Dr. Alyssa CheadleAssistant Professor of Psychology
Alyssa Cheadle joined the Hope faculty as an assistant professor of psychology in 2016. She teaches courses on research methods and health psychology. Her research interests focus on understanding how and why religiousness and spirituality are associated with mental and physical health, especially for pregnant and postpartum women.
Areas of Interest
Alyssa specializes in health psychology and sees health and illness as a function of psychological, social and behavioral factors in addition to biomedical processes. She is particularly interested in how religious and spiritual factors influence health. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws on her training in divinity school on lived religion as well as her training in physiology and psychoneuroimmunology.
- Ph.D., psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016
- M.A., psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
- Master of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School, 2010
- B.A., psychology and biology, Luther College, 2008
Honors, GRANTS and Awards
- Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, “Biobehavioral Aspects of Physical and Mental Health,” National Institute of Mental Health Training Grant T32 MH015750-31A1, 2012–2014
- "Mastery, self-esteem, and optimism mediate the link between religiousness and spirituality and postpartum depression," with C. Dunkel Schetter, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 2018
- "Untangling the mechanisms underlying the links between religiousness, spirituality, and better health," with C. Dunkel Schetter, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11(2), 2017
- "Postpartum depressive symptoms following consecutive pregnancies: Stability, change, and mechanisms," with C.D. Schetter, D.E. Saxbe and C.M. Guardino, Clinical Psychological Science, 4(5), 2016
- "Spiritual and religious resources in African American women: Protection from depressive symptoms after childbirth," with C. Dunkel Schetter, R.G. Lanzi, M.R. Vance, L.S. Sahadeo, M. Shalowitz and CCHN, Clinical Psychological Science, 3(2), 2015
Outside the College
When Alyssa isn't on campus, she can be found exploring West Michigan with her husband Paul Pearson, a member of Hope's math department, and their Australian Shepherd, Radio. She enjoys hiking, running, singing and listening to NPR.