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​Selected Research Publications

Braithwaite, S. & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2016). Romantic Relationships and Mental Health. Current Opinion in Psychology.

  • Troxel, W., Braithwaite, S., Sandberg, J. & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2016). Does Improving Marital Quality Improve Sleep? Results from a Marital Therapy Trial. BehavioralSleep Medicine. DOI:10.1080/15402002.2015.1133420
  • Holt-Lunstad, J. & Smith, T.B. (2016). Loneliness and Social Isolation: Risk factors for CHD and Stroke. Heart: British Medical Journal. doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2015-309242
  • *Novak, J. R., Sandberg, J. G., Stucki, B., Young, S. Brown, A. P. *Schade, L. C. & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2016). A Contextual Analysis of High and Low Fidelity Sessions in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.15, 36-60. DOI: 10.1080/15332691.2014.962209​​​
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., *Birmingham, W., & Light, K. (2015). Relationship Support or Distress and Oxytocin: The Influence of Relatively Stable and Modifiable Aspects of Social Relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-19, DOI: 10.1177/0265407514536294
  • Sandberg, J. G., Brown, A. P., *Schade, L. C., *Novak, J. R., Denton, W. H., & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2015).Measuring fidelity in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT): A pilot test of the EFT Therapist Fidelity Scale. American Journal Of Family Therapy, 43(3), 251-268. doi:10.1080/01926187.2015.1034637
  • Holt-Lunstad, J, Smith, T.B., *Baker, M., *Harris, T., & *Stephenson, D. (2015). Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality: A Meta-Analytic Review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10 (2), 227-237. doi: 10.1177/1745691614568352
  • *Hahn-Holbrook, J., Holbrook, C. & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2015). Self-reported Spirituality Correlates with Endogenous Oxytocin. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7 (1) 46-50. doi:10.1037/a0038255
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., & *Clark, B.D. (2014). Social stressors and cardiovascular response: Influence of ambivalent relationships and behavioral ambivalence. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(3), 381-389. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.05.014
  • *Logan, D.M., Hill, K.R., Jones, R., Holt-Lunstad, J., & Larson, M.J. (2014). How do memory and attention change with pregnancy and childbirth? A controlled longitudinal examination of neuropsychological functioning in pregnant and postpartum women. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36, 528-539.
  • ​*Schade, L.C., Sandberg, J.G., Bradford, A., Harper, J.M., Holt-Lunstad, J., Miller, R. B. (2014). A Longitudinal View of the Association Between Therapist Warmthand Couples’ In-Session Process: An Observational Pilot Study of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT). DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12076
  • Jenson, B, Steffen, P., & Holt-Lunstad, J (2013). Ethnic Differences in Relationship Orientation, Marital Quality and Ambulatory Blood Pressure. Ethnicity and Disease, 23, 175-181. ​
  • Holt-Lunstad J. (2013). Social Integration, Social Networks and Health, Stress. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition). Elsevier​
  • Holt-Lunstad, J. & Uchino, B.N. (2013). Social Support and Health. In Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice (5th Edition). Jossey-Bass Publishers, a Company of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J. (2012). Social Support and Longevity: A Review. Social and Personality COMPASS, 6, 41–53, DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00406.x
  • Troxel, W. & Holt-Lunstad J. (2012). Marriage and Health. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., *Birmingham, W., & Light, K. (2011). The influence of Depression, stress, and a support enhancement intervention on ambulatory blood pressure, oxytocin, alpha amylase and cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 1249-1256. DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2011.03.007
  • *Hahn-Holbrook, J., Holt-Lunstad, J., Holbrook, C., Coyne, S.M., & Lawson, E.T. (2011). Maternal Defense: Breastfeeding, diminished stress and heightened Aggression. Psychological Science. 22(10) 1288–1295. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611420729
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Steffen, P., Sandberg, J., *Jensen, B. (2011). Understanding the connection between Spiritual Well-Being and Physical Health: An examination of Ambulatory Blood Pressure, Inflammation, and Cholesterol. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34 477-488. Special Issue: “Spirituality in Behavioral Medicine Research”. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-011-9343-7
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T.B., *Layton, B. (2010). Social Relationships and Mortality: A meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine 7(7): e1000316. doi:10.1371. The PLoSMedicine Editors (2010) Social Relationships Are Key to Health, and to Health Policy. PLoS Med 7(8): e1000334. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000334
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., *Birmingham, W., *Howard, A. & Thoman, D. (2010). Married with children: The influence of parental status and gender on ambulatory blood pressure. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38(3)170-179.
  • *Bushman, B.B. & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2009). Understanding social relationship maintenance among friends: Why we don’t end those frustrating friendships. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 749-778.
  • Campo. R., Uchino, B.N., Vaughn, A., Reblin, M., Smith, T.W.,& Holt-Lunstad, J. (2009). The Assessment of Positivity and Negativity in Social Support Networks: Reliability and Validity of the Social Relationships Index. Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 471-486.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J. *Birmingham, W., *Jones, B. (2009). The influence of close relationships on nocturnal blood pressure dipping. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 71, 211-217.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J. (2009). Social Relationships and Physical Health: Are we better or worse off because of our relationships? In (Eds. Emma Cuyler and Michael Ackhart), Psychology of Relationships. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Uchino, B.N., Ruiz, J.M., & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2009). Stress. In D. Sanders & K.R. Scherer (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Affective Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., *Birmingham, W.A., & Light, K.L. (2008). The influence of a “warm touch” support enhancement intervention among married couples on ambulatory blood pressure, oxytocin, alpha amylase and cortisol. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 976-85.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T.W. & Uchino, B.N., (2008). Can hostility interfere with the health benefits of social support? The impact of cynical hostility on cardiovascular reactivity during social support interactions among friends. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 319-330.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., *Birmingham, W., & *Jones, B.Q. (2008). Is there something unique about marriage? The relative impact of marital status, relationship quality, and network support on ambulatory blood pressure and mental health. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 239-244.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Uchino, B. N., Smith, T. W. & Hicks, A. (2007). On the importance of relationship quality: The impact of ambivalence in friendships on cardiovascular functioning. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33, 1-12.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., & Steffen, P. (2007). Diurnal variation in salivary cortisol is associated with ambulatory blood pressure dipping. Psychosomatic Medicine 69, 339-43.
  • Smith, J.L., *Kausar, R., & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2007). Stigma consciousness in the class room: A comparison of Pakistani women’s motivation and well-being in non-science fields of study. Sex Roles, 57, 3-13.
  • Uchino, B. N., Smith, T.W., Holt-Lunstad, J., Campo, R., & Reblin, M. (2007). Stress and Illness. Eds. R.J. Davidson, G.G. Berntson, E. Sternberg, J. T. Caccioppo, L. G. Tassinary, & H. Nusbaum. Handbook of Psychophysiology 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press.
  • Uchino, B.N., Holt-Lunstad, J., Uno, D., Campo, R., & Reblin, M. (2007). The social neuroscience of relationships: An examination of health relevant pathways. In E. Harmon-Jones & P. Winkielman (Eds.), Fundamentals of Social Neuroscience. New York: Guilford.
  • Uchino, B. N., Holt-Lunstad, J., Bloor, L. & Campo, R. (2005). Aging and Cardiovascular Reactivity to Stress: Longitudinal Evidence for Changes in Stress Reactivity. Psychology and Aging, 20, 134-143.
  • Uchino, B. N., Holt-Lunstad, J., & Smith, T. W. (2004). Heterogeneity in social networks: A comparison of different models linking relationships to psychological outcomes. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 23, 123-139.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Uchino, B. N., Smith, T. W., Cerny, C.B., & Nealey-Moore, J. B. (2003). Social relationships and ambulatory blood pressure: Structural and qualitative predictors of cardiovascular function during everyday social interactions. Health Psychology, 22, 388-397.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Clayton, C. J., & Uchino, B.N. (2001). Gender differences in cardiovascular reactivity to competitive stress. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 8, 91-102.
  • Uchino, B. N., Holt-Lunstad, J., Uno, D., & Flinders, J. B. (2001). Heterogeneity in the social networks of young and older adults: Prediction of mental health and cardiovascular reactivity during acute stress. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24, 361-382.
  • Uchino, B. N., Berntson, G., Holt-Lunstad, J., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2001). Stress induced autonomic and immunologic reactivity. Eds R. Ader, D. L. Elton, and N. Cohen. Psychoneuroimmunology. New York Academic Press.
  • Uchino, B.N., Holt-Lunstad, J., Uno, D., Betancourt, R., & Garvey, T. (1999). Social support and age-related differences in cardiovascular function: An examination of potential mediators. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 21, 135-142.
  • Uchino, B. N., Uno, D., & Holt-Lunstad, J. (1999). Social Support, Physiological Processes, and Health. Current Directions in Psychological Sciences, 8, 145-148.
  • Uchino, B. N., Uno, D., Holt-Lunstad, J., & Flinders, J. B. (1999). Age-related differences in cardiovascular reactivity during acute psychological stress in men and women. Journal of Gerontology, 54, 339-346.​