Marcia Winter, Ph.D.
Director, Developmental Psychology Concentration, Psychology Program
Co-Director, Graduate Studies
Thurston House, 808 W. Franklin St., Room 402
- Ph.D.: University of Rochester, 2006
Dr. Marcia Winter's research focuses on mechanisms by which stress exposure influences child health. Winter is particularly interested in how children are affected emotionally, at the level of interpreting and making meaning of challenging situations, and physically, at the level of immune function and health outcomes. In addition, Winter examines how various parenting and family processes can be protective for children.
Currently, there are two main areas of investigation in Winter's lab. The first focuses on individual differences in how children and their families respond and adapt in the context of chronic stress (e.g., poverty, chronic illness). The second examines stress and coping with a particularly threatening, abrupt stressor such as a cancer diagnosis. Ultimately, this work is intended to highlight processes of vulnerability and resilience within populations of at-risk children.
- Winter, M. A., Greenlee, J., Al Ghriwati, N., Garr, K. N., Sahler, Olle Jane Z., & O’Connor, T. G. (2021). Children’s appraisals of threat in pediatric cancer. Social Science and Medicine – Mental Health, 1, 113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmmh.2021.100037
- Rohan, J. M., & Winter, M. A. (2021). Ethical considerations in pediatric chronic illness: The relationship between psychological factors, treatment adherence, and health outcomes. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prrv.2021.05.008
- Sosnowski, D. W., Kliewer, W., Winter, MA, Amstadter, A. B., Valrie, C. R., & Serpell, Z. (2020). The association between diverse childhood experiences and child telomere length: Self-regulation as a behavioral mediator. Child Development, 92(2), 746-759. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13441
- Greenlee, J. L., Winter, M. A., Everhart, R. S., & Fiese, B. H. (2019). Parents’ child-related schemas: Associations with children’s asthma and mental health. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(3), 270-279. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000494
- Winter, M. A., Al Ghriwati, N., & Devine, K. A. (2019). Pediatric chronic health conditions: Adaptation within the family context. In B. H. Fiese, M. Celano, K. Deater-Deckard, E. N. Jouriles, & M. A. Whisman (Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology® series. APA handbook of contemporary family psychology: Applications and broad impact of family psychology (pp. 69-84). American Psychological Association.
- University Excellence in Service-Learning Faculty Award, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Outstanding Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University Psychology
- Helen K. Nowlis Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Rochester