News and Announcements

  • We will be accepting a new doctoral student in our lab for the Fall 2021 semester! Applications are due January 1, 2021. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Brunwasser by email and see Rowan’s Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Application page for application details.
  • Welcome to Nicole Kelso, MPS! Nicole is a new student in Rowan’s Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program. See Our Team page for more information about Nicole.
  • Welcome to our new undergraduate research assistants: Camila Mira, Arianna Abulevsko, and Violet Terwilliger!
  • Dr. Brunwasser’s research on the role of infant RSV infection in the development of chronic wheezing illness, commissioned by the World Health Organization, was highlighted in the College of Science & Mathematics Newsletter for the Spring 2020 semester.


Our lab, in the Rowan University Department of Psychology, conducts research aimed at preventing chronic health conditions. To that end, We have four specific areas of focus:

  1. Risk identification. Identifying individuals at elevated risk for health problems and in greatest need of preventive services
  2. Etiology. Identifying modifiable processes that contribute to the development of chronic health conditions
  3. Intervention. Developing, evaluating, and implementing interventions targeting etiological factors that contribute to chronic health conditions in real-world settings
  4. Research synthesis. Conducting quantitative reviews to evaluate the strength of evidence for key etiological theories and preventive interventions

Core Principles

  • Transparency. We work to make our research methods and findings as transparent as possible. Whenever possible, we share data and our analytic code, allowing others to reproduce and critique our results.
  • Patient-Centered Research. We subscribe to the patient-centered research approach in which the population of interest in a research study should be involved from the outset in all phases of the research process. We strive to work together with patient representatives and stakeholders to ensure that our work addresses questions that are of greatest value to the populations we study.
  • Transdiagnostic targets. Our group does not focus on a single health outcome. Rather, we are interested in studying etiological processes that contribute to a number of chronic health outcomes. For instance, we study the role that prenatal and infant immune development plays in both mental and physical health outcomes.