Chronic Stress and Health

Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie

FAU Contact:
Rohleder, Nicolas Prof. Dr.


Chronic stress has long been identified as a determinant of adverse health outcomes. Chronic stress can have many different causes, such as work overload or unemployment, or caring for a family member with chronic illness, to name a few. While many potential mechanisms linking chronic stress with disease have been investigated, many pieces of stress-disease puzzle remain unknown. Here we focus on chronic low-grade inflammation as a pathway linking stress with disease, and we study specifically the psychological and biological determinants of inflammatory disinhibition.

Related Project(s)

IMMUNE: Immune against stress? - Validation of the German version of the STRAIN
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder; Sarah Sturmbauer
(03/07/2017 - 01/03/2018)
STING: German Translation and Evaluation of the Stress and Adversity Inventory (STRAIN)
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder; Sarah Sturmbauer
PFCS: Protective Factors in chronically stressed Caregivers
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder

Assigned publications

Rohleder, N. (2017). Burnout, hair cortisol, and timing: Hyper- or hypocortisolism? Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Chen, X., Gianferante, D., Hanlin, L., Fiksdal, A., Breines, J., Thoma, M., & Rohleder, N. (2017). HPA-axis and inflammatory reactivity to acute stress is related with basal HPA-axis activity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 78, 168-176.
Rohleder, N. (2016). Chronic Stress and Disease. In Istvan Berczi (Eds.), Insights to Neuroimmune Biology. (pp. 201-214). Elsevier Inc..
Strahler, J., Skoluda, N., Rohleder, N., & Nater, U. (2016). Dysregulated stress signal sensitivity and inflammatory disinhibition as a pathophysiological mechanism of stress-related chronic fatigue. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 68, 298-318.
Ehrlich, K.B., Miller, G.E., Rohleder, N., & Adam, E.K. (2016). Trajectories of relationship stress and inflammatory processes in adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 127-138.
Rohleder, N. (2012). Stress system regulation of chronic low-grade inflammation. Advances in Neuroimmune Biology, 3(3-4), 265-276.
Kudielka, B., & Rohleder, N. (2011). Psychoneuroendocrinological and –immunological changes over the life span [Psychoendokrinologische und -immunologische Veränderungen während der Lebensspanne]. In Ehlert, U., von Känel, R. (Eds.), Psychoendokrinologie und Psychoimmunologie. Heidelberg: Springer.
Rohleder, N. (2011). Variability in stress system regulatory control of inflammation: A critical factor mediating health effects of stress. Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 6(2), 269-278.

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