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Hector Myers [Edit Page]

Professor Emeritus

Health Psychology

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Research and Teaching Interests

The central theme of my research continues to be the role
psychosocial stress and related factors (e.g. coping, social
supports, personality characteristics, biological processes,
etc.) play in physical and psychological health and well-
being in African Americans and other ethnic minority
populations. In my earlier research I focused primarily on
ethnic differences in the role psychosocial factors play in
disease. An important part of this work is the critical
review of extant literature on major psychosocial variables
implicated in health and disease and formulating theoretical
models to explain how they might contribute to ethnic
disparities in health. In recent years my work has evolved to
include developing and testing behavioral interventions with
high risk or impacted minority populations and investigating
how these psychosocial factors moderate or mediate
differences in response to these interventions. Specifically,
my recent work includes collaborative studies in 3 areas: (1)
investigating the biological and psychosocial effects of a
stress reduction vs. life style interventions with African
American adults and elderly with CVD, (2) research on
lifestyle and other psychosocial factors in HIV/AIDS-related
outcomes in multi-ethnic samples impacted by this disease,
and (3) research on ethnic differences in the predictors of
depression, in the expression of depressive symtoms, and
differences in disease course and in pharmacotherapeutic
response. (4) Research on mindfulness meditation and chronic
diseases, especially HIV and CVD.


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