Camelia Hostinar

IPR Postdoctoral Fellow


Camelia Hostinar is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and the Foundations of Health Research Center directed by IPR psychologists Greg Miller and Edith Chen. Hostinar’s research seeks to understand the development of individual differences in stress psychobiology and their influence on psychological and physical health. She is especially interested in examining protective factors (e.g., supportive relationships) that could dampen stress and mitigate its effects on later health outcomes. She is currently actively involved with Dr. Miller’s Biological Embedding of Early Life Socioeconomic Status project and the Cities Stress and Learning Project led by IPR psychobiologist Emma Adam, Chen, and Kathy Grant of DePaul University. Hostinar recently earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development and holds a BS in Psychology from Towson University (2008).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Hostinar, C. E., Ross, K. M., Chen, E., & Miller, G. E. (in press). Modeling the association between lifecourse socioeconomic disadvantage and systemic inflammation in healthy adults: The role of self-control. Health Psychology.

Hostinar, C. E., Johnson, A. E., & Gunnar, M. R. (2014). Parent support is less effective in buffering cortisol stress responses for adolescents compared to children. Developmental Science.

Hostinar, C., Cicchetti, D., and Rogosch, F. (2014). Oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism, perceived social support, and psychological symptoms in maltreated adolescents. Development and Psychopathology, 26(2), 465-77

Carlson, E., Hostinar, C., and Gunnar, M. (2014). The emergence of attachment following early social deprivation. Development and Psychopathology, 26(2), 479-89. 

Lawler, J., Hostinar, C., and Gunnar, M. (2014). Disinhibited social engagement in post-institutionalized children: Differentiating normal from atypical behaviorDevelopment and Psychopathology, 26(2), 451-64.

Lucas-Thompson, R., and Hostinar, C. (2013). Family income and appraisals of parental conflict as predictors of psychological adjustment and diurnal cortisol in emerging adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(5), 784-94.

Hostinar, C., and Gunnar, M. (2013). The developmental effects of early life stress: A review of current theoretical frameworks. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 

Hostinar, C., and Gunnar, M. (2013). Future directions in the study of social relationships as stress regulators across development. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Hostinar, C., Sullivan, R., and Gunnar, M. (2013). Psychobiological mechanisms underlying the social buffering of the HPA axis: A review of animal models and human studies across development. Psychological Bulletin.

Hostinar, C. and Gunnar, M. (2013). The developmental psychobiology of stress and emotion in childhood. In Handbook of Psychology (2nd edition), edited by I. Weiner, D. Freedheim, and R. Lerner, 121-141. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 

Hostinar, C., Stellern, S., Schaefer, C., Carlson, S., and Gunnar, M. (2012). Associations between early life adversity and executive function in children adopted internationally from orphanages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(2), 17208-12.

Güler, E., Hostinar C., Frenn, K., Nelson, C., Gunnar, M., and Thomas, M. (2012). Electrophysiological evidence of altered memory processing in children experiencing early deprivation. Developmental Science, 15(3), 345-58.

Osterholm, E., Hostinar, C., and Gunnar, M. (2012). Alterations in stress responses of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in small for gestational age infants. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(10), 1719-25.

Gunnar, M., Herrera, A., and Hostinar, C. (2009). Stress and early brain development. In Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, edited by R. Tremblay, R. Barr, R. Peters, and M. Boivin, 1-8. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.