Patrick Steffen, Professor

Department: Psychology



Office: 287 TLRB

Phone: 801-422-7757


Patrick Steffen’s broad research interests lie in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with specific interests in culture, spirituality, and health. He is particularly interested in the Hispanic Paradox and how disadvantaged groups display resiliency and positive adaptation in spite of significant stressors. He has authored and co-authored articles in Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, and Mental Health, Religion, and Culture; and co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology and the Handbook of Primary Care Psychology. Dr. Steffen is currently an associate professor and associate director of clinical training in the Brigham Young University clinical psychology program. Before coming to BYU, Steffen was a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He received his PhD and master’s degrees at the University of Miami in clinical health psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in statistics and philosophy from Brigham Young University.


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Miami, 1998
  • MS in Clinical Psychology from University of Miami, 1996
  • BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University, 1993

Research Interests

stress health; biofeedback and stress management; effects of culture and spirituality on health


  • President-elect from Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2019

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback