Marcia Winter, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Marcia Winter, Ph.D.

Director, Developmental Psychology Concentration, Psychology Program

Co-Director, Graduate Studies

(804) 828-2053

Thurston House, 808 W. Franklin St., Room 402

Developmental Psychology




  • Ph.D.: University of Rochester, 2006

Research Interests

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.

Select Publications


  • 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