Dean Cruess

Degree: Ph.D., 1998, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
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Research Synopsis: Dr. Cruess has research interests within the subfields of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, and Personality Psychology.


His research involves understanding how psychosocial and physiological factors impact thoughts, emotions, behaviors and mental and physical health outcomes.  He is also interested in designing interventions to modify these important factors.

Research Interests: Dr. Cruess is specifically interested in how stress, depression, anxiety, personality characteristics, and other psychosocial and behavioral factors influence risk behavior (such as sexual risk and adherence behavior) and ultimately how these factors impact mental and physical health functioning.


He studies these factors in a variety of patient populations, including HIV/AIDS, cancer and cardiovascular disease.  He is also currently examining these factors among psychiatric inpatients.

  • PSYC 2300 (Abnormal Psychology)
  • PSYC 5301 (Adult Psychopathology)
  • PSYC 6301 (Adult Psychotherapy Practicum)
Undergraduates: If you are an undergraduate student interested in participating in my research lab for course credit, please email me.  Keep in mind that you should be free to attend our weekly lab meetings on Wednesdays in order to participate.
Representative Publications: Cruess, D.G., Finitsis, D.J., Smith, A.L., Goshe, B.M., Burnham, K.E., Burbridge, C., O’Leary, K. (2015). Brief Stress Management Reduces Acute Distress and Buffers Physiological Response to a Social Stress Test. International Journal of Stress Management, 22, 270-286.


Cruess, D.G., Benedict, C., Lattie, E.G., Molton, I., Kinsinger, D., Kava, B., Manoharan, M., Soloway, M., & Penedo, F.J. (2013).  Predictors of mental and physical health functioning among men treated for localized prostate cancer. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95, 54-61.


Cruess, D.G., Kalichman, S.C, Amaral, C., Swetzes, C., Cherry, C. & Kalichman, M.O. (2012). Benefits of adherence to psychotropic medications on depressive symptoms and HIV medication adherence among HIV-positive men and women.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 189-197.


Cruess, D.G., Localio, A.R., Platt, A.B., Brensinger, C.M., Christie, J.D., Gross, R, Parker, C.S., Price, M., Metlay, J.P., Cohen, A., Newcomb, C.W., Strom, B.L., & Kimmel, S.E.  (2010). Patient attitudinal and behavioral factors associated with warfarin non-adherence at outpatient anticoagulation clinics.  International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17, 33-42.


Cruess, D.G., Meagher, S., Antoni, M.H., & Millon, T. (2007). Utility of the Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic (MBMD) to predict adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) medication regimens among HIV-positive men and women. Journal of Personality Assessment, 89, 277-290.


Cruess, D.G., Douglas, S.D., Petitto, J.M., Ten Have, T., Gettes, D., Dubé, B., Cary, M., & Evans, D.L. (2005).  Association of resolution of major depression with increased natural killer cell activity among HIV-seropositive women.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 2125-2130.


Cruess, D.G., Antoni, M.H., Schneiderman, N., Ironson, G., McCabe, P., Fernandez, J.B., Cruess, S.E., Klimas, N., & Kumar, M. (2000).  Cognitive-behavioral stress management increases free testosterone and decreases psychological distress in HIV-seropositive men.  Health Psychology, 19, 12-20.

Other Info: Dr. Cruess has a joint appointment as Professor of Medicine at UConn Health in Farmington, CT.  He is Associate Editor of the journal Biological Psychology. He is co-director of the T32 AIDS Training Grant (with Seth Kalichman and Lisa Eaton).


Dr. Cruess is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Connecticut.