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Sally Dickerson

Sally Dickerson

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My work integrates psychological and biological levels of analysis by applying theories of social and emotional processes to the context of stress and disease. My research examines how social-evaluative threat and accompanying self-conscious emotional responses affect immune and neuroendocrine outcomes, and how individual differences may heighten vulnerability to these psychological and physiological changes.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology

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Journal Articles:

  • Bower, J. E., Ganz, P. A., Dickerson, S. S., Petersen, L., Aziz, N., & Fahey, J. L. (2005). Diurnal cortisol rhythm and fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 30(1), 92-100.
  • Davison, K. P., Pennebaker, J. W., & Dickerson, S. S. (2000). Who talks? The social psychology of illness support groups. American Psychologist, 55, 205-217.
  • Dickerson, S. S. (2008). Emotional and physiological responses to social-evaluative threat. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(3), 1362-1368.
  • Dickerson, S. S., Gable, S. L., Irwin, M. R., Aziz, N., & Kemeny, M. E. (2009). Social-evaluative threat and proinflammatory cytokine regulation: An experimental laboratory investigation. Psychological Science, 20, 1237-1244.
  • Dickerson, S. S., Gruenewald, T. L., & Kemeny, M. E. (2009). Psychobiological responses to social self threat: Functional or detrimental? Self & Identity, 8(2), 270-285.
  • Dickerson, S. S., Gruenewald, T. L., & Kemeny, M. E. (2004). When the social self is threatened: Shame, physiology, and health. Journal of Personality, 72(6), 1192-1216.
  • Dickerson, S. S., & Kemeny, M. E. (2004). Acute stressors and cortisol responses: A theoretical integration and synthesis of laboratory research. Psychological Bulletin 130(3), 355-391.
  • Dickerson, S. S., Kemeny, M. E., Aziz, N., Kim, K. H., & Fahey, J. L. (2004). Immunological effects of induced shame and guilt. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66(1), 124-131.
  • Dickerson, S. S., Mycek, P. J., & Zaldivar, F. (2008). Social evaluation – but not mere social presence – elicits cortisol responses to a laboratory stressor task. Health Psychology, 27(1), 116-121.
  • Lam, S., Dickerson, S. S., Zoccola, P. M., Zaldivar, F. (2009). Emotion regulation and cortisol reactivity to a social-evaluative speech task. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 1355-1362.
  • Stetler, C., Dickerson, S. S., & Miller, G. E. (2004). Uncoupling of social zeitgebers and diurnal cortisol secretion in clinical depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 29(10), 1250-1259.
  • Zoccola, P. M., Dickerson, S. S., & Lam, S. (2009). Rumination predicts longer sleep onset latency following an acute psychosocial stressor. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77, 771-775.
  • Zoccola, P. M., Dickerson, S. S., & Zaldivar, F. (2008). Rumination and cortisol responses to laboratory stressors. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 661-667.

Other Publications:

  • Dickerson, S. S. (in press). Physiological responses to experiences of social pain. To appear in G. MacDonald and L. Jenson-Campbell (Eds.), Social Pain: A Neuroscientific, Social, and Health Psychology Analysis. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Gruenewald, T. L., Dickerson, S. S., & Kemeny, M. E. (2007). A social function for the self-conscious emotions: Social-self preservation theory. In J. Tracy, R. Robins, & J. Tangney (Eds.), Self-Conscious Emotions 2nd Ed. (pp. 68-87). New York: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Health Psychology
  • Human Stress
  • Psychobiology of Stress

Sally Dickerson
Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
4558 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California 92697-7085
United States

  • Phone: (949) 824-4556
  • Fax: (949) 824-3002

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