Linda Luecken

Armstrong Hall
TEMPE Campus


Linda Luecken received her bachelor's from The Ohio State University, master's from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and doctorate from Duke University. Since 2000, she has been a member of the clinical and developmental psychology faculty at Arizona State University. Her research interests include, broadly, health psychology; women's health; social, developmental, and personality predictors of cardiovascular and hormonal stress reactivity; and the impact of early intervention on the development of biological stress regulation.

Professor Luecken's program of research involves studies of perinatal health in low-income and ethnic minority women; long-term physiological and health correlates of childhood adversity (parental death, parental divorce, maltreatment); and risk and protective influences on the emergence of biological, behavioral, and emotion self-regulation in low income and ethnic minority infants and children.


  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Duke University 1998                  
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Duke University 1995 
  • M.A. Experimental Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1992
  • B.S. Business Administration and Chemistry, The Ohio State University 1986 

Research Interests

Health Psychology, Women's Health. Social, developmental, and personality predictors of cardiovascular and hormonal stress reactivity and vulnerability to stress-related illnesses.

Research Projects:

  • Postpartum Depression in low-income and ethnic minority women
  • Long-term physiological and health correlates of childhood adversity
  • Health risk and protective factors associated with parental death or divorce


  1. Jewell, S.L., Suk, H.W., & Luecken, L.J. (in press). Modeling longitudinal change in heart rate variability from 6 weeks to 2 years among low-income Mexican American infants. Developmental Psychobiology.
  2. Lin, B., Crnic, K., Luecken, L.J., & Gonzales, N. (in press). Ontogeny of emotional and behavioral problems in a low-income Mexican American sample. Developmental Psychology.
  3. Jewell, S.L., Letham, K., Ibrahim, M.H., & Luecken, L.J., and MacKinnon, D.P. (2017). Maternal acculturation and postpartum weight in low-income Mexican American women. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51, 856-867.
  4. Somers, J.A., Ibrahim, M.H., & Luecken, L.J. (2017). Biological sensitivity to the effects of childhood family adversity on psychological well-being in young adulthood. Child Maltreatment, 22, 236-244.
  5. Ibrahim, M.H., Somers, J.A., Luecken, L.J., Fabricius, W.V., & Cookston, J. (2017). Father-adolescent engagement in shared activities: Effects on cortisol stress response in young adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 485-494.
  6. Jenchura, E.C., Gonzales, N.A., Tein, J-Y., & Luecken, L.J. (2017). Gender and the interplay of source of support and peer social rejection on internalizing among Mexican American youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 787-800.
  7. Luecken, L.J., Jewell, S.L., & MacKinnon, D.P. (2017). Maternal acculturation and the growth of impoverished Mexican-American infants. Obesity, 25, 445-451.
  8. Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D., Jewell, S.L., & Luecken, L.J. (2017). Social support coping style predicts women’s cortisol in the laboratory and daily life: the moderating role of social attentional biases. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 1, 66-81.
  9. Coburn, S., Gonzales, N.A., Crnic, K., & Luecken, L.J. (2016). Multiple domains of stress predict postpartum depressive symptoms in low-income Mexican American women: The moderating effect of social support. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19, 1009-1018.
  10. Luecken, L.J., Jewell, S.L., & MacKinnon, D.P. (2016). Prediction of postpartum weight in low-income Mexican-origin women from childhood experiences of abuse and family conflict. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(9), 1103-1113.
  11. Hagan, M., Luecken, L.J., Modecki, K., Sandler, I., & Wolchik, S. (2016). Childhood negative emotionality predicts biobehavioral dysregulation 15 years later. Emotion, 16, 877-885.
  12. Luecken, L.J., Hagan, M.E., Wolchik, S.A., Sandler, I.N., & Tein, J.Y. (2016). A longitudinal study of the effects of child-reported maternal warmth on cortisol stress response 15 years after parental divorce. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(2), 163-170.
  13. Sladek, M.R., Doane, L.D., Luecken, L.J., & Eisenberg, N. (2016). Perceived stress, coping, and cortisol reactivity in daily life: A study of adolescents during the first year of college. Biological Psychology, 117, 8-15.
  14. Roubinov, D., Luecken, L.J., Gonzales, N.A., & Crnic, K.A. (2016). Father involvement in Mexican-origin families: Development of a culturally sensitive measure. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(2), 277-287.
  15. Luecken, L.J., MacKinnon, D.P., Jewell, S.A., Crnic, K.A., & Gonzales, N.A. (2015). Effects of prenatal factors and temperament on infant cortisol regulation in low-income Mexican American families. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(8), 961-973.
  16. Jewell, S.L., Luecken, L.J., Gress-Smith, J., Crnic, K.A., & Gonzales, N.A. (2015). Economic stress and cortisol among postpartum low-income Mexican American women: buffering influence of family support. Behavioral Medicine, 41, 138-144.
  17. Luecken, L.J., Hagan, M., Mahrer, N., Wolchik, S.A., Sandler, I.N., & Tein, J.Y. (2015). Effects of a prevention program for divorced families on youth cortisol reactivity 15-years later. Psychology and Health, 30, 571-582.
  18. Gress-Smith, J.L., Roubinov, D.S., Andreotti, C., Compas, B.E., Luecken, L.J. (2015). Prevalence, severity, and risk factors for depressive symptoms and insomnia in college undergraduates. Stress and Health.
  19. Jackson, C.L., Ciciolla, L., Crnic, K.A., Luecken, L.J., Gonzales, N.A., & Coonrod, D.V. (2015). Intimate partner violence before and during pregnancy: Related demographic and psychosocial factors and postpartum depressive symptoms among Mexican American women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 659-679.
  20. Mahrer, N., Luecken, L.J., Wolchik, S. Tein, J.Y., & Sandler, I.N. (2014). Exposure to maternal distress in childhood and cortisol activity in young adulthood. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38, 570-576.
  21. Lin, B., Crnic, K., Luecken, L.J., & Gonzales, N.A. (2014). Maternal prenatal stress and infant regulatory capacity in Mexican Americans. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 571-582.
  22. Hagan, M.J., Roubinov, D.S., Mistler, A.K., & Luecken, L.J. (2014). Mental health outcomes in emerging adults exposed to childhood maltreatment: The moderating role of stress reactivity. Child Maltreatment, 19, 156-167.
  23. Hagan, M., Roubinov, D., Marreiro, C., & Luecken, L.J. (2014). Childhood interparental conflict and cortisol reactivity in young adulthood: Examining curvilinear relations. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 871-880
  24. Luecken, L.J., Hagan, M., Tein, J-Y., Ayers, T., Wolchik, S.A., & Sandler, I.N. (2014). Longitudinal mediators of a randomized prevention program effect on cortisol for youth from parentally-bereaved families. Prevention Science, 15, 224-232.
  25. Roubinov, D.S., Luecken, L.J., Crnic, K.A., & Gonzales, N.A. (2014). Postnatal depression in Mexican American fathers: demographic, cultural, and familial predictors. Journal of Affective Disorders, 152-154, 360-368.
  26. Sandler, I. N., Wolchik, S. A., Ayers, T. S., Tein, J. Y.,& Luecken, L. (2013). Family Bereavement Program (FBP) approach to promoting resilience following the death of a parent. Family Science, 4, 87-94.
  27. Luecken, L.J., Lin, B., Coburn, S., MacKinnon, D.P., Gonzales, N., & Crnic, K.A. (2013). Prenatal stress, partner support, and infant cortisol reactivity in low-income Mexican American families. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 3092-3101.
  28. Roubinov, D.S., & Luecken, L.J. (2013). Family conflict in childhood and adolescence and depressive symptoms in emerging adulthood: mediation by disengagement coping. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 54, 576-595.
  29. Wolchik, S., Sandler, I.N., Tein, J.Y., Mahrer, N.E., Millsap, R.E., Winslow, E. Velez, C., Porter, M.M., Luecken, L.J., & Reed, A. (2013). Fifteen-year follow-up of a randomized preventive intervention for divorced families: Effects on mental health and substance use outcomes in young adulthood. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 660-673.
  30. Gress-Smith, J.L., Roubinov, D.S., Tanaka, R., Crnic, K, Gonzales, N., Enders, E., & Luecken, L.J. (2013). Prenatal expectations in Mexican American women: Development of a culturally-sensitive measure. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 16, 303-314.
  31. Stanton, A., Luecken, L.J., MacKinnon, D.P., & Thompson, E. (2013). Mechanisms in psychosocial interventions for adults living with cancer: Opportunity for integration of theory, research, and practice. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 318-335.
  32. Luecken, L.J., Roubinov, D., & Tanaka, R. (2013). Childhood family environment, socia competence, and health across the lifespan. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 171-178.
  33. Andreotti, C., Champion, J.E., Madeleine J. Dunn, M.J., Haker, K., Potts, J., Reising, M.M., Robinson, K.E., Rodriguez, E.M., Roubinov, D., Luecken, L.J., & Compas, B.E. (2013). Cognitive reappraisal and secondary control coping: Associations with working memory, positive and negative affect, and symptoms of anxiety/depression. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 26, 20-35.
  34. Roubinov, D., Hagan, M., & Luecken, L.J. (2012). If at first you don’t succeed: the neuroendocrine impact of using a range of strategies during social conflict. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 25, 397-410.
  35. Gress, J.L., Luecken, L.J., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Howe, R. (2012). Postpartum depression prevalence and impact on infant health, weight, and sleep in low-income and ethnic minority women and infants. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16, 887-893.
  36. Luecken, L.J., & Roubinov, D.S. (2012). Hostile behavior links negative childhood family relationships to heart rate reactivity and recovery in young adulthood. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84, 172-179.
  37. Luecken, L.J., & Roubinov, D.S. (2012). Pathways to lifespan health following childhood parental death. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 243-257.
  38. Hagan, M., Tein, J.Y., Sandler, I.N., Wolchik, S., Ayers, T., & Luecken, L.J. (2012). Strengthening effective parenting practices over the long-term: Effects of a preventive intervention for parentally bereaved families. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 177-188.
  39. Main, A., Zhou, Q., Ma, Y., Luecken, L. J., & Liu, X. (2011). Relations of SARS-related stressors and coping to Chinese college students’ psychological adjustment during the 2003 Beijing SARS epidemic. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 410-423.
  40. MacKinnon, D.P. & Luecken, L.J. (2011). Statistical analysis for identifying mediating variables in public health dentistry interventions. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 71, S37-S46.
  41. Hagan, M., Roubinov, D., Gress, J., Luecken, L.J., Sandler, I., & Wolchik, S. (2011). Positive parenting during childhood moderates the impact of recent negative events on cortisol activity in parentally bereaved youth. Psychopharmacology,214, 231-238.
  42. Sandler, I. Ayers, T.S., Tein, J.Y., Wolchik, A., Millsap, R., Khoo, S.T., Kaplan, D., Ma, Y., Luecken, L., Schoenfelder, E., Coxe, S. (2010). Six-year follow-up of a preventive intervention for parentally-bereaved youth: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164, 907-914.
  43. Roubinov, D.S., & Luecken, L.J. (2010). Father bonding and blood pressure in young adults from intact and divorced families. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 69, 161-168.
  44. Luecken, L.J., Hagan, M., Sandler, I.N., Ayers, T., Tien, J.Y., & Wolchik, S. (2010). Cortisol levels six years after the Family Bereavement Program. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35, 784-789.
  45. Hagan, M., Luecken, L.J., Sandler, I.N., & Tien, J.Y. (2010). Prospective effects of post-bereavement negative events on cortisol activity in parentally bereaved youth. Developmental Psychobiology, 52, 394-400.
  46. Davis, M.C., Luecken, L.J., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2009). Resilience in common life: introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Personality, 77(6), 1637-1644.  
  47. Kraft, A.J. & Luecken, L.J. (2009). Childhood parental divorce and cortisol in young adulthood: Evidence for mediation by family income. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 1363-1369.
  48. Luecken, L.J., Kraft, A.J., & Hagan, M. (2009). Negative relationships in the family-of-origin predict attenuated cortisol in emerging adults. Hormones and Behavior, 55, 412-417.
  49. Luecken, L.J., Appelhans, B.A, Kraft, A.J., & Enders, C. (2009). Emotional and cardiovascular sensitization to daily stress following childhood parental loss. Developmental Psychology, 45(1), 296-302.
  50. Luecken, L.J., Purdom, C., & Howe, R. (2009). Prenatal care initiation in low-income Hispanic women: risk and protective factors. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33(3), 264-275.
  51. MacKinnon, D.P., & Luecken, L.J. (2008). How and for whom? Mediation and moderation in health psychology. Health Psychology, 27, 99-100.
  52. Appelhans, B.M., & Luecken, L.J. (2008). Heart rate variability and pain: Associations of two interrelated homeostatic processes. Biological Psychology, 77, 174-182.
  53.  Fabricius, W.V., & Luecken, L.J. (2007). Post-divorce living arrangements parent conflict and long-term physical health correlates for children of divorce. Journal of Family Psychology, 21(2), 195-205.
  54. Moses, Z.G., Luecken, L.J., & Eason, J.C. (2007). Measuring task-related changes in heart rate variability. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 644-647.
  55. Appelhans, B.M., & Luecken, L.J. (2006). Heart rate variability as an index of regulated emotional responding. Review of General Psychology, 10, 229-240.
  56. Compas, B.E., Beckjord, E., Agocha, B., Sherman, M., Langrock, A., Grossman, C., Dausch, B., Glinder, J., Kaiser, C., Anderson-Hanley, C., & Luecken, L.J.  (2006). Measurement of coping and stress responses in women with breast cancer. Psycho-oncology, 15, 1038-1054.
  57. Appelhans, B., & Luecken, L.J. (2006). Attentional processes, anxiety, and the regulation of physiological reactivity. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 19, 81-92.
  58. Luecken, L.J., Appelhans, B.M., Kraft, A., & Brown, A. (2006). Never far from home: A cognitive-affective model of the impact of early-life family relationships on physiological stress responses in adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 189-203.
  59. Luecken, L.J., & Appelhans, B.M. (2006). Early parental loss and cortisol stress responses in young adulthood: The moderating role of family environment. Development and Psychopathology, 18, 295-308.
  60. Luecken, L.J. (2006). Childhood adversity and cognitive performance in aging: A lifespan developmental model. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25, 33-52.
  61. Tartaro, J, Nosarti, C., Luecken, L.J., Roberts, J., Crayford, J. & David, A.S. (2006). Who benefits?  Distress, adjustment and benefit-finding among breast cancer survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 23, 45-64.
  62. Bellani, R., Luecken, L.J., & Conrad, C.D. (2005). Peripubertal anxiety profile can predict spatial memory impairments following chronic stress. Behavioral Brain Research, 166, 263-270.
  63. Luecken, L.J., Rodriquez, A., & Appelhans, B.M. (2005). Cardiovascular stress responses in young adulthood associated with family-of-origin relationships. Psychosomatic Medicine, 67, 514-521.
  64. Luecken, L.J. & Appelhans, B. (2005). Information-processing biases in young adults from bereaved and divorced families. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114, 309-313.
  65. Tartaro, J., Luecken, L.J., & Gunn, H.E. (2005). Exploring heart and soul: Effects of  religiosity/spirituality and gender on cortisol and cardiovascular stress responses. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 753-766.
  66. Davis, D., Luecken, L.J., & Zautra, A. (2005). Are reports of childhood maltreatment related to the development of chronic pain in adulthood? A meta-analytic review of the literature. Clinical Journal of Pain, 21, 398-405.
  67. Luecken, L.J., & Lemery, K. (2004). Early caregiving and adult physiological stress responses. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 171-191.
  68. Lin, K.K., Sandler, I.N., Ayers, T.S., Wolchik, S.A., & Luecken, L.J.  (2004). Resilience in parentally-bereaved children and adolescents: Family, child, and stress variables. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 673-683.
  69. Luecken, L.J., Tartaro, J, & Appelhans, B. (2004). Strategic coping responses and attentional biases. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 28, 23-37.
  70. Dausch, B.M., Compas, B.E., Beckjord, E., Luecken, L.J., Anderson-Hanley, C., Sherman, M., & Grossman, C. (2004). Rates and correlates of DSM-IV diagnoses in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 11, 159-169.
  71. Huntsinger, E., & Luecken, L.J. (2004). Attachment style and health behavior: The mediating role of self-esteem. Psychology and Health, 19, 515-526.
  72. Luecken, L.J., Dausch, B., Gulla, V., Hong, R., & Compas, B.E. (2004). Alterations in morning cortisol associated with PTSD in women with breast cancer. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 56, 13-15.
  73. Luecken, L.J., & Fabricius, W.V. (2003).  Physical health vulnerability in adult children from divorced and intact families.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 55, 221-228.       
  74. Luecken, L.J., & Compas, B.E.  (2002). Stress, coping, and immune function in breast cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 24, 336-344.          
  75. Compas, B.E., & Luecken, L.J. (2002). Psychological adjustment to breast cancer: Cognitive and interpersonal processes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(3),111-114.
  76. Luecken, L.J. (2000). Parental caring and loss during childhood and adult cortisol responses to stress.  Psychology and Health, 15, 841-851.
  77. Luecken, L.J.  (2000). Attachment and loss experiences during childhood are associated with adult hostility, depression, and social support. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 49, 85 -91.
  78. Luecken, L.J.  (1998) Childhood attachment and loss experiences affect adult cardiovascular and cortisol function.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 60, 765-772.
  79. Luecken, L.J., Suarez, E.C., Kuhn, C.M., Barefoot, J.C., Blumenthal, J.A., Siegler, I.C., & Williams, R.B.  (1997). Stress in employed women: Impact of marriage and children at home on neurohormone output and home strain.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 59, 352-359.
  80. Sczcepanski, R., Napolitano, M., Feaganes, J.R., Barefoot, J., Luecken, L., Swoap, R., Kuhn,C., Suarez, E., Siegler, I., Williams, R.B., & Blumenthal, J.A. (1997).  Relationship of mood ratings and neurohormonal responses during daily life in employed women.  International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 4, 1-16.
  81. Williams, R.B., Barefoot, J.C., Blumenthal, J.A., Helms, M.J., Luecken, L.J., Pieper, C.F., Siegler, I.C., & Suarez, E.C. (1997).  Psychosocial correlates of job strain in a sample of working women. Archives of General Psychiatry, 54, 543-548.
  82. Luecken, L.J., & Lysle, D.T. (1992).  Evidence for the involvement of beta-adrenergic receptors in conditioned immunomodulation. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 38, 209-220.
  83. Lysle, D.T., Luecken, L.J., & Maslonek, K.A. (1992).  Modulation of immune status by a conditioned aversive stimulus:  Evidence for the involvement of endogenous opioids.  Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 6, 179-188.
  84. Lysle, D.T., Luecken, L.J., & Maslonek, K.A. (1991). Suppression of the development of adjuvant arthritis by a conditioned aversive stimulus. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 6, 64-73.

Research Activity


Summer 2019
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PSY 792Research
PSY 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
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LIA 194Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
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Spring 2018
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PSY 399Supervised Research
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Fall 2017
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PSY 366Abnormal Psychology
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PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
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Fall 2016
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PSY 462Health Psychology
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Spring 2016
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Fall 2015
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PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 462Health Psychology
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Spring 2015
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PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 462Health Psychology
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
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PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 680Practicum