Cinnamon Stetler

Cinnamon Stetler

Professor of Psychology

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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.​​ In 2021, she was promoted to professor.


  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., Wellesley College



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