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Kristen  Salomon

Kristen Salomon

Kristen Salomon
Associate Professor


Office: PCD 4132
Phone: 813/974-4922



Ph.D. in Social Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997


Ph.D. Areas: CNS (Social Psychology)


Social Psychology: Health consequences of experiencing ethnic discrimination. Cognitive appraisals.

Psychophysiology: Cardiovascular reactivity to stress, Heart rate variability/Respiratory sinus arrhythmia, Ambulatory monitoring.

Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular disease   

Research Synopsis

I examine cardiovascular responses to stress, the psychological and social factors that moderate these responses, and how these work together to contribute to risk for cardiovascular disease. Thus far, my work has been guided by three research questions. First, what specific cardiovascular responses are important to coping with stress and to risk for cardiovascular disease? To answer  this question, I have  provided evidence supporting the reactivity hypothesis .  I also examine parasympathetic reactivity to stress as a marker of risk for cardiovascular disease and a marker of depression.  My second research question addresses biological, psychological and social factors that influence stress responses and operate as risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  I have focused on obesity, hostility, trait anger and pessimism, cognitive appraisals and the presence of an audience as predictors of cardiovascular reactivity during potentially stressful situations.   My third question asks what aspects of the social environment  contribute to increased rates of cardiovascular disease among African Americans?  For example, I have examined perceptions of discrimination and their relationship to interpersonal stress and  blood pressure in ethnic minorities. I have drawn on my multidisciplinary background of training in Psychophysiology, Health Psychology, and Social Psychology in pursuit of my research interests. My goal throughout this diverse training has been to fully understand and integrate all aspects of a biopsychosocial perspective on stress, cardiovascular reactivity and risk for cardiovascular disease.

Specialty Area

CNS (Social Psychology)

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
10574PSY 4913006Directed Study
Permit Required. S/U Only.

TBA 100
14847PSY 6917027Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U Only.

TBA 100
14891PSY 6971027Thesis: Master's
Majors Only

TBA 100
23629EXP 7099016Psychophysiology
Majors Only

PCD 2124
14981PSY 7918027Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100
15058PSY 7980027Dissertation: Doctoral
Adm to Doc Candidacy Required. Majors Only.

TBA 100