Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Lori A. J. Scott-Sheldon Senior Research Scientist in the Centers for Prevention and Behavioral Medicine at The Miriam Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Scott-Sheldon's research broadly focuses on health promotion and disease prevention by reducing or eliminating health risks, changing health behaviors, and promoting strategies to cope with life stressors (e.g., chronic illness). She also has specific training and expertise in measurement development, application of theoretical models to improve health, and sophisticated statistical analyses. Most of her research uses meta-analytic methodology and statistical analyses to determine the efficacy of behavioral, social, and biomedical interventions to promote health behavior change and to evaluate individual, contextual, and structural factors that facilitate behavior change. Dr. Scott-Sheldon also has an extensive line of primary-level research investigating facilitators and barriers of sexual health in the context of alcohol use, the impact of novel tobacco products (hookah, electronic cigarettes) on reproductive-age women, pregnant mothers, and infants, and stress management approaches among people living with chronic illness. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, including the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program.

Dr. Scott-Sheldon received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Prior to her appointment at Brown University (2011-present), she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Syracuse University. Since 2013, Dr. Scott-Sheldon has also held a secondary appointment in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown. 

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