Kristen E. Riley

Graduate Student, Psychology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Stress, Coping, & Health. How cognitive processes impact health behaviors. Specifically, how people get stuck in their head (Rumination), how that impacts their health (adaptive and maladaptive health behaviors), and how to get them out of that rut (Mindfulness interventions: yoga, MBSR, etc.). With a focus on disease prevention in at-risk populations, utilizing daily diary (EMA) methodology.


University of Delaware, B.S. Degree with Distinction, Psychology, 2010
University of Connecticut, M.A. Psychology, 2012
University of Connecticut, Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology PhD (Current)

Featured Publications

Riley, K. E. (2011). “Benefit Finding.” Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer Publishing.

Park, C. L., Riley, K. E., Snyder, L. B. (2012). Meaning Making Coping, Making Sense, and Posttraumatic Growth following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. Journal of Positive Psychology, 7, 198-207.

Riley, K., Park, C., Marks, M., & Braun, T. (2012). P04.76. Characteristics of yoga practice in an undergraduate student sample. BioMed Central (BMC) Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 12 (Suppl 1), P346. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-S1-P346

Park, C. L., Riley, K. E., Bedesin, E. Y., & Stewart, V. M. (2013). What do yoga students want? Discrepancies between perceptions of real and ideal yoga teachers and their relations with emotional well-being. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 23, 53-57.

Riley, K. E. & Kalichman, S. C. (In Press). Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for people living with HIV/AIDS populations: Preliminary review of intervention trial methodologies and findings. Health Psychology Review.

Riley, K. E. & Park, C. L. (In Press). Problem-focused vs. meaning-focused coping as mediators of the appraisal-adjustment link. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Elwy, R. A., Groessl, E. J., Eisen, S. V., Riley, K. E., Maiya, M., Lee, J. P., Sarkin, A., & Park, C. L. (In Press). A systematic scoping literature review of yoga intervention components and intervention quality. American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Psychology
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269-1020