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Dr. Julia Boehm

Associate Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology
Expertise: Well-Being; Cardiovascular Disease; Health Behaviors; Biological Markers; Happiness; Diabetes
Office Location: Crean Hall 108
Office Hours: Spring 2020: By Appointment Only
Phone: (714) 997-6803
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Lewis and Clark College, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Riverside, Master of Science
University of California, Riverside, Ph.D.


Julia K. Boehm is an assistant professor in Psychology at Chapman University. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Boehm’s research centers broadly on well-being and investigates how people can thrive both mentally and physically. More specifically, her research examines whether positive psychological characteristics such as optimism and life satisfaction are associated with improved cardiovascular health. She recently authored an extensive review in Psychological Bulletin on this topic, and has conducted several prospective investigations of heart disease in epidemiological cohorts. In addition, she is interested in the behavioral and biological processes that are relevant for cardiovascular health. Dr. Boehm’s goal is to identify those psychological characteristics that contribute to healthy trajectories of cardiovascular functioning across the lifespan. Her work has been featured in many news outlets including Reuters, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and BBC News.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Boehm, J. K., Chen, Y., Koga, H., Mathur, M., Vie, L. L., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2018). Is optimism associated with healthier cardiovascular-related behavior? Meta-analyses of three health behaviors. Circulation Research, 122, 1119-1134. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.310828
Soo, J., Kubzansky, L. D., Chen, Y., & Boehm, J. K. (2018). Psychological well-being and restorative biological processes: HDL-C in older English adults. Social Science & Medicine, 209, 59-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.05.025
Boehm, J. K., Soo, J., Zevon, E. S., Chen, Y., Kim, E. S., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2018). Longitudinal associations between psychological well-being and the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Health Psychology, 37, 959-967. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000643
Kubzansky, L. D., Huffman, J. C., Boehm, J. K., Hernandez, R., Kim, E. S., Koga, H. K., Feig, E. H., Lloyd-Jones, D. M., Seligman, M. E. P., & Labarthe, D. R. (2018). Positive psychological well-being and cardiovascular disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 72, 1382-1396. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2018.07.042
Huffman, J. C., Legler, S., & Boehm, J. K. (2017). Positive psychological well-being and health in patients with heart disease: A brief review. Future Cardiology. https://doi.org/10.2217/fca-2017-0016
Boehm, J. K., Soo, J., Chen, Y., Zevon, E. S., Hernandez, R., Lloyd-Jones, D., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2017). Psychological well-being's link with cardiovascular health in older adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 53, 791-798. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2017.06.028
Kim, E. S., Kubzansky, L. D., Soo, J., & Boehm, J. K. (2017). Maintaining healthy behavior: A prospective study of psychological well-being and physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51, 337-347. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12160-016-9856-y
Huffman, J. C., Millstein, R. A., Mastromauro, C. A., Moore, S. V., Celano, C. M., Bedoya, C. A., Suarez, L., Boehm, J. K., & Januzzi, J. L. (2016). A positive psychology intervention for patients with an acute coronary syndrome: Treatment development and proof-of-concept trial. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17, 1985-2006. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-015-9681-1
Segerstrom, S. C., Combs, H. L., Winning, A., Boehm, J. K., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2016). The happy survivor? Effects of differential mortality on life satisfaction in older age. Psychology and Aging, 31, 340-345. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000091
Labarthe, D. R., Kubzansky, L. D., Boehm, J. K., Lloyd-Jones, D. M., Berry, J. D., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2016). Positive cardiovascular health: A timely convergence. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 68, 860-867. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2016.03.608
Hernandez, R., Kershaw, K. N., Siddique, J., Boehm, J. K., Kubzansky, L. D., Diez-Roux, A., Ning, H., & Lloyd-Jones, D. M. (2015). Optimism and cardiovascular health: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Health Behavior and Policy Review, 2, 62-73. https://doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.2.1.6
DuBois, C. M., Lopez, O. V., Beale, E. E., Healy, B. C., Boehm, J. K., & Huffman, J. C. (2015). Relationships between positive psychological constructs and health outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease: A systematic review. International Journal of Cardiology, 195, 265-280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2015.05.121
Boehm, J. K., Winning, A., Segerstrom, S., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2015). Variability modifies life satisfaction’s association with mortality risk in older adults. Psychological Science, 26, 1063-1070. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797615581491
Boehm, J. K., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Kivimaki, M., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2015). The prospective association between positive psychological well-being and diabetes. Health Psychology, 34, 1013-1021. https://doi.org/ 10.1037/hea0000200
Boehm, J. K., Chen, Y., Williams, D. R., Ryff, C., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2015). Unequally distributed psychological assets: Are there social disparities in optimism, life satisfaction, and positive affect? PLOS ONE, 10, 2. https://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0118066
Kubzansky, L. D., Boehm, J. K., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2015). Positive psychological functioning and the biology of health. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 645-660. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12224