Thomas W. Kamarck, Ph.D.

  • Biological & Health Program Chair, Psychology
  • Professor, Psychology


Behavioral Medicine Research Group - Studies the interplay between behavioral and biological factors that may impact the development of heart disease and hypertension.

Graduate Student Advisees:

  • William Eckerle

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Oregon

Research Interest Summary

Stress, Relationships, & Cardiovascular Health; Ecological Assessment Methods

Research Interests

Representative Publications

Ferrer, R. A., Klein, W. M. P., Zajac, L. E., Sutton-Tyrrell, K. C., Muldoon, M. F., & Kamarck, T. W. (2012). Unrealistic optimism is associated with subclinical atherosclerosis. Health Psychology, 31, 815-820.

Kamarck TW, Schwartz J, Shiffman S, Muldoon MF, Sutton-Tyrrell K and Janicki D: Psychosocial stress and cardiovascular risk: What is the role of daily experience? Journal of Personality, 73, 1749-1774, 2005.

Kamarck TW, Muldoon MF, Shiffman SS and Sutton-Tyrrell K: Experiences of demand and control during daily life are predictors of carotid atherosclerotic progression among healthy men. Health Psychology, 26, 324-332, 2007.

Kamarck TW, Polk DE, Sutton-Tyrrell K and Muldoon MF: The incremental value of ambulatory BP persists after controlling for methodological confounds: Associations with carotid atherosclerosis in a healthy sample. Journal of Hypertension, 20, 1535-1541, 2002.

Stewart JC, Janicki, DL, Muldoon, MF, Sutton-Tyrrell, K & Kamarck TW: Negative emotions and three-year progression of subclinical atherosclerosis. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 225-233, 2007.

Kamarck, T.W., Muldoon, M.F., Manuck, S.B., Haskett, R.F., Cheong, J., Flory, J.D. & Vella, E. (2011) Citalopram improves metabolic risk factors among high hostile adults: Results of a placebo-controlled intervention. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 1070-1079.

Kamarck TW, Haskett RF, Muldoon M, Flory JD, Anderson B, Bies R, Pollock B & Manuck SB. Citalopram intervention for hostility: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 174-188, 2009.

Wright, A.G.C., Thomas, K.M., Hopwood, C.J., Markon, K.E., Pincus, A.L. & Krueger, R.F. (2012). The hierarchical structure of DSM-5 pathological personality traits. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121(4), 951-957.

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