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Benjamin H. Newberry

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (1969)

Research Interests

Research centers on issues relevant to health psychology and behavioral medicine. One area of interest is psychoneuroimmunology, most specifically the induction of sickness behavior by agents that activate the innate immune system. Currently, we are focusing on priming and cross-tolerance using agents whose paths of action partly overlap. A second area of concern is stress-relevant individual difference measures, particularly neo-Pavlovian temperament inventories. Current research in this area deals with the convergent, divergent, and incremental validity of two such measures -- the Pavlovian Temperament Survey and the Formal Characteristics of Behavior Temperament Inventory.

Courses Frequently Taught

  • General Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Personality (undergraduate)
  • Psychoneuroimmunology (graduate)
  • College Teaching for Graduate Students (graduate)
  • Theories of Personality (graduate)


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Cremeans-Smith, J.K. & Newberry, B.H. (2003) Zymosan: Induction of sickness behavior and interaction with lipopolysaccharide. Physiology and Behavior, 80, 177-184.

Flint, R.W., Jr., Haller, N.A., Urban, K.A., & Newberry, B.H. (2003) Lipopolysaccharide-induced immunostimulation produces a dose- and time-dependent decrease in general activity and weight gain in pre-weanling rats. Psychological Record, 53, 253-267.

Newberry, B. H. (1998). Into the MIRE: Stress, genetics and disease. Psychosomatic Medicine, 60, 540-542., 60, 540-542.

Newberry, B.H., Cremeans-Smith, J.K., Fruehstorfer, D., & Newberry, D.L. (2004). Genetics and health. In A.J. Christenson, R. Martin, & J.M. Smith (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Health Psychology (pp. 119-122). New York: Kluwer.Academic / Plenum.

Zawadzki,B., Van de Vijver, F.J.R., Angleitner,A., de Pascalis,V., Newberry, B., Clark, W., ven den Berg, P.T., Hyun, M.-H., Kim, I.S., Mitina, O., Menchuk, T., & Kufel, M. (2001) The comparison of two basic approaches to cross-cultural assessment of Strelau's temperament dimensions in eight countries. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 32 (3), 133-141.

Benjamin H. Newberry
Department of Psychology