Ph.D. 1978, Penn State
My research is strongly multidisciplinary and focuses on how various
aspects of psychological well-being are contoured by broach social
structural influences such as age, gender, socioeconomic status,
race/ethnicity, and culture as well as how psychological well-being
changes over time as individuals negotiate their way through various
challenges and life transitions. I am also interested in how well-being
is linked with various of neurobiology (e.g., neural circuitry,
neuroendocrine regulation, inflammatory processes, cardiovascular
risk). The latter work addresses the mechanisms and pathways through
which well-being may confer protection against illness and disease.
Resilience is an overarching theme for putting these many levels of
analysis (social structural, psychosocial, neurobiological) together. I
currently direct the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) national study of
Americans ( www.midus.wisc.edu
), which has
become a major forum for integrative, multidisciplinary studies of
health and well-being.
Friedman,E.M., Hayney, M.S., Love, G.D., Urry, H.L., Rosenkranz, M.A.,
Davidson, R.J., Singer, B.L., & Ryff, C.D. (2005). Social
relationships, sleep quality, and interluekin-6 in aging women.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, /18757-18762.
Singer, B.H., & Love, G.D. (2004). Positive health: Connecting
well-being with biology. Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 359, 1383-1394.
Urry, H.L., Nitschke,
J.B., Dolski, I., Jackson, D.C., Dalton, K.M., Mueller,
C.J., Rosenkranz, M.A., Ryff,
C.D. Singer, B.H., & Davidson, R.J. (2004). Making a life worth living: Neural correlates of well-being. Psychological Sciences, 6, 367-372.
Ryff, C.D., Keyes, C.L.M., & Hughes, D.L. (2003).> Status inequalities, perceived
discrimination, and eudaimonic well-being: Do the challenges of minority life hone
purpose and growth? Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 44, 275-291.
Keyes, C.L. M., Shmotkin,
D., & Ryff, C.D. (2002).Optimizing well-being: The empirical encounter of two traditions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 1007-1022.