Dr. Stetler was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She left the midwest for college in New England, where she developed into a die-hard Red Sox fan. After graduating from college, Dr. Stetler took a position as a research assistant at the National Center for PTSD at the VA Hospital in Boston, Mass. While there, she figured out what she wanted to do with her lifestudy clinical psychology, especially as it relates to physical health.

She began graduate school in 2000 at Washington University in St. Louis where she worked with Dr. Gregory E. Miller on his research examining depression, inflammation, and heart disease. When Dr. Miller took a faculty position at UBC in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Stetler was able to transfer to their Ph.D. program and continue working with him.

Dr. Stetler earned her Ph.D. in health psychology from UBC in 2007. She began teaching at Furman in 2006, where she enjoys teaching and conducting research in a small liberal arts setting. She was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2013.

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Name Title Description

PSY-201

Research Mthds & Statistics I

Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and/or humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-202

Research Mthds & Statistics II

Continuation of first research methods and statistics course. Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-214

Health Psychology

Issues of health and illness from a biopsychosocial perspective. Examining how the body responds to stress, the role of personality, social relationships, coping and socio-economic status in health and chronic disease. Students will conduct a term-long personal health behavior project.

PSY-218

Abnormal Psychology

An introduction to the study of psychopathology. Topics include the definition of mental illness, classification of psychopathology, and a survey of the types of disorders, their etiologies, epidemiology and symptoms.

PSY-415

Placebo Effect

Advanced seminar consisting of student-led presentations and class discussions based on literature reviews and empirical journal articles. We will seek to understand the placebo response- why people sometimes derive real benefits from an inert treatment or procedure. Students will design an original empirical test of a placebo-related hypothesis and submit a APA-style manuscript proposing their study.

PSY-450

Advanced Research Techniques

An introduction to and preparation for independent research in a specific sub-field of psychology . Topics include specialized research methodologies, advanced statistics, oral and written communication of research findings, and ethics. A literature review, research proposal and oral presentation.

PSY-RSRCH

Research Mthds & Statistics

Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and/or humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

Dr. Stetler has long-standing interests in how stress affects the neuroendocrine and immune systems in such a way that promotes disease risk. Her current research program focuses on psychosocial factors related to the placebo effect- when patients receive clinical benefit from an inert treatment.

  • He, X., Sun, Q., & Stetler, C.  (In press).  Warm communication style strengthens expectations and increases perceived improvement.  Health Communication.  10.1080/10410236.2017.1322482
  • Crumley, J., Stetler, C.A., & Horhota, M. (2014). Investingation the relationship between objective and subjective memory in older adults: A meta-analysis.  Psychology and Aging, 29, 250-263.
  • Stetler, C.A. (2014). Adherence, expectations, and the placebo response: Why is good adherence to an inert treatment beneficial?  Psychology and Health, 29, 127-140.
  • Stetler, C.A., & Miller, G.E. (2011). Depression and HPA activation: A quantitative summary of four decades of research. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73, 114-126
Education
Ph.D.
University of British Columbia
M.A.
Washington University in St. Louis
B.A.
Wellesley College

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