Christopher  G. Engeland 

 Christopher  Engeland

Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Contact Information

229 Biobehavioral Health
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-7525

Research Interests

How factors such as stress, age, gender, and hormones affect immunity, inflammation, and health. I am particularly interested in tissue repair (mucosal and dermal wound healing). Also the feasibility of biomarkers for predicting health outcomes. I conduct both human and animal research.


Ph.D. University of Western Ontario 2002

Professional Experience

Current Funded Research Projects

  • CTSI Bridges to Translation Award (Engeland) 11/01/2015 – 12/31/2016 $45,980 Penn State University. Hyperglycemia and impaired healing in medically complex surgical patients. Role: PI 
  • Inflammatory Mediators of Stress and Cognitive Aging. NIH (R01AG042595), 2012-2017. C. Engeland (MPI), J. Graham (MPI).
  • Feasibility of a Stress Reduction Intervention Study in Sickle Cell Disease. UIC Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation, 2014-2015. C. Engeland (Co-I).
  • Healthy Aging in a Changing Climate: Heat Wave Survival, Critical Biomarkers and Interventions. University of Sydney, 2015-2016. C. Engeland (Co-I).



  • Faculty Scholarship Award (Research)


  • 1st Place Postdoctoral Research

2004, 2005

  • PNIRS Research Scholars Award

1999, 2000, 2001

  • Accuscan SFN Research Award

2000, 2001, 2002

  • IBNS Research Scholars Award


  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology


  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship


Biobehavioral Health Faculty Page

Selected Publications

Pyter LM, Yang L, da Rocha JM, Engeland CG. (In Press) The effects of social isolation on wound healing mechanisms in female mice.
Physiology and Behavior.

Giurgescu C, Engeland CG, Zenk SN, Kavanaugh K. (2013) Stress, inflammation and preterm birth in African American women.
Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, 13(4): 171-177.

Yang L, Engeland CG, Cheng B. (2013) Social isolation impairs oral palatal wound healing in Sprague-Dawley rats: A role for miR-29 and miR-203 via VEGF suppression.
PLoS One, 8(8): 1-8.

Giurgescu C, Kavanaugh K, Norr KF, Dancy BL, Twigg NM, McFarlin BL, Engeland CG, Hennessy MD, White-Traut RC. (2013) Stressors, resources, and stress responses in pregnant African American women: A mixed-methods pilot study.
The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 27(1): 81-96.

Gajendrareddy PK, Engeland CG, Junges R, Horan MP, Rojas G, Marucha PT. (2013) MMP-8 overexpression and persistence of neutrophils relate to stress-impaired healing and poor collagen architecture in mice.
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 28(2): 44-48.

Sun Y, Lu Y, Engeland CG, Gordon S, Sroussi HY. (2013) The anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and protective effect of S100A8 in endotoxemic mice.
Molecular Immunology, 53(4): 443-449.

Engeland CG. (2012) Stress, aging, and wound healing. In: Bosch JA, Phillips AC, Lord JM (Eds.), Immunosenescence: Behavioural and Psychosocial Determinants. New York: Springer, pp. 63-79.

Graham JE, Song S, Engeland CG. (2012) Acute pain speeds skin barrier recovery in healthy men and women.
Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 73(6): 452-458.

Engeland CG. (2012) Wound healing. In: Gellman MD, Turner JR (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York: Springer. 

Hartaigh B, Loerbroks A, Thomas GN, Engeland CG, Hollands MA, Fischer JE, Bosch JA. (2012) Age-dependent and -independent associations between depression, anxiety, DHEAS, and cortisol: From the MIPH Industrial Cohort Studies (MICS).
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(7): 929-936.

Curriculum Vitae

Christopher Engeland vitae