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Stacey B. Scott, Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame (2009)
Assistant Professor, Social and Health Psychology

Dr. Scott plans to admit a new graduate student pending approval of funding.



Office: Psychology B-142
Phone: (631)-632-7804

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Research Interests:

Stress, emotions, health, lifespan development, longitudinal and intensive measurement designs and analysis.

Current Research:

Dr. Scott’s research examines stress, emotions, and mental and physical health across the lifespan. In this work, Dr. Scott investigates “stress” from several different perspectives: exposure (i.e., did an event occur), appraisal (i.e., the severity of threat of a particular event), and outcome (i.e., participants’ reports of “feeling stressed” and theorized physical, cognitive, and emotional outcomes of exposure). Her work in stress spans national disasters (e.g., 9/11 attacks), normative but major life events (e.g, widowhood), chronic stressors (e.g., loneliness, work strain, cancer), and daily hassles and disruptions (e.g., arguments, traffic, unexpected bills).

Dr. Scott and her collaborators use a variety of designs, ranging from thematic analyses of interview data to cross-sectional examinations of age differences to longitudinal investigations of trends over years of daily diary studies of day-to-day relationships between stress and affect to ecological momentary assessment studies of events and responses as they occur across a day, to better understand these phenomena. Dr. Scott’s current projects include an examination of cognitive function in daily life among breast cancer survivors, stress reactivity and recovery processes as a mechanism for the development of health disparities, and stress reactivity and recovery processes as targets for improving health behaviors such as physical activity and sleep. Examples of the kinds of questions Dr. Scott and her team pursue in current work include: to what extent variability in cognitive difficulties among breast cancer survivors is due to differences between people (i.e., do survivors who report being more depressed or fatigued tend to have more cognitive difficulties?) as opposed to the contexts (i.e., is cognitive performance worse on days when a survivor experiences a stressor or spends time worrying about cancer?) of survivors’ daily lives.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Scott joins SBU from an appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida.

Representative Publications:

Emotions & Well-Being

Holman, E. A., Mogle, J. A., Silver, R. C., &  Scott, S. B. (2016). Adversity, time, and well-being: A longitudinal analysis on time perspective in adulthood.  Psychology and Aging, 31, 640-651 .

Lay, J. C., Gerstorf, D., Scott, S. B., Pauly, T., & Hoppmann, C. (2016). Neuroticism and Extraversion magnify discrepancies between retrospective and concurrent reports of everyday negative and positive affect. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12290

Sliwinski, M. J., &  Scott, S. B. (2014). Physical and environmental constraints on emotional well-being in older adults. In P. Verhaeghen & C. Hertzog (Eds.),  The Oxford handbook of emotion, social cognition, and everyday problem-solving during adulthood  (pp. 128-141) New York: Oxford University Press.

Scott, S. B., Bergeman, C. S., Jackson, B. J., & Pitzer, L. (2013). Understanding global perceptions of stress in adulthood through tree-based exploratory data mining. In J. J. McArdle & G. Rischard (Eds.),  Contemporary issues in exploratory data mining (pp. 371-404) . New York, NY: Routledge.

Scott, S. B., Graham-Engeland, J. E., Engeland, C. G., Smyth, J. M., Almeida, D. M., Katz, M. J., Lipton, R. B., Mogle, J. A., Munoz, E., Ram, N., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2015). The Effects of Stress on Cognitive Aging, Physiology, and Emotion (ESCAPE) Project.  BioMed Central Psychiatry, 15, 146-160 .doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0497-7.

Scott, S. B., Jackson, B. R., Bergeman, C. S., & Pitzer, L. (2013). Combinations of stressors in midlife: Examining role and domain stressors using regression trees and random forests.  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 68, 464-475 . doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs166.

Scott, S. B., Poulin, M. J., & Silver, R. C. (2012).  A lifespan perspective on terrorism: Age differences in trajectories of response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.  Developmental Psychology, 49, 986-998 . doi: 10.1037/a0028916.

Scott, S. B., Jackson, B. R., & Bergeman, C. S. (2011). What contributes to perceived stress in later life?:  A recursive partitioning approach.  Psychology and Aging, 26, 830-843. doi: 10.1037/a0023180.

Scott, S. B., Ram, N., Smyth, J. S., Almeida, D. M., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2017). Age differences in negative emotional responses to daily stressors depend on time since event. Developmental Psychology, 53, 177-190 . doi: 10.1037/dev0000257 PMC5198895.

Scott, S. B., Sliwinski, M. J., & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2013). Age differences in emotional responses to daily stress: The role of timing, severity, and global perceived stress.  Psychology and Aging, 28, 1076-1087 doi: 10.1037/a0034000.

Scott, S. B., Sliwinski, M. J., Mogle, J. A., & Almeida, D. M. (2014). Age, stress, and emotional complexity: Results from two studies of daily experiences.  Psychology and Aging, 29, 577-587 . doi:10.1037/a0037282.

Social & Cognitive Functioning

Bisconti, T. L., Bergeman, C. S., Pitzer, L., &  Scott, S. B. (2012). The role of social support on health and well-being in older adult widows. In M. Goldman, R. Troisi, & K. Rexrode (Eds.),  Women and health ( 2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Clouston, S. A. P., Pietrzak, R. H., Richards, M., Kotov, R., Spriro, R., Scott, S. B., Deri, Y., Mukherjee, S., Stewart, C., Bromet, E., & Luft, B. J. (2017). Traumatic exposures, posttraumatic stress disorder, and cognitive functioning in World Trade Center responders. Alzheimer’ & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 3, 593-602 .

Hyun, J., Sliwinski, M. J., Almeida, D. M., Smyth, J. S., & Scott, S. B. (2017). The effects of intelligence and age on emotional distress from work overload stress. Aging and Mental Health, 29, 1-8 . doi: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1299688.

Munoz, E., Sliwinski, M. J.,  Scott, S. B., & Hofer, S. M. (2015). Global perceived stress predicts cognitive change among older adults.  Psychology and Aging, 30, 487-499

Pauly, T., Lay, J. C., Nater, U. M., Scott, S. B., & Hoppmann, C. (2017). How we experience being alone: Investigating age differences in emotional and physiological correlates of solitude. Gerontology, 63, 55-66 . doi: 10.1159/000450608.

Russell, A., Bergeman, C. S., &  Scott, S. B. (2012). Daily social exchanges in middle and later adulthood: The impact of loneliness and age.  International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 74, 299-329.  doi:10.2190/AG.74.4.c .

Scott, S. B., Bergeman, C. S., Verney, A., Longenbaker, S., Markey, M. A., & Bisconti, T. L. (2007). Social support in widowhood: A mixed methods study.  Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1, 242-266. doi: 10.1177/1558689807302453.

Small, B. J.,  Scott, S. B., Jim, H. S. L., & Jacobsen, P. B. (2015). Is cancer a risk factor for cognitive decline in late life?  Gerontolology. doi: 10.1159/000381022.

Health Outcomes and Behaviors

Heron, K. E.,  Scott, S. B., Sliwinski, M. J., & Smyth, J. S. (2014). Eating behaviors and negative affect in women’s everyday lives.  International Journal of Eating Disorders. doi: 10.002/eat.22292.

Nater, U. M., Hoppmann, C. A., &  Scott, S. B. (2013). Diurnal profiles of salivary alpha amylase and cortisol change across the adult lifespan: A time-sampling approach.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 3167-3171

Smyth, J. S., Sliwinski, M. J., Zawadzki, M., Scott, S. B., Conroy, D., Lanza, S., Stawski, R., Stoney, C. M., Buxton, O., Kim, J., Marcusson-Clavertz, D., Sciamanna, C., Green, P. M., Nielsen, L., & Almeida, D. M. (2018). A coordinated analysis approach to the science of behavior change. Behavioral Research and Therapy, 101, 20-29 .

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