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J. David Creswell, PhD March 29, 2012, 12:00 pm UPMC Shadyside, Hillman Cancer Center,Research Pavilion Second Floor Conference Room

BRAIN, BEHAVIOR, and CANCER Seminar Series
Sponsored by the Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

The Stress Buffering Effects of Self-Affirmation:Basic Mechanisms and Treatment Implications

J.David Creswell, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Carnegie Mellon University

Self-affirmation is a process of reflecting on one's important values or personal relationships, and has been theorized to play an important role in buffering threats to the self. This talk will describe a program of research in Dr. Creswell’s lab that explores how self-affirmation can buffer stress and distress responses. He will review research he has conducted showing that self-affirmation reduces stress reactivity to social stressors, and how self-affirmation reduces distress and promotes adjustment in early-stage breast cancer patients. Finally, he will describe some surprising basic reward and social support pathways that may reveal how self-affirmation confers stress and health protective effects over time. Conclusions will focus on the clinical value of self-affirmation as a portable and effective intervention for stressed patient populations.

The Hillman Cancer Center Research Pavilion 2nd floor Conference Room is located on the second floor of the Hillman Cancer Center, 5117 Centre Ave, Shadyside. After entering the building, please let the guard (past the information desk on the right) know that you are attending the seminar so he can admit you to the Research Pavilion. Take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor; the conference room is to the left upon exiting the elevators and directly forward upon reaching the stairway landing.

Parking is available in the garage at the UPMC Cancer Pavilion across the street from the Hillman Cancer Center (~$6 cash/credit for 1-2 hours). There are also parking meters along Centre Avenue, Cypress Street, and Baum Boulevard in the blocks surrounding the Cancer Center. The 71A & 71C both travel from Oakland and stop at Cypress Street just beyond the Cancer Center entrance.

A light lunch will be provided.  Please contact Jessica Manculich ( if you plan to attend, need directions, or need more information.