Carolyn Cutrona

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W112 Lagomarcino

Department of Psychology 
Iowa State University 
Ames, IA 50011-3180

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(515) 294 - 0283


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Courses Taught:

Psych 101: Introduction to Psychology

Psych 112: Psychology Learning Community Seminar

Psych 484X:  Psychology of Close Relationships

Psych 592A:  The Psychology of Close Relationships


Coping with stress; social support; close relationships; health psychology; marital relationships



Selected Abstracts

UCLA Loneliness Scale


Grant Funding


Social Provisions Scale

Causal Dimension Scale

Iowa Infant Feeding Attitudes Scale


"The future is purchased by the present." Samuel Johnson


Carolyn Cutrona and Daniel Russell, with a multi-million dollar grant from the federal government, are conducting a large-scale longitudinal study of vulnerability and resilience among economically stressed parents who are striving to raise their children in rural settings. The mental health of parents is critically important because distressed parents and those suffering from psychiatric disorders show significant impairment in parenting functions which, in turn, renders their children vulnerable to disorder. Participants in the study are geographically diverse and will be drawn from communities that show a high level of economic disadvantage. The study will investigate the following: 

  • Effects of community characteristics on interpersonal relationships, personal outlook, chronic and acute stressors, and symptoms and syndromes of psychiatric disorder.
  • Contribution of personality and problem-solving skills to success with which parents deal with these stressors.
  • Contribution of relationships with intimate partner and members of the social network to success with which parents deal with these stressors.



Natsuaki, N. Ge, X. Brody, G. H., Simons, R. L., Gibbons, F. X., & Cutrona C. (in press)  American African children's depressive symptoms: Prospective effect of neighborhood disorder, stressful life events, and parenting.  American Journal of Community Psychology.

Brody, G. H., Chen, Y. F., Murry, V. M., Ge, X. Simons, R. L., Gibbons, F. X., Gerrard, M., & Cutrona, C. E. (in press).  Perceived discrimination and the adjustment of African “American youths:  A five-year longitudinal analysis with contextual moderation effects.  Child Development.

Cutrona, C. E., Wallace, G., & Wesner, K. (2006).  Neighborhood characteristics and depression.  Current Directions in Psychology, 15, 188-192.

Black, A. R., Cook, J. L., Murry, V. M., Logan, P., & Cutrona, C. E.  (in press).  Ties that bind:  Implications of social support for rural, partnered African American women’s health functioning.  Women’s Health Issues.

Cutrona, C. E., Russell, D. W., Brown, P. A., Clark, L. A., Hessling, R. M., & Gardner, K. A. (2005).  Neighborhood context, personality, and stressful life events as predictors of depression among African American women.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114, 3-15.

Cutrona, C. E., Russell, D.W., & Gardner, K. A. (2005).  The relationship enhancement model of social support.  In K. Kayser, G. Bodenman, & T. Revenson (Eds.), Couples coping with stress: Emerging perspectives on dyadic coping (pp. 73-95).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Cutrona, C. E. (2004).  A psychological perspective:  Marriage and the social provisions of relationships.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 66, 992–999.

Gardner, K. A., & Cutrona, C. E. (2004).  Social support communication in families.  In A. Vangelisti (Ed.) Handbook of Family Communication (pp. 495–512).  Mahway, NJ: Erlbaum.

Cutrona, C. E., & Gardner, K. A. (2004).  Social support.  In A. Christensen, Health Psychology (pp. 280–284).  New York: Macmillan.

Suhr, J. A., Cutrona, C. E.,  Krebs, K. K., & Jensen, S. L. (2004).  The Social Support Behavior Code.  In P. K. Kerig & D. Baucom (Eds.).  Couple observational coding systems (pp. 311–318).  Mahway, NJ: Erlbaum.

Ge, X., Kim, I. J., Brody, G. H., Conger, R. D., Simons, R. L., Gibbons, F. X., & Cutrona, C. E. (2003).  It’s about timing and change: Pubertal transition effects on symptoms of major depression among African American youths.  Developmental Psychology. 39, 430–439.

Cutrona, C. E., Russell, D. W., Abraham, W. T., Gardner, K. A., Melby, J. N., Bryant, C., & Conger, R. D. (2003).  Neighborhood context and financial strain as predictors of marital interaction and marital quality in African American couples.  Personal Relationships, 10, 389–409.

Schmitz, M. F., Russell, D. W., & Cutrona, C. E. (2002).  The validity of self-reports of physician utilization among the elderly.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 21, 203–219.

Simons, R. L., Murry, V., McLoyd, V., Lin, K. H., Cutrona, C. E., & Conger, R. D. (2002).  Discrimination, crime, ethnic identity, and parenting as correlates of depressive symptoms among African American children: A multilevel analysis.  Development and Psychopathology, 14, 371–393.

Murry, V. M., Brown, P. A., Body, G. H., Cutrona, C. E., & Simons, R. L. (2001).  Racial discrimination as a moderator of the links among stress, maternal psychological functioning, and family relationships.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63, 915–926. 

Cutrona, C. E. (2000).  Social support principles for strengthening families. In J. Canavan, P. Dolan, & J. Pinkerton (Eds.), Family support in disadvantaged families (pp. 103–122).  Dublin, Ireland: Routledge.

Cutrona, C. E., & Cole, V. (2000).  Optimizing support in the natural network.  In L. G. Underwood, S. Cohen, & B. H. Gottlieb (Eds.), Social support measurement and interventions: A guide for health and social scientists.  Oxford University Press.

Cutrona, C. E., Russell, D. W., Hessling, R. M., & Brown, P. A. (2000).  Direct and moderating effects of community context on the psychological well being of African American women.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 1088–1101.