News & Noteworthy Studies

Classic Findings in Stress Research

Here we provide references to studies our Network views as ‘classic’ or foundational studies of stress, well-being, health, and aging. We welcome your suggested additions (send to [email protected]).

Socio-economic Status (SES)

Adler, N. E., Boyce, T., Chesney, M. A., Cohen, S., Folkman, S., Kahn, R. L., & Syme, S. L. (1994). Socioeconomic status and health: The challenge of the gradient. American Psychologist, 49(1), 15-24.

Gallo, L.C. & Matthews, K.A. (2003). Understanding the association between socioeconomic status and physical health: Do negative emotions play a role? Psychological Bulletin, 129(1), 10-51

Early Life Stress

Felitti, V. (1998). Relationship of child abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14(4), 245-258.

Meaney, M.J. Maternal care, gene expression, and the transmission of individual differences in stress reactivity across generations. Annu. Rev. Neurosci. 24, 1161–1192 (2001).

Stressful Life Events

Kessler, R.C. (1997). The effects of stressful life events on depression. Annual Review of Psychology, 48(1), 191-214.

Stress, Immunity, and Disease

Glaser, R. & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (2005). Stress-induced immune dysfunction: Implications for health. Nature Reviews Immunology, 5(3), 243-251.

Steptoe, A. & Kivimaki, M. (2012). Stress and cardiovascular disease. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 9, 360-370.

Cohen, S., Tyrell, D.A.J., Smith, A.P. (1991). Psychological stress and susceptibility to the common cold, 325, 606-612.


Hawkley, L.C. & Cacioppo, J.T. (2010). Loneliness matters: A theoretical and empirical review of consequences and mechanisms. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40(2), 218-227.

Stress and Physiological Processes

Miller, G.E., Chen, E., Zhous, E.S. (2007). If it goes up, must it come down? Chronic stress and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis in humans. Psychological Bulletin, 133(1), 25-45.

Sapolsky, R.M. (1996). Stress, glucocorticoids, and damage to the nervous system: The current state of confusion. Stress, 1(1), 1-19.

McEwen, B.S. (1998). Stress, adaptation, and disease: Allostasis and allostatic load. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 840(1), 33-43.

Stress and Eating

Dallman, M.F., Pecoraro, N., Akana, S.F., la Fleur, S.E., Gomez, F., Houschyar, H., Bell, M.E., Bhatnagar, S., Laugero, K.D., Manalo, S. (2003). Chronic stress and obesity: a new view of "comfort food". PNAS, 100(20), 11696-11701.

Classic Books on Stress

Antonovsky, A. (1987). Unraveling the mystery of health: How people manage stress and stay well. San Francisco, CA, US: Jossey-Bass.

Cohen, S., Kessler, R. C., & Gordon, L. U. (Eds.). (1997). Measuring stress: A guide for health and social scientists. Oxford University Press on Demand.

Folkman, S. & Lazarus, R.S. (1984). Stress, Appraisal, and Coping. New York, NY, US: Springer.

Horowitz, M. J. (1976). Stress response syndromes. Oxford, England: Jason Aronson.

Lazarus, R.S. (1996). Psychological stress and the coping process. New York, NY, US: McGraw-Hill.

New Findings in Stress Research

Here we provide references to studies our Network views as new and interesting single studies of stress and health. Send suggested additions to [email protected].

Charles, S.T., Piazza, J.R., Mogle, J., Sliwinski, M.J., Almeida, D.M. (2013). The wear-and-tear of daily stressors on mental health. Psychological Science, 24(5), 733-741.

Waters, S.F., West, T.V., Mendes, W.B. (2014). Stress contagion: Physiological covariation between mothers and infants. Psychological Science, 25(4), 934-942.