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About Carolyn Cutrona

Carolyn Cutrona's research interests include coping with stress, social support, close relationships, health psychology and marital relationships. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Carolyn Cutrona and Daniel Russell, with a multi-million dollar grant from the federal government, are conducting a large-scale longitudinal study of vulnerability and resilience among economically stressed parents who are striving to raise their children in rural settings. The mental health of parents is critically important because distressed parents and those suffering from psychiatric disorders show significant impairment in parenting functions which, in turn, renders their children vulnerable to disorder. 


Present Professor and Chair, Iowa State University Department of Psychology

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • University of Iowa Faculty Scholar Award 1989-1992
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association. 2005
  • W. Houston Dougharty Ally Award, 2007
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society, 2007
  • Department of Psychology Exceptional Leadership Award, 2007
  • College of Liberal Arts Career Excellence in Research Award, 2008
  • State of Iowa “Outstanding Iowan” Certificate of Recognition from Governor Culver, 2009
  • Department of Psychology Leadership Excellence in Learning Communities Award, 2011
  • Learning Communities Champion Award from the ISU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2011
  • Iowa State University Career Research Excellence Award, 2012

Contact Information

W112 Lagomarcino
901 Stange Rd
Ames, IA 50011-1041
Phone: 515-294-0282
Fax: 515-294-6424


Non-Peer Reviewed Articles (2)

Peer-Reviewed Articles (25)