Dr. Anita Delongis

Dr. Anita DeLongis headshot


B.A. [Pscyhology] (University of California-Berkeley), Ph.D. [Psychology] (University of California-Berkeley)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

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Dr. Delongis focuses her research on the effects of everyday stress on physical and psychological health. She studies for whom and under what conditions stress results in problems of adaptation. For example, she looks at how close relationships can buffer the impact of stress on health and well-being. Dr. Delongis also examines the biological, cognitive, and emotional pathways through which these effects occur. She has studied stress in patients coping a range of chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, SCI, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

In addition to her role as an Investigator at ICORD, Dr. Delongis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She completed her B.A. and Ph.D., both in psychology, at the University of California-Berkeley.

Dr. Delongis’ research can help to identify the range outcomes caused by stress, from marital dissatisfaction and divorce, to physical and mental illness. Her work will also aid in the development of treatments for at-risk populations by allowing the design of evidence-based intervention

Visit Dr. Delongis’ web site.

For some of her major findings, please see the selected papers below, as well as her recent publications listed at the bottom of the page:

Affiliation with organizations and societies:

  • Academy of Behavioral Medicine
  • Western Psychological Association
  • Journal of Family Psychology


Some of Dr. Delongis’ major awards and accomplishments include:

  • Faculty Research Fellowship (Isaac Walton Killam Memorial, 1993)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship (National Institute of Mental Health, 1985-1987)

Current Lab Members

Masters Student Ph.D. Student Post-Doctoral Fellow
Jessie Pow Ellen Stephenson Dr. Jamie Veale


Trainee Awards

Year Name Award
2012 Jessie Dezutter Postdoctral Fellowship (Research Foundation Flanders)
Ellie Stephenson Entrance Scholarship (UBC)
Jamie Veale Entrance Scholarship (UBC)
2011 Mark Lam Meritorious Award for research presented (Society for Behavioral Medicine)
2009 Mark Lam Doctoral Graduate Fellowship (UBC)
2008 David King
  • Student Paper Award (International Conference on Personal Meaning)
  • Elizabeth Young Lacey Scholarship (UBC)
  • Doctoral Fellowship Award (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)

Current Opportunities in the Lab

Please contact Dr. Delongis with inquiries.

Recent publications

  • Klaiber, P, van Roekel, E, DeLongis, A, Sin, NL. 2024. From the COVID-19 lockdown to the new normal: Two-year changes in daily stress and positive event processes.. Stress Health. doi: 10.1002/smi.3423.
  • Morstead, T, Rights, JD, Sin, NL, DeLongis, A. 2024. Predictors of Complicated Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Classified Analysis.. Omega (Westport). doi: 10.1177/00302228241239698.
  • Wen, JH et al.. 2024. Nightly Sleep Predicts Next-Morning Expectations for Stress and Positive Experiences.. Psychosom Med. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000001303.
  • Klaiber, P, Hill, PL, Almeida, DM, DeLongis, A, Sin, NL. 2024. Positive event diversity: Relationship with personality and well-being.. J Pers. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12917.
  • Hill, PL et al.. 2024. Examining changes in sense of purpose before, during, and after COVID-19 vaccination.. Vaccine. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2024.01.028.
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