Dr. Julia Boehm

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 107
Office Hours: 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 Associate Professor of Psychology at Chapman University. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan 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 outcomes. She is also interested in the behavioral and biological processes that are relevant for cardiovascular disease. She has published extensive reviews on these topics in top psychology and cardiovascular journals including Psychological Bulletin, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Circulation Research. Her work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the American Heart Association.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Qureshi, F., Soo, J., Chen, Y., Kubzansky, L. D., & Boehm, J. K. (2022). Optimism and lipid profiles in midlife: A 15-year study of Black and White adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 62, e169-e177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2021.09.011
Qureshi, F., Bousquet-Santos, K. Okuzono, S. S., Tsao, E., Delaney, S., Guimond, A. J., Boehm, J. K., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2022). The social determinants of ideal cardiovascular health: A global systematic review. Annals of Epidemiology, 76, 20-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2022.09.006
Boehm, J. K., Qureshi, F., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2022). Psychological well-being in childhood and cardiometabolic risk in middle adulthood: Findings from the 1958 British Birth Cohort. Psychological Science, 33. https://doi.org/10.1177/09567976221075608
Boehm, J. K. (2021). Positive psychological well-being and cardiovascular disease: Exploring mechanistic and developmental pathways. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12599
Kubzansky, L. D., Boehm, J. K., Allen, A. R., Vie, L. L., Ho, T. E., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Koga, H., Scheier, L. M., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2020). Optimism and risk of incident hypertension: A target for primordial prevention. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 29, e157, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045796020000621
Boehm, J. K., Chen, Y., Qureshi, F., Soo, J., Umukoro, P., Hernandez, R., Lloyd-Jones, D. M., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2020). Positive emotions and favorable cardiovascular health: A 20-year longitudinal study. Preventive Medicine, 136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106103
Boehm, J. K., Qureshi, F., Chen, Y., Soo, J., Umukoro, P., Hernandez, R., Lloyd-Jones, D., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2020). Optimism and cardiovascular health: Longitudinal findings from the CARDIA Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83, 774-781. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000855