Eric D. Finegood, PhD

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Assistant Professor 

Dr. Finegood is a developmental scientist whose research investigates how early life experience and psychological stress influence health and human development. His research is rooted in and intersects the science of child development and developmental psychology, health psychology, and public health and seeks to identify biopsychosocial factors that contribute to risk and resilience among young people exposed to social adversities and environmental stressors. A primary focus of this work is to study connections between life experience and the development of biological systems that regulate mental and physical health processes – the broader goal of which is to better understand and address stress-related disparities in health that may begin in the early years of life. His work has been published in leading scientific journals and edited volumes.

Dr. Finegood is a Metro Detroiter and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he studied Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. Dr. Finegood received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from New York University in 2018. He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University where his research was funded, in part, by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/National Institutes of Health.


Selected Publications:

Finegood, E. D. & Miller, G. E. (2022). Childhood Violence Exposure, Inflammation, and Cardiometabolic Health. In K. A. Miczek & R. Sinha (Eds.), Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences. (439-460). Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Finegood, E. D., Briley, D. A., Turiano, N. A., Freedman, A., South, S. C., Krueger, R. F., Chen, E., Mroczek, D., & Miller, G. E. (2021). Association of Wealth and Longevity in US Adults at Midlife. JAMA Health Forum, 2(7), e211652. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2021.1652.

Finegood, E. D., Chen, E., Kish, J., Vause, K., Leigh, A. K. K., Hoffer, L., & Miller, G. E. (2020). Community Violence and Cellular and Cytokine Indicators of Inflammation in Adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 115(Article 104628). 1-10.

Finegood, E. D., Rarick, J.R.D., Blair, C. & The Family Life Project Investigators. (2017). Exploring Longitudinal Associations Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Cortisol Levels in Early Childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 29(5), 1649-1662.

Finegood, E. D., Wyman, C., O’Connor, T. G., Blair, C., & The Family Life Project Investigators. (2017). Salivary Cortisol and Cognitive Development in Infants from Low-Income Communities. Stress, 20(1), 112-121.

Finegood, E. D., Raver, C. C., DeJoseph, M. L., & Blair, C. (2017). Parenting in Poverty: Attention Bias and Anxiety Interact to Predict Parents' Perceptions of Daily Parenting Hassles. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(1), 51-60.

Finegood, E. D., Blair, C., Granger, D.A., Hibel, L., Mills-Koonce, R. & The Family Life Project Key Investigators (2016). Psychobiological Influences on Maternal Sensitivity in the Context of Adversity. Developmental Psychology, 52(7), 1073-1087.


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Scholarly Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Stress and adverse childhood experiences
  • Biopsychosocial models of human development


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    Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
    200 East 1st Street, Flint, MI 48502


Postdoctoral research fellowship, Institute for Policy Research and Department of Psychology, Northwestern University

Doctorate in Developmental Psychology, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University