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Phone: 765-496-3006


Fowler Memorial House, Room 202
1200 West State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Rosie Shrout

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course

Courtesy Appointments

Department of Psychological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Relationships, stress, and biobehavioral health across adulthood and later life
  • Stress and coping in couples with breast cancer or chronic illness
  • Infidelity and relationship conflict
  • Psychoneuroimmunology, including cardiovascular, immune, and endocrine function
  • Inflammation, gut microbiome, and aging biomarkers
  • Dyadic, daily, and longitudinal methods

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity
  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

Department of Human Development and Family Science Research Area(s)

  • Culture and Diversity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Interpersonal Relations


As a social-health psychologist with training in psychoneuroimmunology and quantitative methods, I study how stress affects couples’ relationships and health among aging couples and those with breast cancer or chronic illness. A central focus of my work is to understand why some couples grow stronger and healthier, while others experience relationship conflict and health problems. Because stress is inevitable and a natural part of everyday life and relationships, I developed the Dyadic Biobehavioral Stress Model to illustrate how couples’ stress and coping alters each partner’s relational, psychological, and physical health. This model and my work have shown that the way partners manage stress can get under each other’s skin to influence health, including their immune, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. My work identifies factors that put couples’ relationships and health at risk and informs interventions on how couples can grow closer and stronger during turbulent times.


Accepting graduate student applications for the December 1, 2023 deadline.


  • Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ohio State University
  • PhD, 2019, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2013, MA, Towson University
  • 2011, BA, State University of New York at Potsdam


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Safe Zone
  • LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Classrooms

Current Courses

  • HDFS 201 - Introduction to Family Processes

Selected Publications

  • Shrout, M. R., Madison, A. A., Renna, M. E., Alfano, C. M., Povoski, S. P., Lipari, A. M., Agnese, D. Carson III, W. E., Malarkey, W. B., Bailey, M. T., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (2022). The gut connection: Gut leakiness as a pathway from breast cancer survivors’ relationship satisfaction to inflammation across treatment. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 100, 145-154.
  • Shrout, M. R. (2021). The health consequences of stress in couples: A review and new integrated Dyadic Biobehavioral Stress Model. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity – Health, 16, 100328.
  • Shrout, M. R., Renna, M. E., Madison, A. A., Alfano, C. M., Povoski, S. P., Lipari, A. M., Agnese, D. M., Farrar, W. B., Carson III, W. E., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (2021). Breast cancer survivors’ satisfying marriages predict better psychological and physical health: A longitudinal comparison of satisfied, dissatisfied, and unmarried women. Psycho-Oncology, 30(5), 699-707.
  • Shrout, M. R., Renna, M. E., Madison, A. A., Jaremka, L. M., Fagundes, C. P., Malarkey, W. B., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (2020). Cortisol slopes and conflict: A spouse’s perceived stress matters. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 121.
  • Shrout, M. R., Brown, R. D., Orbuch, T. L., & Weigel, D. J. (2019). A multidimensional examination of marital conflict and health over 16 years. Personal Relationships, 26(3), 490-506.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Success Mentors Faculty Favorites, Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences - 2023
  • Inaugural Early Career Editorial Board Member, Psychosomatic Medicine - 2022
  • Outstanding Student/New Professional Paper Award, National Council on Family Relations’ Families and Health Section - 2022
  • Emerging Scholar Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology - 2022
  • Outstanding Student/New Professional Paper Award, National Council on Family Relations’ Families and Health Section - 2022
  • KL2 Early Career Investigator Award, National Institutes of Health, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute - 2022-2024
  • Lorene Burkhart Award for Excellence in Research about Families, Purdue University’s Center for Families - 2022
  • Editor’s Choice Article, Psychoneuroendocrinology - 2020
  • Young Scholar Award, American Psychosomatic Society - 2020
  • Most Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher, University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Student Association - 2019

Selected Grants

  • Kinley Trust Award, Purdue University, 2023-2024, $25,000
  • HRV and Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Partners: A Daily Study on Biobehavioral Health and Cardiovascular Disease Risks. NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (KL2 Program), KL2TR002530 (Sheri L. Robb, PI), and UL1TR002529 (Sharon M. Moe and Sarah E. Wiehe, co-PIs). 2022 – 2024. Total award: $383,460

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • International Association for Relationship Research
  • National Council of Family Relations
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

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