Sarah D. Pressman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

University of California, Irvine
Psychology & Social Behavior
contact: pressmas(at)   

Sarah Pressman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Irvine.  Her research focuses on the interplay between positive emotions, social relationships and health, with a focus on the physiological processes that underlie these associations.

 She completed her PhD (2006) at Carnegie Mellon University working with Dr. Sheldon Cohen  and a post doctoral fellowship (2006-2008) at the University of Pittsburgh working in the laboratory of Dr. Karen Matthews.  From 2008-2012 she was the Beatrice Wright Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Pressman has  published in a variety of well regarded peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Psychological Bulletin, Health Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Current Directions in Psychological Science) and her work has been widely cited by the media including the New York Times, Web MD, PBS, Psychology Today, Fox News and many popular magazines.  A recent  honor was that one of her papers was selected as a Fast-Breaking Paper by Thomson Essential Science Indicators for being one of the most cited &  influential papers in the field of Psychiatry & Psychology.  (see this link for details: Fast Breaking Paper)

NEWS: As of January 2013 Dr. Pressman will be joining the University of California, Irvine. Her new website can be found here: