Matthew Hunsinger, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 277

Matthew earned his M.S. in Cognitive Science at Illinois State University and his PhD in Experimental Social Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Matthew teaches classes at the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University’s terminal master’s program, including Research Methods and Statistics, as well as classes offered to all students in our department, including History and Systems and Social Psychology. He is a Co-Investigator and Statistician in the Mindful Health and Resilience Lab and conducts research on intergroup bias and meditation/mindfulness, with a current focus on the impact of mindfulness-based interventions on force response decision-making for law enforcement officers. On the weekends Matthew enjoys hiking, dancing, meditating, and watching movies.

Roles and Interests


social cognition, intergroup relations and bias, meditation and mindfulness, the impact of affect/emotion on cognition and behavior, conspiratorial thinking


  • BS, University of Mary Washington, 2001, Psychology
  • MS, Illinois State University, 2005, Cognitive Science
  • PhD, Experimental Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 2010

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Society
  • Mindfulness-based Therapy and Research Interest Group
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Selected Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Christopher, M., Hunsinger, M., Goerling, R., Bowen, S., Rogers, R., Gross, C., Dapolonia, E., & Pruessner, J. (2018). Mindfulness-based resilience training to reduce health risk, stress reactivity, and aggression among law enforcement officers: A feasibility and preliminary efficacy trial. Psychiatric Research, 264, 104-115.

Christopher, M. S., Goerling, R. J., Rogers, B. S., Hunsinger, M., Baron, G., Bergman, A. L., & Zava, D. T. (2016). A pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention on cortisol awakening response and health outcomes among law enforcement officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 31, 15-28.

Kaplan, J. B., Bergman, A. L., Christopher, M. S., Bowen, S., & Hunsinger, M. (2017). Role of resilience in mindfulness training for first responders. Mindfulness, 8, 1373-1380.

Christopher, M., Rogers, Hunsinger, M., Colgan, D., Reiss, A., & Farwood, H. (2015). Distinguishing mindful process from outcome in the prediction of global health and perceived stress in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Mindfulness, 6(4), 693-699.

Dasgupta, N., Circle, M., & Hunsinger, M. (2015). Female peers in small work groups enhance  women’s motivation, verbal participation, and career aspirations in engineering. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112,16, 4988-4993.

Hunsinger, M., Livingston, R., & Isbell, L. (2014). Spirituality and intergroup harmony: Meditation and racial prejudice. Mindfulness, 5(2), 139-144.

Hunsinger, M., Livingston, R., & Isbell, L. (2013). The impact of loving-kindness meditation on affective conditioning and cognitive control. Mindfulness, 4(3), 275-280.

Salmoirago-Blotcher, E., Hunsinger, M., Lucas, M., Fischer, D., & Carmody, J. (2013). Mindfulness-based stress reduction and change in health-related behaviors. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 18(4), 243-247.

Baer, R., Carmody, J., & Hunsinger, M. (2012). Weekly changes in mindfulness and perceived stress in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(7), 755-765.

Hunsinger, M., Isbell, L., & Clore, J. (2012). Sometimes happy people focus on the forest and sad people focus on the trees: Context dependent effects of mood in impression formation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(2), 220-232.

Selected Recent Presentations (*denotes student author)

Hunsinger, M., & Hoke, C. (April, 2018). The impact of a mindfulness-based resilience training on aggression for law-enforcement officers. Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL.

Koslofsky, S., Stein, S., Von, M., Della Paolera, M., & Hunsinger, M. (November, 2015). Making it work: Educational innovations for interprofessional programs. Paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Association of Schools in Allied Health Professions, Scottsdale, AZ.

Hunsinger, M., Christopher, M., Farwood, H., Dapolonia, E., Rodgers, B., & Georling, R. (May, 2105). Mindfulness in the Workplace. Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL.

Hunsinger, M. & Christopher, M. (December, 2014). Mindfulness and law enforcement. Presentation at Pacific University Health Professions Campus Faculty Seminar Series, Hillsboro, OR. 

Hunsinger, M. (November, 2014). Mindfulness, unconscious social bias, and law enforcement. Presentation for workshop at the Oregon Mediation Association annual meeting, Portland, OR.

Hunsinger, M., Christopher, M., & Farwood, H. (2014, April). Distinguishing mindfulness process from outcome in a stress reduction program. Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association annual meeting, Portland, OR.

Hunsinger, M., Livingston, R., & Isbell, L. (2011, May). Spiritual paths to intergroup harmony: The relationship between meditation and prejudice. Paper presented at the American Psychological Society annual meeting, Washington, D.C.