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.
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
- "Forgiveness and physical health in healthy populations," in Forgiveness and health: Scientific evidence and theories relating forgiveness to better health, E. Worthington, D. R. Williams and L. L. Toussaint (Eds.), Springer Publishers, 2015
- "Prenatal depression and adverse birth outcomes: An updated systematic review," Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(6), 2015
- "Spiritual and religious resources in African American women: Protection from depressive symptoms after childbirth," Clinical Psychological Science, 3(2), 2015
Outside the College
When Alyssa isn't on campus, she can be found exploring West Michigan with her Australian Shepherd, Radio. She enjoys hiking, running, singing and listening to NPR.