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(s)/area of expertise

  • I am accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.Broad Areas: Social/Health Psychology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Psychosocial Determinants of Health


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


  • Ph.D. Cognitive and Neural Sciences, 2014
  • 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), 2006

Awards and grants

  • 2016: Rising Star Award. Association for Psychological Science.

  • 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

Rodriguez-Stanley, J., Alonso-Ferres, M., Zilioli, S., & Slatcher, R. B. (2020). Housework, health, and well-being in older adults: The role of socioeconomic status. Journal of Family Psychology.

Jiang, Y., Li, X., Zilioli, S., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2019). Effects of peer victimization and perceived social support on daily negative affect and sleep outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Zilioli, S., Fritz, H., Wassim, T. Lawrence, S. A., & Cutchin, M. P. (2019). Socioeconomic Status, Ecologically Assessed Social Activities, and Daily Cortisol among Older Urban African Americans. Journal of Aging and Health.

Jiang, Y, Da, W., Qiao, S., Zhang, Q., Li, X., Ivey, G., & Zilioli, S. (2019). Basal Cortisol, Cortisol Reactivity, and Telomere Length: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology,

Grebe, N., Sarafin, R., Stenth, C., & Zilioli, S. (2019). Pair-bonding, Fatherhood, and the Role of Testosterone: A Meta-Analytic Review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

For a full list of publications, please visit

Currently teaching

  • Honors Research in Psychology (Psy 5020), Directed Study (Psy 4991), Applied Research Methods in Urban Public Health (Fph 7270)

Courses taught

Honors Research in Psychology (Psy 5020) -Winter 2020-
Directed Study (Psy 7990) -Winter 2020-
Directed Study (Psy 4991) -Winter 2020-

Honors Research in Psychology (Psy 5020) -Winter 2019, Fall 2019-
Applied Research Methods in Urban Public Health (Fph 7270) -Fall 2019-
Directed Study (Psy 4991) -Fall 2019-

Honors Research in Psychology (Psy 5020) -Winter 2018; Fall 2018-
Special Topics (Bio 5060), Guest Lecturer -Winter 2018-
Applied Research Methods in Urban Public Health (Fph 7270) -Fall 2018-


Incremental coursework

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Citation index

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    i10-index = 24