GARY FELSTEN, ph.d - aSSOCIATE dEAN OF aCADEMIC aFFAIRS - iupuc coLLEGE
Gary Felsten is a psychobiologist and did research for a number of years on sensory coding in the visual system and neural control of the cardiovascular system. More recently, he has studied relationships between personality, stress, coping, and physical and psychological well-being. Professor Felsten teaches a variety of psychology courses and was recognized by the Trustees of Indiana University with the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1997 and 2000 and the Trustees Teaching Award in 2001 and 2008.
Professor Felsten’s research has focused on relationships between stress, personality factors, coping, and physical and psychological well-being. In particular, he has studied links between hostility and cardiovascular and affective responses to stress, stress reactivity as a predictor of depression, and gender differences and similarities in coping. Research in progress includes investigations of coping and stress reactivity as predictors of affective states and students’ expectations for the future and associations between features of the natural and built environments and recovery from stress.
Dr. Felsten serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives (CIAA). He was co-chair of the CIAA Symposium Committee that organized a three day symposium in October 2007 titled, “Preserving the Past, Educating the Present, Planning the Future” in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Institute of Architects’ Indiana and Kentucky chapters. He has presented numerous talks on stress and changes in the brain with aging in the community and at the annual Columbus Indiana Elderhostel.