Dr. Lumley is a native of Detroit and attended Wayne State University as an undergraduate, majoring in both Psychology and Biology. He attended the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville from 1985 until 1990, when he received the Ph.D. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship (1989 – 1990) at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and spent one year (1990 - 1991) as a post-doctoral fellow in the Behavioral Medicine Program of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University since 1991 and was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2017.
Area of Expertise
Dr. Lumley’s primary interests focus on emotions, stress, and physical health. He is particularly interested in individual differences in emotional abilities and deficits, such as the personality construct of alexithymia, and how emotional awareness and expression influence stress and coping and affect health status. Much of his recent research tests the effects of various stress management techniques, including written emotional disclosure and emotional exposure techniques, on health and functioning of people with chronic illnesses, particularly pain problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and fibromyalgia.