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Wendy Birmingham, Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology



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  • Postdoc, Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2013
  • PhD, University of Utah, 2011
  • MS, University of Utah, 2009
  • BS, Brigham Young University, 2006

Research Interests

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

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