George Slavich

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Fields of interest

What types of stress are most relevant for health, and which cognitive, neural, and peripheral mediators are responsible for translating the external social environment into the internal biological environment of disease pathogenesis.

Recent publications

Shields, G. S., Moons, W. G., & Slavich, G. M. (2017). Inflammation, self-regulation, and health: An immunologic model of self-regulatory failure. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Slavich, G. M. (2016). Life stress and health: A review of conceptual issues and recent findings. Teaching of Psychology, 43, 346-355.

Slavich, G. M. (2016). Psychopathology and stress. In H. L. Miller (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in psychology, first edition (pp.762-764). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Black, D. S., & Slavich, G. M. (2016). Mindfulness meditation and the immune system: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1373, 13-24.

Lamkin, D. M., & Slavich, G. M. (2016). Psychosocial factors and cancer. In H. L. Miller (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in psychology, first edition (pp. 768-770). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Monroe, S. M., & Slavich, G. M. (2016). Psychological stressors: Overview. In G. Fink (Ed.), Stress: Concepts, cognition, emotion, and behavior, first edition (pp. 109-115). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

Dedovic, K., Slavich, G. M., Muscatell, K. A., Irwin, M. R., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2016). Dorsal anterior cingulate cortex responses to repeated social evaluative feedback in young women with and without a history of depression. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, 64.

Lebois, L. A. M., Hertzog, C., Slavich, G. M., Feldman Barrett, L., & Barsalou, L. W. (2016). Establishing the situated features associated with perceived stress. Acta Psychologica, 169, 119-132.

Muscatell, K. A., Dedovic K., Slavich, G. M., Jarcho M. R., Breen, E. C., Bower, J. E., Irwin, M. R., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2016). Neural mechanisms linking social status and inflammatory responses to social stress. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 915-922.

Shields, G. S., Toussaint, L. L., & Slavich, G. M. (2016). Stress-related changes in personality: A longitudinal study of perceived stress and trait pessimism. Journal of Research in Personality, 64, 61-68.

Shields, G. S., Young Kuchenbecker, S., Pressman, S. D., Sumida, K. D., & Slavich, G. M. (2016). Better cognitive control of emotional information is associated with reduced pro-inflammatory cytokine reactivity to emotional stress. Stress, 19, 63-68.

Toussaint, L. L., Shields, G. S., & Slavich, G. M. (2016). Forgiveness, stress, and health: A 5-week dynamic parallel process study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50, 727-735.

Toussaint, L., Shields, G. S., Dorn, G., & Slavich, G. M. (2016). Effects of lifetime stress exposure on mental and physical health in young adulthood: How stress degrades and forgiveness protects health. Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 1004-1014.

Slavich, G. M. (2015). Understanding inflammation, its regulation, and relevance for health: A top scientific and public priority. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 45, 13-14.

Conway, C. C., Slavich, G. M., & Hammen, C. (2015). Dysfunctional attitudes and affective responses to daily stressors: Separating cognitive, genetic, and clinical influences on stress reactivity. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 366-377.

Davis, L. Z., Slavich, G. M., Thaker, P. H., Goodheart, M. J., Bender, D. P., Dahmoush, L., Farley, D. M., Markon, K. E., Penedo, F. J., Lubaroff, D. M., Cole, S. W., Sood, A. K., & Lutgendorf, S. K. (2015). Eudaimonic well‐being and tumor norepinephrine in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. Cancer, 121, 3543-3550.

Kumar, P., Slavich, G. M., Berghorst, L. H., Treadway, M. T., Brooks, N. H., Dutra, S. J., Greve, D. N., O’Donovan, A., Bleil, M. E., Maninger, N., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2015). Perceived life stress exposure modulates reward-related medial prefrontal cortex responses to acute stress in depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 180, 104-111.

Murphy, M. L. M., Slavich, G. M., Chen, E., & Miller, G. E. (2015). Targeted rejection predicts decreased anti-inflammatory gene expression and increased symptom severity in youth with asthma. Psychological Science, 26, 111-121.

Muscatell, K. A., Dedovic, K., Slavich, G. M., Jarcho, M. R., Breen, E. C., Bower, J. E., Irwin, M. R., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2015). Greater amygdala activity and dorsomedial prefrontal-amygdala coupling are associated with enhanced inflammatory responses to stress. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 43, 46-53.

Schrepf, A., Thaker, P. H., Goodheart, M. J., Bender, D., Slavich, G. M., Dahmoush, L., Penedo, F., DeGeest, K., Mendez, L., Lubaroff, D. M., Cole, S. W., Sood, A. K., & Lutgendorf, S. K. (2015). Diurnal cortisol and survival in epithelial ovarian cancer. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 53, 256-267.