Allison Farrell

Allison Farrell

Assistant Professor


312 Psychology Building

Miami University

Oxford, OH 45056


Dr. Farrell leads the Mechanisms Affecting Relationships, Stress, & Health


B.S., Psychology, Haverford College

Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Minnesota

Postdoc, Psychology and Molecular Medicine & Genetics, Wayne State University

Teaching Interests

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on close relationships and health psychology. My courses are designed to emphasize strong writing skills, critical thinking, and active learning.

Research Interests

In my lab, we study the mechanistic pathways explaingn how close relationships, particularly parent-child and romantic relationships, affect stress and physical health. Out relationships with others can help buffer us from stress when they're going smoothly, but low-quality relationships can also create stress, and both sides have implications for physical health. Specifically, I am interested in how stress, and relationships affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and inflammatory processes. Through multi-method studies utilizing observational, self-report, and biological measures, I aim to uncover how close relationships get "under the skin" and stay with us throughout our lifespan in order to inform translational research. Please check out the MARSH Lab website for more information.

Professional Recognition

Guest co-editor, Special issue of Personal Relationships: "Mechanisms Linking Relationships and Physical Health," 2020

Young Inverstigator Colloquium Scholar, American Psychosomatic Society, 2017

Heritage Dissertation Award winner, Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, 2015

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2015-2016

Selected Works

Farrell, A.K., & Stanton, S.C.E. (in press). Towards a mechanistic understanding of links between close relationships and health. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Young, E.S., Farrell, A.K., CArlson, E.A., Englund, M.M., Miller, G.E., Gunnar, M.R., Roisman, G.I., & Simpson, J.A. (in press). The dual impact of early and concurrent life stress on adult diurnal cortisol patterns: A prospective study. Psychology Science.

Farrell, A.K., Waters, T.E.A., Young, E.S., Englund, M.M., Carlson, E.A., Roisman, G.I., & Simpson, J.A. (2019). Early maternal sensitivity, adult attachment security and cardiometabolic risk: A prospective longitudinal study. Attachment and Human Development, 21,  70-86.

Farrell, A.K., Imami, L., Stanton, S.C.E., & Slatcher, R.B. (2018). Affective processes as mediators of links between close relationship functioning and physical health. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 12, e12408.

Farrell, A.K., Slatcher, R.B., Imami, L., Tobin, E.T., Mair-Meijers, H., Wildman, D.E., Luca, F., & Zilioli, S. (2018). Socioeconomic status, family emotional climate, and anti-imflammatory gene expression among youth with asthma. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 91, 62-67.

Farrell, A.K., Simpson, J.A., Overall, N.C., & Shallcross, S.L. (2016). Buffering the reactions of avoidantly attached partners in strain test situations. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 580-591

Full list of publications available on the MARSH Lab Website