Stephen Ristvedt

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Associate Professor of Psychiatry

    • 608 Citations
    1993 …2019

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    Research interests

    My research has focused on the role of stable psychological characteristics that are associated with maladaptive health-related perceptions and behaviors. Initial studies found that individuals who scored low on measures of trait anxiety (i.e. who tend to be complacent in the face of threatening situations) took significantly longer than others to recognize the seriousness of developing cancer symptoms and thus seek help. On the other hand, those cancer survivors who scored high on the same measures of trait anxiety (i.e. who tend toward excessive worry and negative rumination) reported significantly poorer quality of life 2-5 years following treatment. Additional studies are being conducted to determine dispositional predictors of adherence to cancer screening recommendations. Findings from these studies will inform future efforts to educate and motivate the public toward more adaptive health-related behaviors.

    Areas of Clinical Interest

    Health psychology, depression, anxiety disorders, pain management

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    Research Output

    • 608 Citations
    • 18 Article
    • 1 Comment/debate

    Giving Voice to Black Men: Guidance for Increasing the Likelihood of Having a Usual Source of Care

    Stewart, K. A., Ristvedt, S., Brown, K. M., Waters, E. A., Trinkaus, K., McCray, N. & James, A. S., May 1 2019, In : American Journal of Men's Health. 13, 3

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  • Appraisal of emerging symptoms of colorectal cancer: Associations with dispositional, demographic, and tumor characteristics

    Ristvedt, S. L., Pruitt, S. L. & Trinkaus, K. M., Aug 2014, In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 37, 4, p. 698-708 11 p.

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  • 3 Scopus citations

    The evolution of gender

    Ristvedt, S. L., Jan 2014, In : JAMA psychiatry. 71, 1, p. 13-14 2 p.

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    23 Scopus citations

    Endogenous testosterone levels are associated with assessments of unfavourable health information

    Ristvedt, S. L., Josephs, R. A. & Liening, S. H., Apr 1 2012, In : Psychology and Health. 27, 4, p. 507-514 8 p.

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  • 4 Scopus citations