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Todd Lucas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
(313) 577-2124

As a social and health psychologist, Dr. Lucas conducts research on the psychological and social determinants of stress and health. Some of his past and ongoing research has explored relationships between perceived fairness and health, and this has especially included examining whether fairness uniquely affects well-being in African Americans. He also collaborates with other members of the department on applied research topics that have ranged from the treatment and integration of immigrants to identifying and reducing occupational stress in police officers. Finally, Dr. Lucas plays an active role in the educational mission of the department both through formal instruction of medical and MPH students, and also through participation in various student research collaborations.  He teaches FPH 7210 Research Methods for Public Health.


Dr. Lucas' publications and current grants coming soon.

  • Psychosocial determinants of stress
  • Health behavior, and well-being
  • Social influence processes in health communication
  • Cross-cultural analysis of social perception cognition, and behavior
Education Training

Courses Taught over the Last 2 Years

FPH 7210: Research Methods for Public Health


  • B.A. 1999 Psychology & Economics -- Hope College (Holland, MI)
  • M.A. 2002 Social Psychology -- Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • Ph.D. 2005 Social Psychology -- Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • Postdoctoral Training: 2007
    Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine
    University of Michigan & VA Ann Arbor Health Care System

Recent Training and Experience

  • 2003- 2004 Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
    Research Associate: Center for Healthcare Effectiveness Research
  • 2004- 2005 Albion College (Albion, MI)
    Visiting Instructor: Department of Psychology
  • 2005 Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
    Research Consultant: Center for Health Research
  • 2005-2007 Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
    Research Design and Statistics Consultant: Department of Psychiatry