Lori A. J. Scott-Sheldon, PhD earned her MA from St. Bonaventure University and her PhD at the University of Connecticut in social psychology/quantitative methods. She was a Research Scientist in the Center for Health and Behavior and an Assistant Professor Psychology at Syracuse University from 2006 to 2011. Dr. Scott-Sheldon is now a Senior Research Scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, The Miriam Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University. She also holds a secondary appointment in Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University School of Public Health.
Dr. Scott-Sheldon is a social scientist with extensive expertise in applying theory to health behavior. 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). Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and she is well published in leading medical, public health, psychological and multi-disciplinary journals in psychology, public health, and behavioral medicine.
In addition to her research, Dr. Scott-Sheldon is the Associate Editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior, serves on the Editorial Boards ofAIDS & Behavior and Health Psychology, and has served as a reviewer for more than 30 journals and for the Cochrane Collaboration. Dr. Scott-Sheldon was elected to the International Academy of Sex Research in 2011 and the Research Society on Alcoholism in 2013. Dr. Scott-Sheldon was recently awarded the Bruce M. Selya Award for Excellence in Research from the Lifespan Hospital Network, Providence, RI, in recognition of her commitment to academic medicine and research excellence.