Peter J. Gianaros, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Psychology

Graduate Student Advisees:​

  • Maya Martinko 
  • Abby Shell
  • Chrystal Spencer

Education & Training

  • PhD, Penn State University

Research Interest Summary

Neurobiology of Stress; Socioeconomic Status; Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Research Interests

Representative Publications

Gianaros PJ, Rasero J, DuPont CM, Kraynak TE, Gross JJ, McRae K, Wright AGC, Verstynen TD, Barinas-Mitchell E (2022). Multivariate brain activity while viewing and reappraising affective scenes does not predict the multiyear progression of preclinical atherosclerosis in otherwise healthy midlife adults. Affect Sci, 3(2): 406-424. Pre-registration:

Koban L, Gianaros PJ, Kober H, Wager TD (2021). The self in context: brain systems linking mental and physical health. Nat Rev Neurosci, 22(5): 309-322.

Gianaros PJ, Kraynak TE, Kuan DC, Gross JJ, McRae K, Hariri AR, Manuck SB, Rasero J, Verstynen TD (2020). Affective brain patterns as multivariate neural correlates of cardiovascular disease risk. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 15(10): 1034-1045.

Gianaros PJ, Sheu LK, Uyar F, Koushik J, Jennings JR, Wager TD, Singh A, Verstynen TD (2017). A brain phenotype for stressor-evoked blood pressure reactivity. J Am Heart Assoc, 6(9): e006053.

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