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Marcia Anne Winter, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 276-4903



My research focuses on the mechanisms by which stress exposure influences child health. I am particularly interested in how children are affected emotionally, at the level of interpreting and making meaning of challenging situations, and physically, at the level of immune function and health outcomes. In addition, I examine how various processes, for example parenting and family processes, can be protective for children.

My most recent research, entitled Child & Adolescent Physical & Emotional Development - Cancer Context (CAPED-C; K99HD070953), is currently in the pilot phase. We are investigating how families and children cope with a diagnosis of pediatric cancer. Specifically, we examine how broad sociodemographic and life stress, biological factors, health behaviors, and psychosocial processes interact to influence mental health and immunologic factors, which in turn influences disease processes and quality of life. This research advances a novel, integrative biopsychosocial model of pediatric mental and immune function in the context of sociodemographic and family risk and protective factors. The public health significance of this work lies in its potential to highlight multiple, individual- and family-level points of intervention within populations of vulnerable, immunocompromised children.


Journal Articles

O'Connor TG, Winter MA, Hunn J, Carnahan J, Pressman EK, Glover V, Robertson-Blackmore E, Moynihan JA, Eun-Hyung Lee F, Caserta MT. "Prenatal maternal anxiety predicts reduced adaptive immunity in infants." Brain, behavior, and immunity.. 2013 Aug 0; 32:21-8. Epub 2013 Feb 21.

Winter, M. A. & O'Connor, T. G. "Child Immune Function and Family Processes." 2013; In prep.

Winter, M. A., O'Connor, T. G., Moynihan, J. A., Caserta, M. T., & Carnahan, J. "Sociodemographic risk and child immune function." 2013; In prep.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The dynamics of family chaos and its relation to children's socio-emotional well being
Book Title: Chaos and its influence on children's development: An ecological perspective
Author List: Fiese, B. H., & Winter, M. A
Edited By: G. Evans & T. Wachs
Published By: APA2010 in Washington, DC

Chapter Title: Family stories and rituals
Book Title: Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology
Author List: Fiese, B. H., & Winter, M. A
Edited By: J. Bray & M. Stanton
Published By: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.2009 in Malden, MA

Chapter Title: Family influences
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Child Development
Author List: Fiese, B. H., & Winter, M. A
Edited By: M. Haith & J. Benson
Published By: Elsevier2008 in Oxford