Wendy Birmingham, Assistant Professor
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- Postdoc, Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2013
- PhD, University of Utah, 2011
- MS, University of Utah, 2009
- BS, Brigham Young University, 2006
My program of research is guided by previous research indicating that the quality and quantity of one’s social relationships are linked to lower morbidity and mortality and protect against the adverse effect of stress. My research focuses on two pathways linking relationship quality and quantity to health outcomes: physiological pathways and behavioral pathways. In terms of examining physiological pathways, I am interested in how marital relationship quality and family processes can impact blood pressure, a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk. In terms of examining behavioral pathways, I am interested in how relationship processes such as relationship quality, familial support and influence, spousal support and influence, and patient-provider influence can impact behaviors such as cancer screening adherence (e.g., HPV vaccination adherence, colorectal cancer screening adherence, mammography adherence), and diet and lifestyle choices, specifically in individuals who are at increased risk for cancer due to a family history.
I am currently accepting graduate students.
- Citation Award for Excellence in Research, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2010
- University of Utah, College of Behavioral Science Honor Roll Scholarship Award for Excellence in Research, University of Utah, 2010
- Citation Award for Excellence in Research, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2008
- Jenny Cundiff, Wendy C. Birminghan, Bert N. Uchino, Timothy W. Smith (2016). Marital quality buffers the association between socioeconomic status and ambulatory blood pressure. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
- Wendy C. Birmingham, Bert N Uchino, Timothy W Smith, Kathleen C Light, Jonathan Butner (2015). It's Complicated: Marital Partners' Perceptions of Ambivalent Behavior on Ambulatory Blood Pressure and Daily Interpersonal Functioning. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
- Wendy C. Birmingham, Man Hung, Wendy Kohlmann, Scott Walters, Randall E Burt, Antoinnette M Stroup, Sandie L Edwards, Marc D Schwartz, Jan T Lowery, Deirdre A Hill, Charles L Wiggins, John C Higginbotham, Philip Tang, Shirley D Hon, Jeremy D Franklin, Sally Vernon, Anita Y Kinney (2015). Effectiveness of the Extended Parallel Process Model in Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening. Psycho-Oncology.
- Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Wendy C. Birmingham, Kathleen Light (2015). Relationship Quality and Oxytocin: The Influence of Relatively Stable and Modifiable Aspects of Social Relationships. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships.
- Colleen M. McBride, Wendy C. Birmingham, Anita Y. Kinney (2015). Health Psychology & Translational Genomic Research: Bringing Innovation to Cancer-Related Behavioral Interventions. American Psychologist.
- Kimberly S Bowen, Bert N Uchino, Wendy C. Birmingham, McKenzie Carlisle, Timothy W Smith, Kathleen C Light (2014). The stress-buffering effects of functional social support on ambulatory blood pressure. Health Psychology.
- Wendy C. Birmingham, Neeraj Agarwal, Aspinwall Lisa G., Mary Wang, Christopher C. Dechet, Wendy Kohlmann, Anita Y. Kinney (2013). Patient and Provider Attitudes toward Genomic Testing for Prostate Cancer Susceptibility. BMC Health Services Research .