Marcia Anne Winter, Ph.D.

Marcia Anne Winter, Ph.D.

Contact Information

300 Crittenden Blvd
Rochester, NY 14642-8409

Office: (585) 276-4903

Research Bio

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.

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 17 available »

2013 Aug
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; 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.
O'Connor TG; Winter MA; O'Connor B; Robertson-Blackmore E; Glover V; Pressman EK; Gunnar M; Moynihan JA; Caserta MT. "Prenatal Maternal Anxiety Alters Infant Stress Reactivity". 2013; .
2012 May
Raymond KP, Fiese BH, Winter MA, Knestel A, Everhart RS. "Helpful hints: caregiver-generated asthma management strategies and their relation to pediatric asthma symptoms and quality of life." Journal of pediatric psychology. 2012 May; 37(4):414-23. Epub 2012 Mar 09.