Stress Response Patterns and Health

Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie

FAU Contact:
Rohleder, Nicolas Prof. Dr.


Human life is characterized by repeated acute stress experiences. Biological stress responses respond in different ways to repeated stress exposures, some of which can be considered adaptive while others might be maladaptive. In our research focus "Stress Response Patterns and Health" we address three important questions:

  1. How do different biological systems respond to repeated acute stress?

  2. Which psychological processes determine or moderate adaptation of biological stress response systems?

  3. What are the long-term health effects of specific stress response patterns? 

Related Project(s)

IMMERSE: Cognitive performance in acute stress
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder; Dr. Ursula Schade
(01/05/2017 - 15/09/2017)
HABIT: Role of Anxiety and Coping Strategies in the Habituation to repeated acute Stress
Johanna Janson; Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder; Sarah Sturmbauer
COST: Role of Coping Strategies in physiological Responses to acute psychosocial Stress
Johanna Janson; Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder
(01/01/2016 - 31/07/2016)

Assigned publications

Janson, J., & Rohleder, N. (2017). Distraction coping predicts better cortisol recovery after acute psychosocial stress. Biological psychology.
Huang, T., Poole, E.M., Vetter, C., Rexrode, K., Kubzansky, L., Schernhammer, E.,... Tworoger, S.S. (2017). Habitual sleep quality and diurnal rhythms of salivary cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone in postmenopausal women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 84, 172-180.
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.
Kuras, Y., McInnis, C., Thoma, M., Chen, X., Hanlin, L., Gianferante, D., & Rohleder, N. (2017). Increased alpha-amylase response to an acute psychosocial stress challenge in healthy adults with childhood adversity. Developmental psychobiology.
Thoma, M., Gianferante, D., Hanlin, L., Fiksdal, A., Xuejie, C., & Rohleder, N. (2017). Stronger hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis habituation predicts lesser sensitization of inflammatory response to repeated acute stress exposures in healthy young adults. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 61, 228-235.
Kern, S., Rohleder, N., Eisenhofer, G., Lange, J., & Ziemssen, T. (2014). Time matters – Acute stress response and glucocorticoid sensitivity in early multiple sclerosis. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 41, 82--89.
Het, S., Schoofs, D., Rohleder, N., & Wolf, O. (2012). Stress-induced cortisol level elevations are associated with reduced negative affect after stress: Indications for a mood-buffering cortisol effect. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(1), 23-32.
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.

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