Consortium Publications

Below is a list of publications emerging out of the National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health, our Templeton Foundation-funded consortium that conducts research on religion/spirituality and health:


Stroope S., Kent B.V., Zhang Y., Kandula N.R., Kanaya A.M., Shields A.E. Self-Rated Religiosity/Spirituality and Four Health Outcomes Among US South Asians: Findings From the Study on Stress, Spirituality, and HealthThe Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2020; 208(2): 165-168.

Kent B.V., Stroope S., Kanaya A.M., Zhang Y., Kandula N.R., Shields A.E. Private religion/spirituality, self-rated health, and mental health among US South Asians. Quality of Life Research. 2020; 29(2): 495-504. 

Stroope S., Kent B.V., Zhang Y., Spiegelman D., Kandula N.R., Schachter A.B., Kanaya A.M., Shields A.E. Mental health and self-rated health among U.S. South Asians: the role of religious group involvementEthnicity & Health. 2019 [published online ahead of print August 30, 2019]. doi:10.1080/13557858.2019.1661358.

Spence N., Farvid M.S., Warner E.T., VanderWeele T.J., Tworoger S.S., Argentieri M.A., Shields A.E. Religious Service Attendance, Religious Coping, and Risk of Hypertension in Women Participating in the Nurses’ Health Study II. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2019 [published online ahead of print October 8, 2019]. doi:10.1093/aje/kwz222.

Zaimi I., Pei D., Koestler D.C., Marsit C.J., De Vivo I., Tworoger S.S., Shields A.E., Kelsey K.T., Michaud D.S. Variation in DNA methylation of human blood over a 1-year period using the illumina methylationEPIC arrayEpigenetics [published online ahead of print October 21 2018] doi: 10.1080/15592294.2018.1530008.

Cozier Y.C., Yu J., Wise L.A., VanderWeele T.J., Balboni T., Argentieri M.A., Rosenberg L., Palmer J.R., Shields A.E. Religious and spiritual coping and risk of incident hypertension in the black women’s health studyAnnals of Behavioral Medicine. 2018; 52(12): 989-998.

Shields A.E. Epigenetic signals of how social disadvantage "gets under the skin": a challenge to the public health communityEpigenomics. 2017; 9(3): 223-229.

Shields A.E., Wise L.A., Ruiz-Narvaez E.A., Seddighzadeh B., Y.C., Byun H.M., Cozier Y.C., Rosenberg L., Palmer J.R., Bacarelli A.A. Childhood abuse, promoter methylation of leukocyte NR3C1 and the potential modifying effect of emotional supportEpigenomics. 2016; 8(11): 1507-1517. 

VanderWeele T.J., Shields A.E. Religiosity and telomere length: one step forward, one step backSocial Science & Medicine. 2016; 163: 176-178.

VanderWeele T.J., Palmer J.R., Shields A.E. Respond to "church attendance and mortality"American Journal of Epidemiology. 2017; 185(7): 526-528.

VanderWeele T.J., Yu J, Cozier Y.C., Wise L., Argentieri M.A., Rosenberg L., Palmer J.R., Shields A.E. Attendance at religious services, prayer, religious coping, and religious/spiritual identity as predictors of all-cause mortality in the black women's health studyAmerican Journal of Epidemiology. 2017; 185(7): 515-522.

Nagarajan S., Seddighzadeh B., Baccarelli A., Wise L.A., Williams M, Shields A.E. Adverse maternal exposures, methylation of glucocorticoid-related genes and perinatal outcomes: a systematic reviewEpigenomics. 2016; 8(7): 925-944.

Argentieri M.A., Nagarajan S., Seddighzadeh B., Baccarelli A.A., Shields A.E. Epigenetic pathways in human disease: the impact of dNA methylation on stress-related pathogenesis and current challenges in biomarker developmentEBioMedicine. 2017; 18: 327-350.