Rodlescia S. Sneed, PhD, MPH

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Dr. Rodlescia Sneed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

Dr. Sneed is a social and health psychologist interested in the interactions between the social environment, stress, and physical health outcomes across the lifespan. She has a particular interest in vulnerable populations, including older adults, racial/ethnic minorities and the economically disadvantaged. She is a skilled quantitative researcher who utilizes both experimental and observational research methods to evaluate the effects of stress, social support and social relationships on psychological well-being and objective indicators of health.

Selected Publications:

Sneed R.S., Cohen S, Turner, R.B., Doyle W. (2012). Parenthood and Host Resistance to the Common Cold. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 567-73.

Sneed R.S., Cohen S. (2013). A Prospective Study of Volunteerism and Hypertension Risk In Older Adults. Psychology & Aging, 28, 578-586.

Sneed R.S., Cohen S. (2014). Negative Social Interactions and Incident Hypertension Among Older Adults. Health Psychology, 33, 554-565.

Johnson-Lawrence, VD, Zajacova A, & Sneed R.S. (2017). Education, race/ethnicity, and multimorbidity among adults aged 30-64 in the National Health Interview Survey. SSM-Population Health, 3, 366-372.

Sneed R.S., Schulz R. (2017). Grandparent Caregiving, Race, and Cognitive Function in a Population-Based Sample of Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Health.

Selected Media Coverage:

Rogers, Kaleigh (2017, December 5). Volunteering is the Best Kept Secret for Mental Health. Motherboard.

Witkos, Matt (2017, November 30) Researchers looking to learn more about Flint’s Water Emergency. ABC12 News.


Scholarly Interests

  • Social relationships and health across the life-course
  • Stress and resilience in vulnerable populations
  • Healthy aging
  • Social Support, Volunteerism, and Caregiving
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Psychosocial factors and chronic disease risk




Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Master of Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology, Columbia University

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Social and Health Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University