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Clayton J. Hilmert

Associate Professor


North Dakota State University
Department of Psychology
Office: Minard 126C48
Phone: (701) 231-5148


I am a health psychologist and a social psychologist. My primary interests are in stress psychophysiology, cardiovascular health, and pregnancy. My research focuses on interactions among multiple psychological (emotions, appraisals, motivation) and physiological (autonomic, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and immune) responses to stress. The goal is to understand how these interactions impact health. Current research involves the effects of stress in the natural environment on pregnancy outcomes, the effects of social support on physiological reactivity, and associations between stress psychophysiology and personality, emotions, and daily experiences. I use laboratory, daily diary, and on-site methods in my work and collaborate with local hospitals to recruit patient populations for pregnancy research.







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Selected Publications

Hilmert, C. J., Dominguez, T. P., Schetter, C. D., Srinivas, S. K., Glynn, L. M., Hobel, C. J., & Sandman, C. A. (2014). Lifetime racism and blood pressure changes during pregnancy: Implications for fetal growth. Health Psychology, 33(1), 43-51. doi: 10.1037/a0031160

Robinson, M. D., Ode, S.,* & Hilmert, C. J. (2014). Cortisol reactivity in the laboratory predicts ineffectual attentional control in daily life. Psychol Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2014.884224

Hilmert, C. J., Teoh, A. N.,* & Roy, M. M. (2013). Effort and negative affect interact to predict cardiovascular responses to stress. Psychol Health, 29(1), 64-80. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2013.825917.

Robinson, M. D., Ode, S.,* & Hilmert, C. J. (2011). Regulated and unregulated forms of cortisol reactivity: A dual vulnerability model. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(3), 250-256.

Hilmert, C. J. & Kvasnicka, L. R. (2010). Blood pressure reactivity and emotional responses to stress: Perspectives on cardiovascular reactivity. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 470-483.

Hilmert, C. J., Ode, S.*, Zielke, D. J.*, & Robinson M. D. (2010). Blood Pressure reactivity predicts daily stress and somatic symptoms. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 33(4), 282-292.

Hilmert, C. J., Dunkel Schetter, C., Parker Dominguez, T., Abdou, C., Hobel, C., Glynn, L., & Sandman, C. (2008). Blood pressure and stress during pregnancy: Racial differences and associations with birthweight.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 57-64.

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