Michael Stefanek


Michael Stefanek


Academic Appointment(s)

College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Psychological Sciences


PhD: Va Tech; 10 years Faculty Johns Hopkins University SOM; 8 years, Branch Chief NCI/ NIH; 3 years Associate VP, Behavioral Research Center, American Cancer Society; 2 years Assoc VP Research, Indiana University

  • (706) 729-2341
  • SCI E1025


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psych Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1984

  • MS, Psych, General Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1982

  • BA, Psych, General Community College of Baltimore, 1974


  • Maryland State License: Psychologist 1986

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Senior Scientist Award Recipient Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Cancer Special Interest Group (SIG), 30th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions , 2009

  • Quality Step Increase (QSI) Performance Award National Cancer Institute, 2000

  • Quality Step Increase (QSI) Performance Award National Cancer Institute , 1999

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PSYC 1101

    Intro to General Psychology
  • PSYC 3122

    Research Methods
  • PSYC 6922

    Research Methods Lab II
  • PSYC 3950

    Selected Topics: Science and Pseudoscience

Teaching Interests

Research Ethics; Health Psychology; Critical Thinking


Selected Recent Publications

  • Cancer Risk Perception, 2017
    Book, Chapter in Textbook-Revised
  • Youssef N, Belew D, Hao G, Wang X, Treiber F, Stefanek M, Yassa M, Boswell E, McCall V, Su S. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Association of Childhood Adversities with Depression and the Role of Resilience. Journal of Affective Disorders (2016)., 2016
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Blood Pressure Trajectories from Childhood to Young Adulthood: The Georgia Longitudinal Study of Stress and Cardiovascular Health, 2015
  • Inflammation-induced activation of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase pathway: possible relevance to cancer-related fatigue, 2015
  • Cancer Risk Perception, 2013
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Research Interests

Basic and Applied Decision Making, Decision Making and Aging, Risk Communication, Behavioral Oncology, Health Psychology, Team Science' Critical Thinking

Department Service

  • Comps Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Advisor: Sam Omelian/Victoria Liu 2017 - Present

  • Comprehensvie Exam Committee (n=4) 2017 - Present

  • Thesis Committee: Sam Omelian 2017 - Present

  • 2016 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor

College Service

  • Promotion and Tenure Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Budget Committee 2017 - 2017

    Role: Other

University Service

  • Mentor: Lovoria Williams/Sangmi Kim 2017 - Present

  • Cybersecurity Internal Advisory Board 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • IRB-A Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Other

Professional Service

  • Health Psychology Journal (APA) 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • SBM Committee, Senior Research Scientist Award, Annual Meeting Poster Judge 2017 - Present

  • Health Research Board, Cork, Ireland 2016 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • Journal of Adolescent Health 2016 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer