Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

Psychology Professor, Internal Medicine Professor
Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research Department of Psychology, Center Food Innovation Center, Wexner Medical Center

145 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 688-3061, (614) 688-3895 (lab)
Fax: (614) 688-8261

Research Lab: Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine Laboratory

General Research: My research studies the behavioral influences on age-related and disease-related changes in cardiopulmonary endurance, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being. In my laboratory, we've focused on older adults with chronic illness to examine illness-related exacerbations of age-related changes. In my primary line of research, studies have evaluated psychological and cognitive factors associated with exercise among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth most common cause of death in the United States. In a secondary line of research, we've examined sex differences in adaptation to chronic illness. Broadly, my program of research addresses psychological and behavioral adaptations to chronic illness. Thus, more recent research has evaluated outcomes in two additional patient groups: coronary artery disease (CAD) and breast cancer. In addition, recent studies have examined mechanisms by which behavioral change (e.g., exercise and diet) may influence both cardiovascular reactivity among healthy middle-aged adults and medical outcomes among healthy older adults. The conceptual model driving this program of research evolved from studies in the gerontological literature documenting age-related declines in physiological function and cognitive function, increases in psychological distress, diminished opportunities for social engagement, and reduced availability of recreational resources. Aging per se is associated with increased risk of chronic illness as well as with impairments in physiological function and cognitive function in the absence of chronic illness. Thus, exercise activity plays a pivotal role in the conceptual model as a behavior that may influence a wide range of functions among middle-aged and older adults, with significant influence on cardiopulmonary endurance, psychological well-being, and brain function. The model includes both direct and indirect influences of exercise and age on cognitive function.

Research Interests: Psychological factors associated with weight management, behavioral interventions for weight management, exercise interventions, psychological adaptation to chronic health conditions.

Current Research: We are currently conducting several different research studies addressing psychophysiological factors in chronic illness, psychological and cognitive outcomes of physical exercise, and coping processes in chronic disease.

Selected Publications:
Ries AL, Bauldoff GS, Carlin BW, Casaburi R, Emery CF, Mahler DA, Make B, Rochester CL, ZuWallack R.. "Pulmonary rehabilitation: Joint ACCP/AACVPR evidence-based clinical practice guidelines." Chest. no. 131. (January 2007.): 4S-42S.

Fan VS, Ramsey SD, Giardino ND, Make BJ, Emery CF, Diaz PT, Benditt JO, Mosenifar Z, McKenna R, Curtis JL, Fishman AP, Martinez FJ.. "Sex, depression, and risk of hospitalization and mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.." Archives of Internal Medicine. no. 167. (January 2007.): 2345-2353.

Lozano DL, Norman G, Knox D, Wood BL, Miller BD, Emery CF, Berntson GG.. "Where to B in dZ/dt." Psychophysiology. no. 44. (January 2007.): 113-119.

Emery CF, Fondow MDM, Schneider CM, Christofi FL, Hunt C, Busby AK, Needleman BJ, Melvin WS, Elsayed-Awad HM.. "Gastric bypass surgery is associated with reduced inflammation and less depression: A preliminary investigation.." Obesity Surgery. no. 17. (January 2007.): 763-767.

Andersen, B.L., Beck, S.J., Bornstein, R.A., Emery, C.F., Fristad, M.A., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Strunk, D.R., Thayer, J.F., Vasey, M.W., Yeates, K.O.. "Problematic methods in the assessment of scholarly productivity in clinical Ph.D. programs." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. no. 15. (January 2008.): 102-104.

Emery, C.F., Green, M.R., Suh, S.. "Neuropsychiatric function in chronic lung disease: The role of pulmonary rehabilitation." Respiratory Care. no. 53. (January 2008.): 1208-1216.

Emery, C.F., France, C.R., Harris, J., Norman, G., VanArsdalen, C.R.. "Effects progressive muscle relaxation training on nociceptive flexion reflex threshold in healthy young adults: A randomized trial.." Pain. no. 138. (January 2008.): 375-379.

Andersen, B.L., Yang, H.-C., Farrar, W.B., Golden-Kreutz, D.M., Emery, C.F., Thornton, L.M., Young, D., Carson III, W.E.. "Psychological intervention improves survival for breast cancer patients.." Cancer. no. 113. (January 2008.): 3450-3458.

Kozora, E., Emery, C., Kaplan, R.M., Wamboldt, F.S., Zhang, L., Make, B.. "Cognitive and psychological issues in emphysema." Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society. no. 5. (January 2008.): 556-560.

PubMed articles

Research Staff:
Pre-doctoral Trainees:
Chrisinta Goodwin, MS
Kristie Harris, MS
Jacob Landers, BA
Risa Long, MS
KavLoni Olson, MA
Steve Schiele, BA
Erin Truong, MA

Undergraduate Students:
Tyler Thaxton
Taylor Miller
Anna Lunsford

1980 - A.B. (Psychology) Columbia University
1984 - A.M. (Clinical Psychology) University of Southern California
1985 - Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) University of Southern California

Postgraduate Training:
1986-88 - Post-doctoral Fellowship (Aging and Adult Development) Duke University Medical Center

1985-86 - Internship (Clinical Psychology) University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Editorial Activities:

  • present Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • present Journal of Aging and Health
  • present Gerontologist
  • present Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • present Psychology and Aging
  • present Journal of Gerontology
  • present Psychosomatic Medicine
  • 1991 - 1993 Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • 1999 - 2007 Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation


Courses Taught:

Psychology 4597.01: Aging, Health, and Psychological Functioning in the Modern World

Psychology 7864: Appraisal: Practicum in Clinical Assessment
Psychology 7189: Advanced Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine

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