Dean Cruess, PhD

Professor (PI)

Department of Psychological Sciences

Research Overview

Dr. Cruess’ primary research focus involves examining associations between psychosocial factors (e.g., stress, anxiety, depression, sleep, personality characteristics) and physical health status and the underlying physiological mechanisms involved in these relationships. He has conducted research with numerous medical patient populations, including individuals with HIV and cancer. Dr. Cruess also has extensive experience designing, conducting, and testing the efficacy of cognitive and behavioral interventions with medical patients, and he has published a number of studies on the effects of cognitive-behavioral stress management in both the HIV and cancer areas. He is currently examining the role of psychosocial factors on the adoption of preventive health behaviors, adherence to medication regimens, and physical health.


Ph.D., University of Miami, 1998
M.S., University of Miami, 1996
B.A., University of Connecticut, 1993

Recent/Selected Publications

Research Gate

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-5818
Mailing Address406 Babbidge Road
Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269-1020