Office: Rawl 132
104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Ph.D., The University of North Carolina
Relationships between forgiveness, hostility and cardiovascular reactivity to stress; psychological predictors of health in older adults, especially spirituality and social support; coping strategies and reactivity.
One aspect of our research concerns the relationship between psychological processes and cardiovascular responses. The psychological processes under investigation include forgiveness, spirituality, hostility, modes of anger expression, Type A behavior, and styles of coping. These characteristics are examined for their relationship to stress-induced increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and health, both physical and psychological. A second aspect focuses on the predictors of successful aging in older adults. We are exploring three primary predictors: spirituality, provision of social support and health behaviors as they predict physical and psychological health.
Selected publications in peer refereed journals:
Lawler-Row, K. A. (2010). Forgiveness as a mediator of the religiosity—health relationship. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2, 1-16.
Lawler-Row, K. A. & Elliott, J. (2009). The role of religious activity and spirituality in the health and well-being of older adults. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 43-52.
Lawler-Row, K. A., Karremans, J. C., Scott, C., Edlis-Matityahou, M., & Edwards, L. (2008). Forgiveness, physiological reactivity and health: the role of anger. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 68, 51-58.
Lawler-Row, K. A., Younger, J. A., Piferi, R. L., & Jones, W. H. (2006). The role of adult attachment style in forgiveness following an interpersonal offense. Journal of Counseling and Development, 84, 493-502.
Lawler-Row, K. A. & Piferi, R. L. (2006). The forgiving personality: predicting a life well lived. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 1009-1020.