Chelsea Ratcliff


Chelsea Ratcliff

(936) 294-4662

Department of Psychology & Philosophy, Sam Houston State University, Campus Box 2447, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2447

Department: Psychology

Assistant Professor

Area of expertise: Dr. Ratcliff's research focuses on the impact of mental and emotional health on physical health-related outcomes for individuals with and without medical illnesses. She is also interested in studying the integration of mental health care into the medical setting, particularly for patients undergoing treatment for cancer. Finally, she studies the effect of brief behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions on mental and physical health outcomes.

Current Studies

  • Be-WEL Study: Examines the effect of a brief telephone-based intervention on postoperative outcomes for patients undergoing cancer-related surgery.
  • Learning to De-Stress Together: Examines the effect of four different approaches to reducing stress for romantic couples
  • Effect of Moral Injury among First Responders: Examines the protective effect of gratitude, mindfulness, and posttraumatic growth on health and quality of life among first responders who have experienced moral injury on the job
  • Association of Mindfulness with Body Focused Repetitive Behavior: Examines the association between mindfulness and behaviors such as skin picking and hair pulling among college students
  • Predictors of Cervical Cancer Screening among Latina Americans: Examines risk factors that may help explain why many Latina Americans do not receive cervical cancer screening according to national recommendations
  • How Todays News Affects Our Bodies and Minds: Examines the effect of news stories on physiological indices of stress

Funded Studies

Dr. Ratcliff currently has funding SHSU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to conduct the Be-WEL study and the study of How Todays News Affects our Bodies and Minds.

In the past, she has received research funding from the NIH/National Cancer Institute to conduct a study examining the effect of a brief mindfulness intervention on anxiety for women undergoing stereotactic breast biopsy, and from the Veteran Affairs’ Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center to study the effect of a brief behavioral intervention on veterans undergoing major abdominal surgery.

Integrative Health Lab

The Integrative Health Lab at Sam Houston State University broadly focuses on exploring the connection between mind and body. We aim to gain a better understanding of how mental health, and interventions aimed at improving mental health, impact overall quality of life, including physical health. Additionally, we are interested in examining ways in which mental health care can be integrated into routine medical care, in order to provide patients with integrated, whole-person care.

Integrative Health Lab Website →


  • PSYC 8383: Doctoral Clinical Practicum II
  • PSYC 5388: Advanced Experimental Design
  • PSYC 3331: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 2315: Psychology of Adjustment
  • PSYC 1301: Introduction to Psychology

SHSU Committees

  • Member, MA Faculty Search Committee
  • Member, Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments Award Committee

Outside Committees

  • Chair, Early Career Psychologist Special Interest Group, Texas Psychological Association


Curriculum Vitae is available in PDF format.



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