Thomas Fuller-Rowell Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Thomas Fuller-Rowell Headshot

258 Spidle Hall

Auburn University
College of Human Sciences
261 Mell Street
Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-3218




Fun Facts
Interests outside of work?
English premier league football

Childhood/adolescent jobs?
Saltwater fish tank maintenance
Topiary garden shaping
Interior home painting

Ph.D. Cornell University, Developmental Psychology, 2010
M.A. Cornell University, Human Development, 2007
B.A. University of Colorado, Biochemistry and Psychology, 2003

Research Interest
• Socioeconomic and Racial Health Disparities
• Social Determinants of Health
• Stress Physiology and Biomarkers of Physiologic Dysregulation
• Policy Influences on Health Inequality
• Intergenerational Social Mobility
Courses Taught
HDFS 4950: Health Disparities Research
HDFS 5300/6300: HDFS and Social Policy
HUSC 5930/6930: Society and Health: A Changing Landscape of Health Inequality
HDFS 7020: Adult Development in Context: Social Inequalities in Trajectories of Aging

2017   Faculty Award for Excellence in Service and Research

Research Projects
Social determinants of sleep and sleep disparities among college students: The influence of childhood adversity, contemporaneous stress, and proximal behavioral mediators
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), grant number 1R15HL140504-01A1
08/01/2018 - 07/31/2021
Selected Publications
Fuller-Rowell, T. E., *Nichols, O. I., Burrow, A. L., Ong, A. D., Chae, D. H., El Sheikh, M. (2020). Day-to-day fluctuations in experiences of discrimination: Associations with sleep and the moderating role of internalized racism among African American college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/cdp0000342.

Fuller-Rowell, T. E., *Homandberg, L. K., *Curtis, D. S., Tsenkova, V. K., Williams, D. R., & Ryff, C. D. (2019). Disparities in insulin resistance between black and white adults in the United States: The role of lifespan stress exposure. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.04.020

*Homandberg, L. K., & Fuller-Rowell, T. E. (2020). Experiences of discrimination and urinary catecholamine concentrations: Longitudinal associations in a college student sample. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. [Online ahead ofprint]. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kaaa033

Fuller-Rowell, T. E., & *Curtis, D. S, & Duke, A.M. (2018). Disparities in health between Black and White Americans: Current knowledge and directions for future research. In C. D. Ryff & R. F. Krueger (Eds.). Oxford Handbook on Integrative Health Science, 457-478. ISBN: 9780190676384

Fuller-Rowell, T. E., *Curtis, D. S., Chae, D. H., & Ryff, C. D. (2018). Longitudinal health consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage: Examining perceived discrimination as a mediator. Health Psychology, 37, 491-500. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000616

Fuller-Rowell, T.E., *Curtis, D.S., Klebanov, P.K., Brooks-Gunn, J. & Evans, G.W. (2017). Racial Disparities in Blood Pressure Trajectories of Preterm Children: The Role of Family and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status. American Journal of Epidemiology, 185, 888-897. DOI: 10.1093/aje/kww198.

Fuller-Rowell, T. E., *Curtis, D. S., El-Sheikh, M., Chae, D. H., Boylan, J. M., & Ryff, C. D. (2016). Racial disparities in sleep: The role of neighborhood disadvantage. Sleep Medicine, 27-28, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2016.10.008.