Cynthia Berg, PhD


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Psychology - Professor
  • Cancer Center Programs: Affiliate, non-programmatically aligned

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-8239
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
    380 S 1530 E, Room: 502
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Cynthia Berg is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah and an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.Berg's research interests involve the ways individuals, throughout their lives, cope with chronic health conditions together with close relationships. Her research examines how collaboration can serve to enhance relationship satisfaction, reduce psychosocial distress, and in the case of dealing with health-related problems, enhance adherence to a medical regimen. Her work in prostate cancer examines how collaboration between husbands and wives can facilitate adjustment and well-being as men deal with treatment decisions and resolve problems surrounding treatment. Berg has also received grants to examine how parents may facilitate type 1 diabetes management across adolescence and into emerging adulthood, and to examine how individuals across the life span solve everyday problems and collaborate to resolve those problems.Berg has numerous publications related to life-span developmental psychology and serves on editorial boards for professional journals. Berg completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Yale University
Developmental Psychology
Graduate Training Yale University
Developmental Psychology
Graduate Training Yale University
Developmental Psychology
Undergraduate University of Washington

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Cundiff JM, Smith TW, Uchino BN, Berg CA (2013). Subjective social status: construct validity and associations with psychosocial vulnerability and self-rated health. Int J Behav Med, 20(1), 148-58.
  2. Fagundes CP, Berg CA, Wiebe DJ (2012). Intrusion, avoidance, and daily negative affect among couples coping with prostate cancer: a dyadic investigation. J Fam Psychol, 26(2), 246-53.
  3. Berg CA, Wiebe DJ, Butner J (2011). Affect covariation in marital couples dealing with stressors surrounding prostate cancer. Gerontology, 57(2), 167-72.
  4. Berg CA, Schindler I, Smith TW, Skinner M, Beveridge RM (2011). Perceptions of the cognitive compensation and interpersonal enjoyment functions of collaboration among middle-aged and older married couples. Psychol Aging, 26(1), 167-73.
  5. Schindler I, Berg CA, Butler JM, Fortenberry KT, Wiebe DJ (2010). Late-midlife and older couples' shared possible selves and psychological well-being during times of illness: the role of collaborative problem solving. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 65(4), 416-24.
  6. Smith TW, Traupman EK, Uchino BN, Berg CA (2010). Interpersonal circumplex descriptions of psychosocial risk factors for physical illness: application to hostility, neuroticism, and marital adjustment. J Pers, 78(3), 1011-36.
  7. Smith TW, Berg CA, Florsheim P, Uchino BN, Pearce G, Hawkins M, Henry NJ, Beveridge RM, Skinner MA, Olsen-Cerny C (2009). Conflict and collaboration in middle-aged and older couples: I. Age differences in agency and communion during marital interaction. Psychol Aging, 24(2), 259-73.
  8. Berg CA, Wiebe DJ, Butner J, Bloor L, Bradstreet C, Upchurch R, Hayes J, Stephenson R, Nail L, Patton G (2008). Collaborative coping and daily mood in couples dealing with prostate cancer. Psychol Aging, 23(3), 505-16.