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Kevin S. Masters, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director Clinical Health Psychology

Email: Kevin Masters
Office Location: North Classroom 5008G
Phone: (303) 352-3961
Fax: (303) 556-3520
Office hours: by appointment only
Areas of Expertise:
Clinical Health Psychology


Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University

Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship, Duke University Medical Center

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Dayton

B.A., Psychology, Cedarville University


Dr. Masters is a clinical psychologist and a leader in the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 38 Health Psychology) and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and is Past-President of APA Division 38. Dr. Masters is interested in studying cardiovascular processes and disease from the perspective of behavioral medicine as well as the relations between spirituality, religiousness, and health. He has published laboratory studies on cardiovascular reactivity to stress based on religious orientation and practice and his meta-analytic reviews on distant intercessory prayer and health outcomes have been influential. Currently he is involved in research to design spiritually and meaning based interventions to improve activity adherence. This work is done in part at the state of the art Anschutz Health and Wellness Center located on the Anschutz Medical Campus of CU Denver. He is also involved in work on interventions for individuals with congestive heart failure and he has recently written several reviews on religion, spirituality, and health in general and cardiovascular disease in particular. Dr. Masters also maintains interest in psychological aspects and treatments for diabetes and pain and has general interest in positive psychology and health.

Dr. Masters is the Program Director for the APA Accredited doctoral training program in Clinical Health Psychology at University of Colorado Denver. He has written extensively on issues of training in clinical health psychology and was recently a member of the committee that drafted the document that reestablished clinical health psychology as an officially recognized area of specialization within the American Psychological Association. Dr. Masters is also a trained site visitor and has served in that capacity​ as part of the accreditation review process by the American Psychological Association.

Selected Publications (out of approximately 100)

Hooker, S.A., & Masters, K.S. (In Press). Purpose in life is associated with physical activity  measured by accelerometer. Journal of Health Psychology.

Jordan, K., Masters, K.S., Hooker, S.A., Ruiz, J.M, & Smith, T.W. (In Press). An interpersonal approach to individual differences in religiousness and spirituality as influences on health and well-being. Journal of Personality.

Masters, K.S. (In press).  "Religion, Spirituality, and Cardiovascular Disease."  In S. Waldstein, K. Kaatzel, and W. Kop (Eds.) Handbook of Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine.  Springer:  New York.

Hooker, S.A., Masters, K.S., & Carey, K.B. (2014). Multidimensional assessment of religiousness/spirituality and health behaviors in college students. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 228-240. Doi: 10.1080/10508619.2013.808870

Masters, K.S., & Hooker, S.A. (2013). Religiousness/Spirituality, cardiovascular disease and cancer: review with emphasis on cultural sensitivity and methodological innovation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 206-216.

Masters, K.S., & Hooker, S.A. (2013).  "Religion, Spirituality, and Health."  In R.F. Paloyutzian & C.L. Park (Eds.) Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (2nd edition) pp. 519-539. Guilford Press: New York.

Nash, J.M., McKay, K., Vogel, M.E., & Masters, K.S. (2012). Functional roles and foundational characteristics of psychologists in integrated primary care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19, 93-104.

Masters, K.S., & Knestel, A. (2011). Religious orientation and cardiovascular reactivity among middle aged adults: is being pro-religious really that good for you?  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34, 449-461.

Masters, K.S., & Knestel, A. (2011).  Religious orientation among a random sample of community dwelling adults:  Relations with health status and health relevant behaviors.  The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 2, 63-76.

O'Dell, K., Masters, K.S., Spielmans, G.I., & Maisto, S.A. (2011). Does Type-D Personality predict outcomes among patients with cardiovascular disease? A meta-analytic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, 199-206.

Beacham, A.O., Kinman, C., Harris, J.G., & Masters, K.S. (2011). The patient-centered medical home: Unprecedented workforce growth potential for professional psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43, 17-23.

Deaner, R.O., Masters, K.S., Ogles, B.M., & LaCaille, R.A. (2011). Marathon performance as a predictor of competitiveness and training in men and women. Journal of Sport Behavior, 34, 325-342.

Kapuscinski, A.N., & Masters, K.S. (2010).  The current status of measures of spirituality:  A critical review of scale development.  Psychology of Relgion and Spirituality, 2, 191-205.

Hyland, M.E., Wheeler, P., Kamble, S., & Masters, K.S. (2010).  A sense of 'special connection,' self-transcendent values and a common factor for religious and non-religious spirituality.  Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 32, 293-326.

Masters, K.S. (2010).  The role of religion in therapy: time for psychologists to have a little faith?  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 15, 163-172.

Masters, K.S., France, C.R., & Thorn, B.E. (2009).  Enhancing preparation among entry level clinical health psychologists:  Recommendations for "best practices" from the First Meeting of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP).  Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 3, 193-201.

Masters, K.S., Carey, K.B., Maisto, S.A., Caldwell, P.E., Wolfe, T.V., Hackney, H.L., France, C.R., & Himawan, L. (2009).  "Psychometric Examination of the Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality:  A Measure for Use in Health Studies."  The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 19, 106-120.

France, C.R., Masters, K.S., Belar, C.D., Kerns, R.D., Klonoff, E.A., Larkin, K.T., Smith, T.W., Suchday, S., & Thorn, B.E. (2008).  "Application of the Competency Model to Clinical Health Psychology."  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39, 573-580.

Masters, K.S. (2008).  "Mechanisms in the Relation Between Religion and Health with Emphasis on Cardiovascular Reactivity to Stress." Research in the Scientific Study of Religion, 19, 91-115.

Courses Taught

Health and Clinical Psychology courses for the doctoral program in Clinical Health Psychology