Cindy Bergeman

Department Chair
Professor of Psychology

Professor of Psychology
940 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Adult Development & Aging Lab

Primary Area: Developmental

Research and teaching interests

Aging, Stress, Resilience Process, Dynamic Systems, Emotion Regulation, Health, Theory Methods Interface


Cindy Bergeman is a Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research investigates the interplay among stress, resilience mechanisms, and health and well-being outcomes in young, middle-aged, and older adults. The goal of her work is to understand why some individuals age more successfully than others. Her work is funded by multiple research grants from the National Institute of Aging.


Ph.D. 1989, The Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies

M.S. 1987, The Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies

1985–1986,  University of Colorado-Boulder, Institute for Behavioral Genetics

B.S. 1979 University of Idaho-Moscow, Psychology

Approach to Mentoring

I see students as partners in their education and appreciate the synergies that develop when everyone has a voice. There are no stupid questions—if someone doesn't know, they should ask!

Representative Publications

Bergeman, C. S. & Deboeck, P. R. (2014). "Trait Stress Resistance and Dynamic Stress Dissipation on Health and Well-being: The Reservoir Model." For a Special Issue of Research in Human Development: The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Multiple Time Scales in Adult Developmental Inquiry, Denis Gerstorf, Christiane Hoppmann, and Nilam Ram (eds.). Research in Human Development, 11 (2), 108-125

Bergeman, C. S., *Blaxton, J., & *Joiner, R. (2020). "Dynamic systems, contextual influences and multiple time-scales: Emotion regulation as a resilience resource." The Gerontologist, 61, 304-311.

Bergeman, CS, Boker, SM, Bonanno, GA, Rose, & N, Seeman, T (2021). "Integrative Science Approach to Resilience: The Notre Dame Study of Health & Well-being (NDHWB)." Invited paper for a special issue Journal of Research in Human Development 18:3, 164-180. http://dxdoi:10.1080/15427609.2021.1964897

Nelson, N. A., & Bergeman, C. S., (2020). "Daily Stress Processes in a Pandemic: The Effects of Worry, Age, and Affect." The Gerontologist, 61, 196-204. https://doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa187

Blaxton, J. M., Nelson, N. A., & Bergeman, C. S. (2021). "The positive and negative affect relation in the context of stress and age." Emotion. Advance online publication.