Assistant Professor of PsychologyNeha John-Henderson


Neha John-Henderson , Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Montana State University
P O Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-7976
Fax: (406) 994-3804
Office: TRAP 305


Fall Office Hours:
TR 1:30-2:30 or by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Socioeconomic Adversity, Resilience, and Health Lab

Research Interests

Early life family environments; Early life socioeconomic status; Social disparities in health; Psychoneuroimmunology; Socioeconomic Status and Health; Social support; Implicit biases; Subjective social status; Emotion regulation.


2014 - Ph.D., Psychology (Social-Personality/Behavioral Neuroscience)
University of California, Berkeley
completed May 14, 2014
Dissertation: Social Support as a Shaper of our Physiological Responses to Stressors: Implications for the Relationship between Socioeconomic Status and Health.
*Awarded APA Dissertation Research Award
Dissertation Committee: Darlene Francis, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Iris Mauss
2004-2006 - Post Baccalaureate course work in Biology and Chemistry
University of Southern California
2003 - B.A., Sociology,
University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology:Introduction to the principal areas, problems, and concepts of Psychology.

Social Psychology: Survey of social psychology including interaction processes, small groups, attitude and attitude change, and social problems.


Selected Publications

Marsland, A. L., Walsh, C., Lockwood, K., John-Henderson,  N. A. (In press). The effects of acute psychological stress on circulating and stimulated inflammatory markers: A systematic review and meta-analysis.Brain Behavior and Immunity.


Rheinschmidt-Same, M., John-Henderson, N.A., Mendoza-Denton, R. (in press). Ethnically-based theme house residency and expected discrimination predict downstream markers of inflammation among college students. Social Psychological and Personality Science.


Bajaj, A., John-Henderson, N.A., Cundiff, J. M., Marsland, A.L., Manuck, S.B., Kamarck. T.W. (2016). Daily social interactions, close relationships, and systemic inflammation in two samples: Healthy middle-aged and older adults. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 58, 152-164.


John-Henderson, N.A., Kamarck, T.W., Muldoon, M.F., Manuck, S.B. (2016). Early life family conflict, social interactions and carotid artery intima-media thickness in adulthood. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78, 319-326.


John-Henderson, N.A., Marsland, A.L., Kamarck, T.W., Manuck, S.B. (2016). Childhood SES and the occurrence of recent negative life events as predictors of circulating and stimulated levels of IL-6 in adulthood. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78, 91-101.


John-Henderson, N.A. Stellar, J. E., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Francis, D.D. (2015). Socioeconomic Status and Social Support: Social support reduces inflammatory reactivity for individuals whose early life socioeconomic status was low. Psychological Science, Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0956797615595962


John-Henderson, N.A. (2015).Implicit cognition: implications for global health disparities. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 24, 751-763.


John-Henderson, N. A., Stellar, J.E., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Francis, D.D. (2015). The role of interpersonal processes in shaping inflammatory responses to social-evaluation. Biological Psychology, 110, 134-137.


Stellar, J.E., John-Henderson, N.A., Anderson, C., Gordon, A., McNeil, G. & Keltner, D. (2015). Positive Affect and Inflammation: Discrete positive emotions predict lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Emotion, 15, 129-133.


John-Henderson, N.A., Rheinschmidt, M.L., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2014). Cytokine responses and math performance: the role of stereotype disconfirmation and stress reappraisals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 203-206.


John-Henderson, N.A., Rheinschmidt, M. L., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Francis D.D. (2014). Performance and inflammation outcomes are predicted by different aspects of SES in stereotype threat. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 301-309. doi: 10.1177/1948550613494226


John-Henderson, N., Jacobs, E.G, Mendoza-Denton, R., Francis D. (2012) Wealth, Health, and the moderating role of Implicit Social Class Bias, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 173–179. doi:10.1007/s12160-012-9443-9


Saxton, K., John-Henderson, N., Reid, M., Francis, D. (2011) The social environment and inflammatory processes in rats and humans: Interaction between early life experience and adult social status. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 25, 1617–1625. doi:10.1016/j.bbi. 2011.05.010