Sheldon Cohen

Dr. Cohen's work focuses on the roles of stress and social support systems in health and well-being. He has published pioneering theoretical and empirical work on the effects of aircraft noise on health and development of school children, and on the roles of stress and social networks in physical and mental health. During the last 25 years, he has been studying the effects of stress, affect, and social support on immunity and susceptibility to infectious disease. His experimental laboratory work focuses on establishing the neuroendocrine (hormonal) pathways that may link psychological states to alterations in the immune system, while his correlational work focuses on identifying neuroendocrine, immune, and behavioral pathways that link stress, personality, and social networks to disease susceptibility. His classic work on the role of psychosocial factors in susceptibility to the common cold has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association [+]