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Elliot M. Friedman

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Email: efriedman |at| purdue.edu
Office: HNLY 247 Map
Phone: 765-496-6378
Fax: 765-496-1144
Homepage: Homepage
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

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Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1993

Research Interests

Psychosocial influences on biological regulation and health in aging adults; positive psychological functioning and healthy aging

Teaching Interests

Adult development and aging; lifespan development


National Institutes of Health
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW-Madison)
Comprehensive Cancer Center (UW-Madison)


Zuelsdorff MS, Engelman CD, Friedman EM, Koscik RL, Jonaitis EM, La Rue A, Sager MA (2013). Stressful Events, Social Support, and Cognitive Function in Middle-aged Adults with a Family History of Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Aging and Health, 25, 944-959.

Lemola S, Lederman T, Friedman EM (2013). Variability of sleep duration is related to subjective sleep quality and subjective well-being. PLoS One, Advanced online publication. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071292

Friedman EM, Ryff CD (2012). Living well with medical co-morbidities: a biopsychosocial perspective. Journals of Gerontology, Psychological Sciences, 67, 535-544.

Ryff CD, Friedman EM, Morozink JA, Tsenkova V (2012). Psychological resilience in adulthood and later life. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 32, 73-92.

Hale L, Hill T, Friedman E, Nieto J, Galvao L, Engelman C, Malecki K, Peppard P (2012). Perceived neighborhood disorder, sleep quality, and health status: evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Social Science & Medicine, 79: 16-22.

Herd P, Friedman EM, Karraker A (2012). The social patterns of a biological risk factor for disease: race, gender, socioeconomic position, and C-reactive protein. Journals of Gerontology, Social Sciences, 67: 503-513.

Ryff, C.D., Friedman, E.M., Fuller-Rowell, T.E., Dienberg Love, G., Morozink, J.A., Radler, B.T., & Tsenkova, V. (2012). Varieties of resilience in MIDUS. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 792-806.

Friedman EM (2012). Well-being, aging, and immunity. In S.C. Segerstrom (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology. New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 37-62.

Friedman EM & Ryff CD (2012). Theoretical approaches: a biopsychosocial approach to positive aging. In: S.K. Whitbourne & M. Sliwinski (Eds.), Handbook of Adult Development and Aging. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing. Pp. 3-24.

Lin F, Friedman E, Quinn J, Chen D-G, Mapstone M (2012). Effect of leisure activities on inflammation and cognitive function in an aging sample. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 54(3): e398-404.

Gruenewald TL, Seeman TE, Karlamangla AS, Friedman E, Evans W (2012). Biological imprints of social status: Socioeconomic gradients in biological markers of disease risk. In B. Wolfe, B. Evans, & T. Seeman (Eds.) Biological Consequences of Socioeconomic Inequalities. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Gleason CE, Dowling NM, Friedman EM, Wharton W, Asthana S (2011). Using predictors of hormone therapy use to model the healthy user bias: how does healthy user status influence cognitive effects of hormone therapy? Menopause (epub).

Greenfield EA, Lee C, Friedman EM, Springer KW (2011). Childhood abuse as a risk factor for poor sleep quality in adulthood: evidence from a US national study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42(2): 245-256.

Friedman EM (2011). Sleep quality, social engagement, and inflammation: an integrative analysis in a national sample. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1231(1): 23-34.

Nieto FJ, Peppard PE, Engelman CD, McElroy JA, Galvao LW, Friedman EM, Bersch AJ, Malecki KC (2010). The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), a novel infrastructure for population health research: rationale and methods. BMC Public Health, 10:785-797.

Morozink JA, Ryff CD, Friedman EM, Coe CL (2010). Socioeconomic and psychosocial predictors of interleukin-6 in the MIDUS sample. Health Psychology, 29: 626-635.

Friedman EM (2010). Stress and Immune Function. In: Charlene A. McQueen (Ed.), Comprehensive Toxicology, volume 5, pp. 531-547. Oxford: Elsevier.

Friedman EM & Herd P (2010). Income, education, and inflammation: differential associations in a national probability sample (the MIDUS study). Psychosomatic Medicine, 72: 290-300.

Friedman EM, Williams DR, Singer BH, Ryff CD (2009). Chronic discrimination predicts higher circulating levels of E-selectin in a national sample: the MIDUS study. Brain Behavior & Immunity, 23: 684-692.

Krueger PM & Friedman EM (2009). The correlates of sleep duration in the United States: a cross-sectional population based study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 169: 1052-1063.

Friedman EM, Love GD, Davidson R, Urry H, Rosencranz M, Singer BH, Ryff CD (2007). Socioeconomic status predicts subjective and objective sleep quality in aging women. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69: 682-691.

Friedman EM, Hayney M, Love GD, Singer BH, Ryff CD (2007). Plasma interleukin-6 and soluble IL-6 receptors are associated with psychological well-being in aging women. Health Psychology, 26: 305-313.

Friedman, EM, Hayney M, Love GD, Davidson R, Urry H, Rosencranz M, Singer BH, Ryff CD (2005). Social relationships, sleep quality, and interleukin-6 in aging women. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102: 18757-18762.

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