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Professor • Program Director Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical Health Psychology

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology 
Campus Box 173, PO Box 173364 
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
North Classroom Building
1200 Larimer Street
Room 5008G (5th floor)

Office Hours:
By appointment

Expertise Areas:
I specialize in clinical health psychology with particular research interests in cardiovascular health psychology and the influence of religiousness/spirituality on health. I am also interested in how sense of meaning and purpose can be used to increase adherence to healthy behavior regiments, particularly physical activity and exercise. You can read more about my research on my lab's website and Facebook page.

B.A. Cedarville University, 1980
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Dayton, 1982
Clinical Psychology Internship, Duke University Medical Center, 1988
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1989

Dr. Masters is a clinical psychologist and a leader in the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and former editor of Journal of Behavioral Medicine. he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Masters is interested in studying cardiovascular processes and disease from the perspective of behavioral medicine as well as the relations between spirituality, religiousness, and health. He has published laboratory studies on cardiovascular reactivity to stress based on religious orientation and practices and his meta-analytic reviews on distant intercessory prayer and health outcomes have been influential. Currently he is involved in research examining religious practices and cardiovascular stress reactivity in the lab, spiritually based interventions for individuals with congestive heart failure, and how meaning/purpose may increase adherence to healthy behavior regimens.

Dr. Masters is the Program Director for the Ph.D. training program in Clinical Health Psychology. He has written extensively on issues of training in clinical health psychology and was a member of the committee charged with drafting the restablishment of clinical health psychology as an officially recognized area of specialization within the American Psychological Association. Dr. Masters is also an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of the APA.

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Hooker, S.A., & Masters, K.S. (In Press). Purpose in life is associated with physical activity measured by accelerometer. Journal of Health Psychology.

Jordan, K., Masters, K.S., Hooker, S.A., Ruiz J.M., & Smith, T.W. (In Press). An interpersonal approach to individual differences in religiousness and spirituality as influences on health and well-being. Journal of Personality.

Hooker, S.A., Masters, K.S., & Carey, K.B. (2014). Multidimensional assessment of religiousness/spirituality and health behaviors in college students. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 228-240. Doi:10.1080/10508619.2013.808870

Masters, K.S., & Hooker, S.A. (2013). Religiousness/Spirituality, cardiovascular disease and cancer: review with emphasis on cultural sensitivity and methodological innovation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology81, 206-216.

Nash, J.M., McKay, K., Vogel, M.E., & Masters, K.S. (2012). Functional roles and foundational characteristics of psychologists in integrated primary care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings19, 93-104

Masters, K.S., & Knestel, A. (2011). Religious orientation and cardiovascular reactivity among middle aged adults: is being pro-religious really that good for you? Journal of Behavioral Medicine34, 449-461.

O’Dell, K., Masters, K.S., Spielmans, G.I., & Maisto, S.A. (2011) Does Type-D Personality predict outcomes among patients with cardiovascular disease? A meta-analytic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research71, 199-206.

Deaner, R.O., Masters, K.S., Ogles, B.M., & LaCaille, R.A. (2011). Marathon performance as a predictor of competitiveness and training in men and women. Journal of Sport Behavior, 34, 325-342.

Masters, K.S., Spielmans, G.I., LaCaille, R.A., Goodson, J.T., Larsen, B.T., Heath, E.M., & Knestel, A. (2011). Effects of home exercise on immediate and delayed affect and mood         among rural individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, 5, 1-16.

Masters, K.S., & Knestel, A. (2011). Religious orientation among a random sample of community dwelling adults: Relations with health status and health relevant behaviors. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 63-76.

Kapuscinski, A.N., & Masters, K.S. (2010). The current status of measures of spirituality: A critical review of scale development. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2, 191-205.

Gillum R.F, & Masters, K.S. (2010). Religiousness and blood donation: Findings from a National Survey. Journal of Health Psychology15, 163-172

Masters, K.S., France, C.R., & Thorn, B.E. (2009). Enhancing preparation among entry level clinical health psychologists: Recommendations for “best  practices” from the First Meeting of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP).  Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 3, 193-201.

Health Psychology II - Graduate Course
Cardiovascular Health Psychochology - Graduate Course