Dr. Julia Boehm

Dr. Julia Boehm

Assistant 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 ( 501 W. Palm Ave )
Phone: (714) 997-6803
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

Huffman, J. C., Legler, S., & Boehm, J. K. (in press). Positive psychological well-being and health in patients with heart disease: A brief review. Future Cardiology.
Boehm, J. K., Soo, J., Chen, Y., Zevon, E. S., Hernandez, R., Lloyd-Jones, D., & Kubzansky, L. D. (in press). Psychological well-being’s link with cardiovascular health in older adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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.
Yu, L., Peterson, B., Inhorn, M. C., Boehm, J. K., & Patrizio, P. (2016). Knowledge, attitudes, and intentions toward fertility awareness and oocyte cryopreservation among obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) resident physicians. Human Reproduction, 31, 403-411.
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.
Huffman, J. C., Boehm, J. K., Beach, S. R., Beale, E. E., DuBois, C. M., Nock, M. K., & Healy, B. C. (2016). Relationship of optimism and suicidal ideation in three groups of patients at varying levels of suicide risk. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 77, 76-84.
Hernandez, R., Carnethon, M., Penedo, F. J., Martinez, L., Boehm, J. K., & Schueller, S. M. (2016). Exploring well-being among U.S. Hispanics/Latinos in a church-based institution: A qualitative study. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 511-521.
Boehm, J. K., Chen, Y., Williams, D. R., Ryff, C., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2016). Subjective well-being and cardiometabolic health: An 8-11 year study of midlife adults. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 85, 1-8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Boehm, J. K., Kivimaki, M., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2014). Taking the tension out of hypertension: A prospective study of positive psychological well-being and incident hypertension. Journal of Hypertension, 32, 1222-1228.
Huffman, J. C., DuBois, C. M., Healy, B. C., Boehm, J. K., Kashdan, T. B., Celano, C. M., Denninger, J. W., Lyubomirksy, S. (2014). Feasibility and utility of positive psychology exercises for suicidal inpatients. General Hospital Psychiatry, 36, 88-94.
Boehm, J. K., Williams, D. R., Rimm, E. B., Ryff, C., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2013). Relation between optimism and lipids in midlife. American Journal of Cardiology, 111, 1425-1431.
Boehm, J. K., Williams, D. R., Rimm, E. B., Ryff, C., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2013). Association between optimism and serum antioxidants in the Midlife in the United States study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75, 2-10.