Home | People |

Camelia E. Hostinar


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development, 2013
  • M.A., Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • B.S., Psychology, Honors College, Towson University, 2008


Camelia Hostinar is a developmental psychologist who studies how the social environment shapes health, with a focus on the activity of the stress-response and immune systems. She is probing the pathways linking early-life stress to later risk for disease and investigating protective processes that could short-circuit these adverse trajectories.

She operates the Social Environment and Stress (SES) Lab, in which she welcomes the participation of graduate students with interest in this area of study.

She also is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.

Research Focus

Dr. Hostinar investigates the ways in which childhood poverty and other forms of early-life adversity influence later development and health. She has particular interest in protective factors that may buffer children and adolescents from chronic stress and subsequent physical or mental health problems. Her work examines developmental processes at multiple levels of analysis, incorporating endocrine and immune biomarkers, electrophysiological data, genetic assays, and behavioral measures. She seeks to improve understanding of the role of early-life stress in shaping self-regulatory skills, and to illuminate how stress-buffering processes such as supportive social relationships exert their effects.

Selected Publications

  • Hostinar, C. E., Lachman, M. E., Mroczek, D., Seeman, T. E., & Miller, G. E. (in press). Additive roles of childhood adversity and recent stressors in explaining inflammation at midlife: Findings from the national MIDUS study. Developmental Psychology.
  • Hostinar, C. E., Ross, K. M., Chen, E., & Miller, G. E. (2015). Modeling the association between lifecourse socioeconomic disadvantage and systemic inflammation in healthy adults: The role of self-control. Health Psychology, 34(6), 580–90. doi: 10.1037/hea0000130
  • Hostinar, C. E., Cicchetti, D., & Rogosch, F. A. (2014). Oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism, perceived social support, and psychological symptoms in maltreated adolescents.Development and Psychopathology, 26(2), 465-77.
  • Hostinar, C. E., Sullivan, R. M., & Gunnar, M. R. (2014). Psychobiological mechanisms underlying the social buffering of the HPA axis: A review of animal models and human studies across development. Psychological Bulletin, 140(1), 256–282.
  • Hostinar, C. E., Stellern, S. A., Schaefer, C., Carlson, S. M., & Gunnar, M. R. (2012). Associations between early life adversity and executive function in children adopted internationally from orphanages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 109(2), 17208–12.


Camelia Hostinar teaches subject matter related to developmental psychology, health psychology, and research methods.


  • Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award, 2015
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Society for Research in Child Development, 2015
  • NIH F32 Award (Postdoctoral NRSA), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2014
  • Newsworthy Abstract, American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, 2014
  • Eva O. Miller Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2010