Daily stress is focus of upcoming Pattishall Lecture

March 21, 2011

David Almeida, professor of human development in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development, will present the 2011 Pattishall Research Lecture. His lecture, "The Speedometer of Life: Daily Stress, Health, and Well-Being," will be given at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building on the University Park campus. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.

Almeida is one of the world’s leading figures in the study of the effects of stress on health. Well known in the scientific community for his work in adult development, Almeida also has made his mark in researching specific populations and contexts, such as the workplace and family interactions and parenting children with developmental disabilities.

Almeida’s research has helped bring about a shift in the field of stress research. His research has shown that minor yet frequent daily stressors are often better predictors of important health outcomes than major life events, which have been the focus of research for decades. To further his research in this area, Almeida developed an instrument, the Daily Inventory of Stressful Experiences. This instrument has become a standard in developmental health research.

Almeida has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1996, and since 2005 has been principal investigator of five NIH grants totaling nearly $8.5 million. He has received funding from many other agencies, including the German Research Council, the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Almeida has been at Penn State since 2004; prior to this he was faculty member at the University of Arizona. He received a bachelor of arts in psychology from the California State University and a doctorate in life span developmental psychology from the University of Victoria.

The Pattishall Research Lecture is delivered each year by the most recent recipient of the Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, which honors a senior faculty member who has made outstanding research contributions to the field across a major portion of his or her career. The award was established by the late Evan Pattishall, who served as dean of the former College of Human Development, and his wife Helen.

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