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Faculty Scholar June J. Pilcher, Ph.D. at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

June J. Pilcher, Ph.D.

Alumni Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: jpilche@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Pilcher?

June J. Pilcher has been at Clemson since 2001 and is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Chicago in 1989. She was enlisted in the US Navy prior to completing her undergraduate degree and served as an officer as a research psychologist in the U.S. Army after completing her Ph.D. Pilcher was named a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science in 2010. She has also earned a variety of awards at Clemson University including being named the 2015 recipient of the Class of ’39 Award for faculty excellence. She was the Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar from 2011 to 2012 in Vienna, Austria and a Fulbright Specialist in Global Health in 2017 in Oulu, Finland. In 2018 to 2019, Pilcher served as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development in D.C. Her research is broadly based on the effects of stress on performance, health, and well-being. Her research incorporates many occupational health topics including sleep and sleep loss, physical activity and sedentary behavior, and thermal stress. She has taught a wide range of classes focused on brain and behavior, health, and human nature and has given over 200 invited talks nationally and internationally.

For more information, see her Department Profile.

How Dr. Pilcher’s research is transforming health care

Pilcher is interested in a broad range of research topics related to stress and fatigue. She has published a number of sleep deprivation studies simulating night-shift work to study how working at night affects performance and well-being. She also studies the effects of good and poor sleep habits on performance, health and well-being. More recently, she has extended her research to include the impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior. June is interested in establishing a research collaboration to examine stress and its impact on health and well-being with particular interest in sleep habits, sleep loss, physical activity, and extreme environments. Pilcher’s expertise can help inform health settings and provide a unique perspective in better understanding how stress and fatigue affect our daily functioning, a crucial aspect of hospital operations.

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Health Research Expertise Keywords

Psychology, Stress, Fatigue, Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Habits, Shiftwork, Physical Activity, Sedentary Activity, Extreme Environments