Lori Scott-Sheldon Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Lori A. J. Scott-Sheldon received her PhD in 2006 from the University of Connecticut in Social Psychology, specializing in health psychology and quantitative methods. Her work broadly focuses on health promotion and disease prevention in the domains of sexual health, HIV, and alcohol use. 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 (i.e., moderators of treatment efficacy). 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, and HIV/STIs.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

(2012 to present)

Scott-Sheldon L. A. J.,  Carey, M. P.,  Carey, K. B.,  Cain, D., Harel, O., Vermaak, R., Mthembu, J., Simbayi, L. C.,  & Kalichman, S. C. (2012). Patterns of Alcohol Use and Sexual Behaviors among Current Drinkers in Cape Town, South Africa. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 492-497.

Carey, M. P., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., & Vanable, P. A. (2012). HIV/AIDS. In Nezu, A. M., Maguth, C., & Geller, P. A. (Eds.) Handbook of Psychology (Vol. 9, pp. 218-246). New York: Wiley.

Walsh, J., Senn, T. E., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J. Vanable, P. A., & Carey, M. P., (2012). Using growth mixture modeling to identify heterosexual men who reduce their frequency of unprotected sex following a behavioral intervention. AIDS & Behavior, 16, 1501-1510.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Terry, D., Carey, K. B., Garey, L., & Carey, M. P. (2012). Efficacy of expectancy challenge interventions to reduce college student drinking: A meta-analytic review. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 393-405.

Carey, K. B., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Elliott, J. E., Garey, L., & Carey, M. P. (2012). Face-to-face versus computer-delivered alcohol interventions for college drinkers: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 690-703.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., & Johnson, B. T. (2013). The sexual health of adolescents: Why, when, and how adolescents use contraceptives. In Bromberg, D. & O’Donohue, W. (Eds.), Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality: Developmental and Forensic Issues (pp. 221-252). Oxford: Academic Press.

Carey, M. P., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Senn, T. E., & Carey, K. B. (2013). Attitudes toward sexual partner concurrency: Development and evaluation of a brief, self-report measure for field research. AIDS & Behavior, 17, 779-789.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J.,  Carey, M. P.,  Carey, K. B.,  Cain, D., Vermaak, R., Mthembu, J., Mehlomakhulu, V., Simbayi, L. C., & Kalichman, S. C. (2013). Does Perceived Life Stress Mediate the Association between HIV Serostatus and Alcohol Use? Evidence from Adults Living in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Care, 25, 1026-1032.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Senn, T. E., Carey, K. B., Urban, M. A., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Quantity, not frequency, of alcohol use moderates the association between multiple sexual partners and trichomonas vaginalis among women attending an urban STD clinic. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 89, 498-503.

Scott-Sheldon L. A. J., Carey, M. P., Carey, K. B., Cain, D., Simbayi, L. C., Mehlomakhulu, V. & Kalichman, S. C. (2013). HIV testing is associated with increased knowledge and reductions in sexual risk behaviors among men in Cape Town, South Africa. African Journal of AIDS Research, 12, 195-201.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Walstrom, P., Carey, K. B., Johnson, B. T., Carey, M.P., and the MASH Research Team (2013). Alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors among individuals infected with HIV: A systematic review and meta-analysis, 2012 to Early 2013. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 10, 314-323. [MASH Research Team: Lan, C-W, Pina, M., Tan, X.]

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Walstrom, P., Harrison, A., Kalichman, S. C., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Sexual risk reduction interventions for HIV prevention among South African youth: A meta-analytic review. Current HIV Research, 11, 549-558.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, K. B., Elliott, J. C., Garey, L., & Carey, M. P. (2014). Efficacy of Alcohol Interventions for First-Year College Students: A Meta-Analytic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 177-188.

Lan, C-W, Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, K. B., Johnson, B.T., & Carey, M. P. (in press). Alcohol and sexual risk reduction interventions among people living in Russia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS & Behavior. Advance online publication. *Student first-authored*

Senn, T. E., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., & Carey, M. P. (in press). Relationship-specific condom attitudes predict condom use among STD clinic patients with both primary and non-primary partners. AIDS & Behavior. Advance online publication.

Scott-Sheldon L. A. J., Carey, K. B., Carey, M. P., Cain, D., Simbayi, L. C.,  & Kalichman, S. C. (in press). Alcohol use disorders, contexts of alcohol use, and the risk of HIV transmission among South African male patrons of alcohol serving venues. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Advance online publication.

funded research

R01-AA017399-01 09/01/2012 – 05/31/2016
Alcohol Consumption & HIV Behavior: Evaluating the Evidence
This project uses meta-analytic methodology to systematically and comprehensively investigate the association between alcohol consumption and sexual risk behaviors.
Role: Principal Investigator

R01-AA017399-05, Kalichman, S.C. (PI) 12/01/2007 – 08/31/2013
Multilevel Alcohol-HIV/AIDS Prevention in South Africa
This project is a randomized community-level trial multilevel HIV/AIDS risk reduction intervention for men and women who drink alcohol in shebeens in Cape Town South Africa.
Role: Co-I/Data Analyst

R01-AA12518-12, Carey, K.B. (PI) 02/01/2011 – 01/31/2015
Brief Alcohol Interventions by Counselor or Computer
This project will evaluate outcomes, predictors and moderators of outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of three types of brief motivational interventions with college students who engage in heavy, episodic drinking.
Role: Co-I/Data Analyst

R01-MH068171-09, Carey, M.P. (PI) 09/01/2009 – 06/30/2014
HIV Prevention for STD Clinic Patients
This project is a RCT to evaluate two clinic-based risk reduction interventions. Psychological antecedents, sexual risk behavior, and STI rates will be assessed at baseline, 3, 6, and 12-months post-intervention.
Role: Co-I/Data Analyst

R01-MH058563-14, Johnson, B.T. (PI) 04/01/2009 – 02/28/2014
Syntheses of HIV Prevention Research, Phase III
This project involves a series of meta-analyses designed to determine the efficacy of behavioral and structural interventions to prevent HIV transmission.
Role: Co-I/Data Analyst