Samuele Zilioli

Samuele Zilioli

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor - Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences


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WSU School of Medicine
IBio Building
Behavioral Health, 2119
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202


Samuele Zilioli

Dr. Samuele Zilioli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University (WSU), Detroit. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences from Simon Fraser University and was the recipient of the Governor General's Gold Medal for achieving the highest academic standing upon graduation. Before becoming Faculty at WSU, Dr. Zilioli completed a postdoc in Health Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Richard Slatcher.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Health Psychology, Social Neuroendocrinology, Social Psychology, Socioeconomic Status and Racial Health Disparities


In the Biopsychosocial Health Lab ( we are interested in understanding the bidirectional relationship between psychosocial processes (e.g., stress and emotion) and endocrine function (e.g., glucocorticoid-related mechanisms), and the extent to which these endocrine mechanisms serve as a pathway through which stress affects other biological systems (e.g., immune, cardiovascular, and metabolic system) and physical health. We are particularly interested in the interplay between psychosocial and biological factors in the context of socioeconomic status and racial health disparities

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D. Cognitive and Neural Sciences
  • M.A. Developmental and Communication Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart (Milan, Italy), 2009
  • B.A. Psychological Sciences and Practice, Catholic University of Sacred Heart (Milan, Italy), 2009

Awards and Grants

  • 2016: Scholar for the American Psychosomatic Society 2016 Young Investigator Colloquium. American Psychosomatic Society

  • 2015: WC Young Recent Graduate Award. Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

  • 2015: Governor General’s Gold Medal. Simon Fraser University

  • 2013: Awards of Excellence as Teaching Assistant. Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology

Selected Publications

Stanton, S. C. E., Zilioli, S., Briskin, J. L., Imami, L., Tobin, E. T., Wildman, D. E., D. J., Mair-Meijers, H., Luca, F., Kane, H. S., & Slatcher, R. B. (in press). Mothers’ Attachment is Linked to their Children’s Anti-Inflammatory Gene Expression via Maternal Warmth. Social Psychology and Personality Science.

Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Chi, P., Li, X., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2017). The Impact of Daily and Trait Loneliness on Diurnal Cortisol and Sleep Among Children Affected by Parental HIV / AIDS. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 75, 64-71.

Zilioli, S., Imami, L., & Slatcher, R. B. (2017). Socioeconomic Status, Perceived Control, Diurnal Cortisol, and Physical Symptoms: A Moderated Mediation Model. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 75, 36-43.

Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Chi, P., Li, X., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2016). Childhood Adversity, Self-Esteem, and Diurnal Cortisol Profiles across the Lifespan. Psychological Science, 27, 1249-1265.

Zilioli, S., Imami, L., & Slatcher, R. B. (2016). The impact of negative family-work spillover on diurnal cortisol. Health Psychology, 35, 1164-1167.

Tobin E. T., Zilioli, S., Imami, L., Kane, H. S., Saleh, D. J., & Slatcher, R. B. (2016). Neighborhood stress, depressive symptoms, and asthma morbidity in youth. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41, 952-960.

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