Natasha O. Dmitrieva, PhD

Natasha O. Dmitrieva Assistant Professor
Northern Arizona University
Developmental and Health Psychology
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  • Postdoctoral fellowship (NIA): Duke University Medical Center, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, 2011-2013
  • PhD: The Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies, 2011
  • BA: University of California, Irvine, Psychology and Social Behavior, Philosophy, 2005

Professional interests

Dr. Dmitrieva is a life-span developmental psychologist with additional expertise in health and applied statistical methodology. Her primary research is on reducing the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among American Indian patients. To accomplish this goal, she is leading an interdisciplinary university-clinician team in elucidating stress-related precursors of health behaviors among American Indians with prediabetes. This work leverages advances in smartphone technology and large-scale informatics to develop a culturally-sensitive electronic support system for American Indian patients at risk of type 2 diabetes.

In carrying out her work, Dr. Dmitrieva has a particular interest in utilizing innovative research methods and statistical analyses (e.g., ecological momentary assessment, latent variable modeling) to address rich and meaningful questions that may have been previously difficult to answer. In her research and teaching, Dr. Dmitrieva provides a mentorship atmosphere that encourages and challenges students to be active learners and collaborators.


Piazza, J.R., Dmitrieva, N.O., Charles, S. T., Almeida, D.M. & Orona, G. (in press). Diurnal cortisol profiles, inflammation, and functional limitations: A story of age and dysregulation. Health Psychology.

Merwin, R.M., Moskovich, A.A., Honeycutt, L.K., Lane, J.D., Feinglos, M., Surwit, R.S., Zucker, N.L., Dmitrieva, N.O., Babyak, M.A., Batchelder, H. (in press). Time of Day when Type 1 Diabetes Patients with Eating Disorder Symptomatology Most Commonly Restrict Insulin. Psychosomatic Medicine. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000550

Williams, M.W., Kueider, A.M., Dmitrieva, N.O., Manly, J.J., Pieper, C.F., Verney, S.P., Gibbons, L.E. (2016). Anxiety symptoms bias memory assessment in older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1002/gps.4557

Merwin, R.M., Dmitrieva, N.O., Honeycutt, L.K., Moskovich, A.A., Lane, J.D., Zucker, N.L., Surwit, R.S., Feinglos, M., & Kuo, J.L. (2015). Momentary predictors of intentional insulin restriction among adults with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 38, 2025-2032. DOI: 10.2337/dc15-0753.

Wolever, R.Q., Price, R., Hazelton, A.G., Dmitrieva, N.O., Bechard, E.M., Shaffer, J.K., & Tucci, D.L. (2015). Complementary therapies for significant dysfunction from tinnitus: Treatment review and potential for integrative medicine. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. DOI: 10.1155/2015/931418

Dmitrieva, N.O., Fyffe, D., Mukherjee, S., Fieo, R., Zahodne, L.B., Hamilton, J., Potter, G., Manly, J.J., Romero, H., Mungas, D., Gibbons, L.E. (2015). Demographic characteristics do not decrease the utility of depressive symptoms assessments: Examining the practical impact of item bias in four heterogeneous samples of older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30, 88-96. DOI: 10.1002/gps.4121

Fieo, R., Mukherjee, S., Dmitrieva, N.O., Fyffe, D.C., Gross, A.L., Sanders, R.L., Romero, H.R., Potter, G.G., Manly, J.J., Mungas, D.M., & Gibbons, L.E. (2015). Differential item functioning due to cognitive status does not impact depressive symptom measures in four heterogeneous samples of older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30, 911-918. DOI: 10.1002/gps.4234

Juberg, M., Jerger, K.K., Allen, K.D., Dmitrieva, N.O., Keever, T., & Perlman, A.I. (2015). Pilot study of massage in veterans with knee osteoarthritis. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21, 333-338. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2014.0254

Lee, B., Lawson, K.M., Chang, P-J., Neundorf, C., Dmitrieva, N.O., & Almeida, D.M. (2015). Leisure-time physical activity moderates the longitudinal associations between work-family spillover and physical health. Journal of Leisure Research, 47, 444-466.

Merwin, R.M., Moskovich, A.A., Dmitrieva, N.O., Pieper, C.F., Honeycutt, L.K., Zucker, N.L., Surwit, R.S., Buhi, L. (2014). Disinhibited eating and weight-related insulin mismanagement among individuals with Type 1 Diabetes. Appetite, 81, 123-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.05.028

Dmitrieva, N.O., Almeida, D.M., Dmitrieva, J., Loken, E., Pieper, C.F. (2013). A day-centered approach to modeling cortisol: Diurnal cortisol profiles and their associations among U.S. adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2354-2365. DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.05.003

Piazza, J.R., Almeida, D.M., Dmitrieva, N.O., & Klein, L.C. (2010). Frontiers in the use of biomarkers of health in research on stress and aging. Journals of Gerontology, Psychological Sciences, 65B, 513-525. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbq049


Dr. Dmitrieva teaches courses in developmental psychology and introductory and advanced statistics.