Assistant Professor • Director of Graduate Studies
Health and Behavioral Sciences

Office location:
North Classroom 3021A

Office hours:
Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm or via Zoom by appointment

As a health psychologist, my research addresses the ways in which psychological factors engender resilience and protect against health risks associated with disadvantaged social status (low socioeconomic standing, racial minority). This work utilizes multiple methodologies, including national longitudinal survey data, biological assessments of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, and laboratory assessments of emotion regulation and physiological reactivity and recovery to stress.

Postdoctoral, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Program, University of Pittsburgh, 2014-2016
Postdoctoral, Health Disparities Research Scholars Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine, 2013-2014
Ph.D., 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Biological Psychology)
M.S., 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Biological Psychology)
B.A., 2008, Illinois Wesleyan University (Psychology)

Boylan, J.M., Tompkins, J.L., & Krueger, P.M. (2022). Psychological well-being, education, and mortality. Health Psychology41(3), 225-234. DOI: 10.1037/hea0001159

Jiang, Y., Boylan, J.M., & Zilioli, S. (2021). Effects of the Great Recession on socioeconomic disparities in cardiometabolic health. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication. 

 Lee, C., Park, S., & Boylan, J.M. (2021). Cardiovascular health at the intersection of race and gender: identifying life-course processes to reduce health disparities. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 76, 1127-1139.

Ryff, C.D., Boylan, J.M., & Kirsch, J.A. (2020). Disagreement about recommendations for measurement of well-being. Preventative Medicine. 106049. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106049

Boylan, J.M., Cundiff, J.M., Fuller-Rowell, T.E., & Ryff, C.D. (2020). Childhood socioeconomic status and inflammation: psychological moderators among Black and White Americans. Health Psychology, 39, 497-508. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000866

Cundiff, J.M., Boylan, J.M., & Muscatell, K.A. (2020). The pathway from social status to physical health: taking a closer look at stress as a mediator. Current Directions in Psychological Science29, 147-153.

Boylan, J.M., Cundiff, J.M., Jakubowski, K.P., Pardini, D.A., & Matthews, K.A. (2018).  Pathways linking childhood SES and adult health behaviors and psychological resources in Black and White men. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, 1023-1035. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kay006

Boylan, J.M., Cundiff, J.M., & Matthews, K.A. (2018). Socioeconomic status and cardiovascular responses to standardized stressors: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 80, 278-293. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000561

 Boylan, J.M., & Robert, S.A. (2017). Neighborhood SES is particularly important to the cardiovascular health of low SES individuals. Social Science & Medicine, 188, 60-68. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.07.00

HBSC 7031: Human Ecology and Environmental Adaptation  

HBSC 7061: Quantitative Methods in Health and Behavioral Sciences 

HBSC 7071: Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health 

PBHL 3091: Live Long and Prosper: Public Health and Aging 

PBHL 3939: Internship in Public Health, Faculty Sponsor 

PBHL 3999: Healthy Aging (Special Topics in Public Health) 

PBHL 4040: Social Determinants of Health 

PBHL 4099: Capstone Experience in Public Health