Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2013-
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities
University of Colorado Denver, 2011-2013
Director, Master of Integrated Sciences Program
University of Colorado Denver, 2008-2012
Acting Chair, Department of Physics
University of Colorado Denver, 2009-2010
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Colorado Denver, 2007-2010
Interim Chair, Department of Psychology
University of Colorado at Denver, 2006-2007
Chair, Faculty Assembly
University of Colorado at Denver, 2004-2006
Program Coordinator and Advisor, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
University of Colorado at Denver 1998-2007
Developmental Psychobiology, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO 1994-1996
Biological Psychology and Neurobiology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1994
Psychology, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 1989
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Professor of Psychology, 2013-
The Colorado School of Public Health
Professor of Community and Behavioral Health, 2012-
The University of Colorado Denver
Professor of Psychology, 2008-2013
Adjunct Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, 2008- 2013
Associate Professor of Psychology, 2002-2008
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, 2002-2008
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences,1997-2002
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 1996-2002
The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, 1994-1996
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate Research Assistant (NIH funded)
Department of Psychology, 1991-1994
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, 1989-1991
2011 Stone, T. and Coussons-Read, M.E., Leading from The Middle: A Case-Study Approach to Academic Leadership for Associate and Assistant Deans, American Council on Education Higher Education Series, Rowman and Littlefield, Latham, MA.
In Press-Okun, M.L., and Coussons-Read, M.E. Endocrine and immune correlates of sleep during pregnancy, invited chapter in The Neuroimmunology of Sleep, D.P, Cardinali, and S.R. Pandi- Perumal (Eds.).
In Press Coussons-Read, M.E. The Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress in Pregnancy, Current Directions in Psychological Science.
2012 Coussons-Read, M.E., Lobel, M., Carey J. C., Kreither, M.O., D'Anna, K., Argys L., Ross, R.G.,Brandt, C., Cole, S. Occurrence of preterm delivery is linked to pregnancy-specific distress and elevated inflammatory markers across gestation, Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 26, 650-9
2012 D'Anna-Hernandez, K., Hoffman, M.C, Zerbe, G. O., Coussons-Read M., Ross, R.G., Laudenslager, M.L. Acculturation, Maternal Cortisol, and Birth Outcomes in Women of Mexican Descent, Psychosomatic Medicine 74. 296-304.
2012 Coussons-Read, M.E. Neural-Immune Interactions in Pregnancy, invited chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology, S. Segerstrom (Ed.)
2009 Okun, M., Coussons-Read, M. & Hall, M.Disturbed sleep is associated with increased C- reactive protein in young women. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 23 (3), pp 351-354
2008 Okun, M.L., Hall, M., and Coussons-Read, M.E. Stress and social support affects c-reactive protein in healthy young women, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 23, 351-4.
2008 Schultze, E., Laudenslager, M., and Coussons-Read, M.E. Effects of seasonal stress on depressive symptoms and cortisol rhythms in Colorado ranchers, Journal of Rural Health, 25, 109-113.
2008 Geise, S and Coussons-Read, M.E. Impact of ingestion of rice bran and shitake mushroom extract on lymphocyte function and cytokine production in healthy rats, Journal of Dietary Supplements, 5 (1), 549-561.
2007 Okun, M.E., Hall, M., and Coussons-Read, M.E. Sleep Disturbances Increase IL-6 Production during Pregnancy: Implications for Pregnancy Complications, Reproductive Sciences
2007 Coussons-Read, M.E., Okun, M.E., and Nettles, C.D. Psychosocial stress increases inflammatory markers and alters cytokine production across pregnancy, Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 21, 343-350.
2007 Okun, M.E., and Coussons-Read, M.E. Sleep Disruption during pregnancy: How does it influence serum cytokines, Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 73, 158-165.
2006 Coussons-Read M.E. Infant Mortality, In N. Salkind, (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development, 702-707.
2005 Coussons-Read, M.E., Okun, M.L., Geise, S. and Schmitt, M.P. Prenatal stress alters cytokine levels in a manner which may endanger human pregnancy, Psychosomatic Medicine, 67, 325- 331.
2005 Okun, M.L, and Coussons-Read, M.E. Neuroendocrine and Neuroimmune correlates of narcolepsy, In D.P, Cardinali, and S.R. Pandi-Perumal (Eds.), Neuroendocrine Correlates of Sleep/Wakefulness, 513-528.
2004 Coussons-Read M.E. Neural-immune consequences of environmental and psychological stress in pregnancy, In S.G.Pandalai, (Ed.), Recent Progress in Life Sciences, Vol. 5, 113-130.
2004 Okun M.L., Giese S., Lin L., Einen M., Mignot E., Coussons-Read M.E.. Exploring the Cytokine and Endocrine Involvement in Narcolepsy, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 18, 326- 332.
2003 Coussons-Read, M.E., Okun, M., and Simms, S. The Psychoneuroimmunology of Pregnancy, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21, 103-112.
2003 Mattes, C. G., Nanney, R., and Coussons-Read, M.E. The Online University: Who are its students and how are they unique? Journal of Educational Computing Research, 28, 89-102.
2002 Coussons-Read, M.E., Mazzeo, R.S., Whitford, M.H.,Schmitt, M., Moore, L.G., and Zamudio, S. Altitude-related changes in levels of catecholamines and proinflammatory cytokines in normal pregnancy. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 48, 344-354.
2001 Coussons-Read, M.E. and Giese, S. Acute morphine treatment alters cellular immune function in the lungs of healthy rats, International Immunopharmacology, 1 (8), 1571-1581.
1999 Coussons-Read, M.E., Daniels, M., and Gilmour, M.I.. Morphine reduces pulmonary inflammation in response to influenza infection. Life Sciences, 65, 1141-1152.
1999 Coussons-Read, M.E., Daniels, M., and Gilmour, M.I.. Morphine alters the immune response to influenza virus infection in Lewis rats. In Friedman, H., Madden, J., and Klein, T. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Drugs of Abuse, Immunity and AIDS.
1996 Coussons-Read, M.E., & Crnic, L.S. Behavioral assessment of the Ts65Dn mouse, a model for Down syndrome: Altered behavior in the elevated plus maze and open field, Behavior Genetics, 24, 7-13.
1995 Lysle, D.T., & Coussons-Read, M.E.. Mechanisms of conditioned immunomodulation. International Journal of Immunopharmacology, 17, 641- 7.
1994 Coussons-Read, M.E., Dykstra, L.A., & Lysle, D.T. Pavlovian conditioning of morphine- induced alterations of immune status: Evidence for opioid receptor involvement. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 55, 135-142.
1994 Coussons-Read, M.E., Maslonek, K.A., Fecho, K., & Lysle, D.T. Evidence for the involvement of macrophage-derived nitric oxide in the modulation of immune status by a conditioned aversive stimulus. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 50, 52-58.
1994 Coussons-Read, M.E., Dykstra, L.A., & Lysle, D.T. Pavlovian conditioning of morphine- induced immune alterations: Evidence for peripheral b-adrenergic receptor involvement. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 8, 204-217.
1994 Fecho, K., Maslonek, K.A., Coussons-Read, M.E., & Lysle, D.T. Macrophage-derived nitric oxide is involved in the depressed Con-A responsiveness of splenic lymphocytes from rats administered morphine in vivo. Journal of Immunology, 152, 5845-5852.
1993 Lysle, D.T., Coussons, M.E., Watts, V.J., Bennett, E.H., & Dykstra, L.A. Morphine-induced alterations of immune status: Dose-dependency, compartment specificity, and antagonism by naltrexone. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 265, 1071-1078.
1992 Coussons, M.E., Dykstra, L.A., & Lysle, D.T. Pavlovian conditioning of morphine-induced alterations of immune status. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 39, 219-230.
1992 Stanton, M.E., Coussons, M.E., & Kuhn, C.M. Corticosterone hypersecretion in preweanling rats exposed neonatally to trimethyltin. NeuroToxicology, 13, 421-428.
1992 Lysle, D.T., Coussons, M.E., Watts, V.J., Bennett, E.H., & Dykstra, L.A. Morphine-induced alterations of immune status: Dose-dependency, compartment specificity, and antagonism by naltrexone. In Friedman, H. (Ed.), Drugs of Abuse, Immunity and AIDS.
2012 Effective Negotiation: Beyond Compromise, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Health, Aurora.
2012 Campus Climate for Women at UC Denver, University of Colorado Women's Issues Committee Luncheon, Denver.
2012 Campus Climate: Where are we and where can we go? University of Colorado System Women Succeeding Symposium, Boulder.
2012 Stress, Cytokines, and Pregnancy, University of Colorado Denver Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Maternal/Fetal Medicine Research Seminar Colloquium, Aurora.
2011 Mind-Body Medicine in Pregnancy, University of Colorado Denver Outstanding Faculty Award Seminar, Denver.
2011 The Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress During Pregnancy, Diabetes In Pregnancy Annual Symposium, Denver.
2011 The Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress During Pregnancy, Seminar in Public Health, Colorado School of Public Health.
2011 The Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress During Pregnancy, Seminar in Behavioral Medicine, The Ohio State University.
2011 Effects of Stress and Acculturation on Pregnancy Outcome in Latinas, Seminar in Health Psychology, The University of Denver.
2010 Clinical Implications of Stress During Pregnancy, Continuing Medical Education Training Series, National Jewish Hospital.
2010 Neural-immune effects of stress on pregnancy, American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, Portland.
2009 Role of acculturation and stress on inflammatory markers in human pregnancy, 6th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Santiago.
2008 Effects of Stress on Human Pregnancy, Biology Department Seminar, UC Denver Biology Department.
2008 Importance of Insight in Research, Keynote Address, UC Denver Research and Creative Activities Symposium.
2007 Stress and Health: This is Your Brain on Stress, Lunch, Learn and Link-Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver.
2006 Modulation of cytokine production and lymphocyte function by stress during pregnancy, PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (PNIRS) Annual Meeting, Miami.
2006 The psychoneuroimmunology of pregnancy: Psychosocial, neuroendocrine, and immune influences on pregnancy outcome and early development, American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, Denver.
2006 Modulation of inflammatory cytokines by psychosocial factors in pregnancy, American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, Denver.
2005 Cytokines in Narcolepsy, Sleep Annual Meeting, Denver.
2005 Neural-immune correlates of stress during pregnancy, PNIRS Annual Meeting, Denver.
2004 Role of Inflammatory and Psychosocial Factors in Pregnancy Outcome, Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory University, Atlanta.
2003 Neural-immune interactions in pregnancy: Effects of psychosocial stress and maternal ethnicity, American Society for Reproductive Immunology Annual Meeting, New Haven.
2012 Elevated Inflammatory Markers are Associated with Lifetime History of Aggression and Intermittent Explosive Disorder in Psychiatric Patients , PNIRS Annual Meeting, San Diego
2012 The Effects of Low Partner Support on Pregnancy Outcomes in Latinas are Mediated by Maternal Acculturation, PNIRS Annual Meeting, San Diego
2012 Interactions between cortisol and acculturation predict perceived pregnancy-related stress, but not maternal depression, PNIRS Annual Meeting, San Diego
2011 Elevated Distress and Inflammatory Markers Early in Pregnancy are Predictive of Preterm Birth and Pregnancy Complications, PNIRS Annual Meeting, Chicago.
2011 Changes in the immune system as measured by cytokines are associated with levels of maternal depression during pregnancy, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
2011 The relationship between perinatal stress, maternal salivary cortisol, and preterm birth, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
2011 Impact of maternal acculturation and stress on pregnancy outcome in Latinas, Citation Poster, Society for Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting, San Antonio.
2010 Cultural aspects of stress effects on pregnancy. Society for Behavioral Medicine, Seattle.
2009 Pregnancy-related stress influences maternal corticotrophin-releasing factor and estriol concentrations affecting birth outcome, PNIRS Annual Meeting, Breckenridge.
2009 Pregnancy-specific stress and support affect inflammatory cytokines and birth outcome in Latinas, PNIRS Annual Meeting Breckenridge.
2009 Higher acculturation and lower pregnancy-specific stress is correlated with lower incidence of pregnancy complications in Latinas. PNIRS Annual Meeting, Breckenridge.
2009 Obesity and inflammation: Effects of short-term fasting on IL-6 and relationship to diurnal cortisol. PNIRS Annual Meeting, Breckenridge.
2007 Elevated inflammatory cytokines and cortisol are related to prenatal risk factors for poor pregnancy outcome. PNIRS Annual Meeting, Arcachon.
2007 Elevated pro-inflammatory cytokines and cortisol are associated with risk factors for prematurity. Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
2006 Disturbed sleep during pregnancy is associated with changes in in vitro cytokine secretion, Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver.
2005 Sleep during pregnancy is linked to immune and endocrine alterations. Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC
2005 Does sleep disruption influence immune and endocrine parameters during pregnancy? PNIRS Annual Meeting, Denver.
2005 Comparison of actigraphy and sleep diaries in a sample of pregnant and non-pregnant women. Sleep Annual Meeting, Denver.
2005 The influence of sleep disruption on immune parameters during pregnancy. Sleep Annual Meeting, Denver.
2005 Effects of seasonal stress on depressive symptoms and cortisol rhythms in Colorado ranchers, PNIRS Annual Meeting, Denver.
2004 Neuro-immunological consequences of stress during pregnancy. PNIRS Annual Meeting, Titisee.
2004 Immunological consequences of disturbed sleep during pregnancy. PNIRS Annual Meeting, Titisee.
2004 Defining sleep during pregnancy. Sleep Annual Meeting , Philadelphia
2003 Cytokine and endocrine involvement in narcolepsy: A look at TNF-a, IL-6 and GH. Sleep Annual Meeting, Seattle.
2003 Effects of forced exercise in pregnancy on behavioral and immunological development of rat offspring. AAAS Annual Meeting, Denver.
2014-2019 National Institute of General Medical Sciences. UC Denver Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) U*STAR Scholars Program. Role: Principal Investigator, Revised & in Review
2013-2018 National Institute of Child Health and Development, Biological Mechanisms of Stress and Maternal Affect in Preterm Delivery. Role: Principal Investigator, Score: 20, 12th percentile, Awaiting Council Action. Direct Costs: $2,500,000
2011-2012 UC Denver Faculty Grant Award, Development of Behavioral Interventions to Support Women at Risk for Preterm Birth. Role: Principal Investigator, $10000
2010-2013 UC Denver Advance IT-Catalyst Award, National Science Foundation (NSF) Role: Principal Investigator, Direct Costs: $200,000
2007-2009 UC Denver University Scholarship Team Grant, Intervening to Reduce Type II Diabetes Role: Team Leader, $18,000
2007-2010 National Institute of Child Health and Development, Effects of Stress and Inflammatory Cytokines on Pregnancy. Role: Principal Investigator, Direct Costs: $275,000
2007-2009 US Department of Education Grant, UC Denver, Denver Public Schools, and Smart-Girl Partnership. Role: Co-PI, Direct Costs: $340,000
2005-2006 UC Denver Multidisciplinary Grant, Enhancing Multidisciplinary Research Opportunities for Undergraduates Role: Co-PI, $4500
2002-2003 UC Denver Faculty Grant Award, Effects of Prenatal Stress on Maternal Health and Immunity and Birth Outcome. Role: Principal Investigator, $2500
2000-2001 UC Denver Faculty Grant Award, Effects of Prenatal Stress on Maternal Health and Immunity and Birth Outcome. Role: Principal Investigator, $2400
2000-2002 American Lung Association Research Grant, How does morphine alter respiratory Infection? Role: Principal Investigator, Direct Costs: $100,000
2000-2003 National Institute on Drug Abuse, Effects of Morphine on Pulmonary Influenza Infection. Role: Principal Investigator, Direct Costs: $150,000
2011 University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award
2009 University of Colorado System Elizabeth Gee Memorial Lectureship
2005 UC Denver College of Liberal Arts and Science Excellence in Research Award
2005 UC Denver Downtown Denver Campus-Wide Faculty Service Award
2004 UC Denver College of Liberal Arts and Science Excellence in Service Award
2004 University of Colorado Emerging Leaders Program
2003 University of Colorado at Denver Teacher of the Year
2003 UC Denver College of Liberal Arts and Science Excellence in Teaching Award
2003 UC Denver Faculty Fellowship
2001, 2004 Council for Advancement and Support of Education Professor of the Year Nominee
2000 Faculty for the 21st Century, Project Kaleidoscope
1999 University of Colorado at Denver Distinguished Service Award
1997 Young Investigator Award 7th Annual Symposium on AIDS, Drugs of Abuse, and the Neuroimmune Axis
1995 Young Investigator Award 5th Annual Symposium on Drugs of Abuse, Immunomodulation, and AIDS
1993 Distinguished Predoctoral Fellow in PsychoNeuroImmunology, PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society
Research Methods in Experimental Psychology
Advanced Biological Bases of Behavior
Biological Bases of Behavior
Animal Learning and Cognition
Introduction to Statistics
2010-2011 Psi Chi Honor Society Faculty Advisor 2008-2012 Clinical Faculty Working Group
2006-2007 Interim Department Chair
2005-2007 Chair, Clinical Health Psychology Faculty Search
2004-2007 Chair, Undergraduate Research Fund Committee
2000-2001 Experimental Psychology Faculty Search Committee
1999-2000 Department Chair Search Committee
1998-1999 Long Range Planning Committee
1998-1999 Undergraduate Retention Committee
1998-2006 Major Advisor, Bachelor of Science in Psychology
1998-1999 Experimental Psychology Faculty Search Committee
1997-1998 Clinical Psychology Faculty Search Committee
1997-1999 Lab Instrumentation and Space Committee
1997-1998 Merit Review Committee
1997-1998 Future Directions Committee
1996-1999 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
2009-2012 Chairs and Directors Group
2008-2009 Post-Tenure Review Committee, Ex Officio
2008-2009 Dean's Advisory Committee, Ex Officio
2007-2008 Educational Planning and Curriculum Committee, Ex Officio
2007-2009 Chairs and Directors Group, Ex Officio
2006-2007 CLAS Council
2006-2007 Chair-Elect, CLAS Council
2006-2007 Statistics Faculty Search Committee
2006-2007 Health and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Search Committee
2005-2006 CLAS Dean Search Committee
2004 Academic Master Planning Search Conference participant
2003-2005 Dean's Advisory Committee
1998-1999 Chair, Academic Standards Committee
1996-1998 Academic Standards Committee
2012- Information Technology Task Force
2011- University Planning and Accreditation Committee
2011- Clinical and Translational Research Committee
2011- Co-Chair, Chancellor's Task Force on Sustainability
2011- Chair, Downtown Deans Research Team
2010-2012 Campus Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee
2010- Campus STEM Education Steering Group
2010- Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute Review Committee
2007-2009 Associate Deans and Academic Support Group
2007-2009 Undergraduate Working Group
2007-2009 P-20 Signature Area Working Group
2006- 2009 Academic Leadership Council
2006-2009 Steering Committee, Academic Leadership Council
2006-2007 Faculty Assembly Executive Committee
2006-2011 Committee on Conflict of Interest and Commitment Matters
2006-2007 Faculty Assembly Budget Priorities Committee
2005-2006 UC Denver Chancellor Search Committee
2004-2006 Salary Oversight Committee
2004-2006 Faculty Assembly Chair
2004-2005 Academic Master Plan Steering Committee
2004-2006 Chancellor's Executive Committee
2003-2004 Faculty Assembly Budget Priorities Committee
2003-2005 Research and Creative Activities Committee
2003-2004 Consolidation Steering Committee
1998-2006 Faculty Assembly
1997- Health Careers Committee
1996-2005 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
2012 Member, UC Colorado Springs Research Misconduct Investigative Team
2010 Site visitor, Academic Program Review, UC Colorado Springs Psychology Department
2006-2007 Faculty Council Vice Chair
2006-2007 Ad-hoc Member, Distinguished Professor Selection Committee
2004-2006 Vice President's Committee on Sexual Harassment
2004-2007 Faculty Council
2004-2007 Faculty Council Executive Committee
2003-2006 Organizing Committee, CU Women Succeeding
2004-2007 Constitution and Bylaws Committee
2004-2007 Governance Compensation Committee
1998-2005 Faculty Council Women's Issues Committee
2013-2016 Regular Member, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health Study Section
2012- Editorial Board, Stress and Health
2011 Grand Judge, Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair
2011 Judge, Denver Regional Science and Engineering Fair
2011- Chair, Fundraising Committee, American Psychosomatic Society
2011- Chair, Technology Taskforce, American Psychosomatic Society
2011- Member, Communication and Dissemination Committee, PNIRS
2011- Panel Member, NSF ADVANCE-PAID Review Group
2010-2012 Ad Hoc Member, NIH Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health Study Section
2009-2010 Member, Membership Committee, PNIRS
2008-2010 President, Denver Metropolitan Association for the Gifted Board of Directors
2007-2010; 2012- Member, Smart-Girl, Inc., Board of Directors
2007- Book Review Editor, Brain, Behavior and Immunity
2007-2008 Co-Chair, PNIRS Annual Meeting Local Organizing Committee, Breckenridge
2007-2008 Secretary/Treasurer, PNIRS
2007-2008 Member, Denver Metropolitan Association for the Gifted Board of Directors
2006-2011 Member, Auraria Early Learning Center Advisory Board
2005- Member, Program Committee, PNIRS
2004-2005 Co-Chair, PNIRS Annual Meeting Local Organizing Committee, Denver
2003-2006 Chair, Board of Directors, Utterly Kids, non-profit organization supporting the Auraria Child Care Center
2002-2004 Psychology Councilor, Council for Undergraduate Research
2001-2003 Advisory Board, African-American Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
2011 American Psychosomatic Society Behavioral Intervention Development Workshop
2008 Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Personnel Management Workshop
2008 Certified Professional Coach, Coach Training Alliance
2007 CCAS Conflict Management Workshop
2005-2006 University of Colorado Emerging Leaders Program
2003-2004 Academic Management Institute