cancer. Recent work examines how support from one’s partner both helps and hinders adjustment to illness; processes of dyadic coping; and how cancer is a different experience for emerging adults (ages 18-39). She is the co-author or co-editor of nine volumes, including the Handbook of Health Psychology (Taylor & Francis, 2nd edition, 2012), Couples Coping with Stress: Emerging Perspectives on Dyadic Coping (APA Books, 2005); and Social Categories in Everyday Experience (APA Books, 2012). She was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior and Policy. She currently serves as Associate Editor of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and on the editorial board of Health Psychology. Professor Revenson served as President of the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association in 2004-2005 and was awarded its Nathan Perry Award for Career Contributions to Health Psychology in 2013.