Tracey A. Revenson

Tracey A. Revenson is Professor of Psychology and Deputy Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Trained as one of the first generation of health psychologists, she 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 an M.A. and 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. Her most recent work examines how partner support both helps and hinders adjustment to illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer, and how brief psychosocial interventions may enhance quality of life.

Professor Revenson is the co-author or co-editor of nine volumes, including the second edition of The Handbook of Health Psychology, published this year. She serves as Associate Editor of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and on the editorial board of Health Psychology.

Dr. Revenson was elected President of the Division of Health Psychology of American Psychological Association (APA) in 2005.