Nancy L. Sin

Contact Information
421 Biobehavioral Health Building
(814) 865-4817
Postdoctoral Fellow


  • BA, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
  • MA, Social/Personality Psychology, University of California, Riverside, 2010
  • PhD, Social/Personality Psychology, University of California, Riverside, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Aging, UCSF Division of Geriatrics, 2012 – 2013 
Research Interestes: 

I am a social and health psychologist interested in the psychosocial determinants of cardiovascular health and aging. My research focuses on how positive and stressful experiences in day-to-day life influence biobehavioral pathways underlying cardiovascular disease (e.g., inflammatory, neuroendocrine, and sleep). This work is conducted using ecological methods for capturing experiences and stress physiology as they unfold in daily life. This research can inform the development of novel strategies to enhance both emotional and physical well-being and to promote healthy aging.

Grant Funding

Active Research Support

The role of daily well-being in inflammatory processes and diurnal cortisol rhythms     
National Institute on Aging
F32AG048698 (2015-2017)
Role: Principal Investigator


The social patterning of daily well-being and cardiovascular disease risk
National Institute on Aging
R03AG055869 (2017-2019)
Role: Principal Investigator

Selected Publications: 
  • Sin, N. L. (In press). The protective role of positive well-being in cardiovascular disease: Review of current evidence, mechanisms, and clinical implications. Current Cardiology Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s11886-016-0792-z
  • Sin, N. L., & Almeida, D. M. (Forthcoming). Daily positive experiences and health: Biobehavioral pathways and resilience to daily stress. In C. D. Ryff & R. F. Krueger (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Integrative Health Science. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Sin, N. L., Sloan, R. P., McKinley, P. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Linking daily stress processes and laboratory-based heart rate variability in a national sample of midlife and older adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(5), 573-582. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000306
  • Sin, N. L., Kumar, A. D., Gehi, A. K., & Whooley, M. A. (2016). Direction of association between depressive symptoms and lifestyle behaviors among patients with coronary heart disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50(4), 523-532.
    DOI: 10.1007/s12160-016-9777-9
  • Sin, N. L., Moskowitz, J. T., & Whooley, M. A. (2015). Positive affect and health behaviors across 5 years in patients with coronary heart disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Psychosomatic Medicine. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000238
  • Sin, N. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., Ong, A., D., & Almeida, D. M. (2015). Affective reactivity to daily stressors is associated with elevated inflammation. Health Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000240
  • Sin, N. L., Yaffe, K., & Whooley, M. A. (in press). Depressive symptoms, cardiac disease severity, and functional status among older patients with coronary heart disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Sin, N. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., & Almeida, D. M.  (in press). Daily positive events and inflammation: Findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2014.07.015
  • Jarvie, J. L., Regan, M. C., Whooley, M. A., Sin, N. L., & Cohen, B. E. (in press). Effect of physical activity level on inflammation and insulin resistance in outpatients with coronary heart disease across 5 years: Results from the Heart and Soul Study. American Journal of Cardiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2014.07.036
  • Wong, J. M., Sin, N. L., & Whooley, M. A. (2014). A comparison of Cook-Medley hostility subscales and mortality in patients with coronary heart disease: Data from the Heart and Soul Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(4), 311-317. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000059
  • Sin, N. L., & DiMatteo, M. R. (2014). Depression treatment enhances adherence to antiretroviral therapy: A meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 47(3), 259-269. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-013-9559-6
  • Eberhart, N. K., Sherbourne, C. D., Edelen, M. O., Stucky, B. D., Sin, N. L., & Lara, M. (2014). Development of a measure of asthma-specific quality of life among adults. Quality of Life Research, 23(3), 837-848. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-013-0510-x
  • Sin, N. L., Della Porta, M. D., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2011). Tailoring positive psychology interventions to treat depressed individuals. In Donaldson, S. I., Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Nakamura, J. (Eds.), Applied positive psychology: Improving everyday life, schools, work, health, and society. New York: Routledge.
  • Sin, N. L., Jacobs, K. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2011). House and happiness: A differential diagnosis. In L. L. Martin & T. Cascio (Eds.), House and psychology. New York: Wiley.
  • DiMatteo, M. R., & Sin, N. L. (2011). Family involvement in health care regimen. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of family health. New York: Sage.
  • Sin, N. L., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2009). Enhancing well-being and alleviating depressive symptoms with positive psychology interventions: A practice-friendly meta-analysis. Journal of clinical psychology: In session, 65(5), 467-487. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20593
  • Lyubomirsky, S., & Sin, N. L. (2009). Positive affectivity and interpersonal relationships. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships. New York: Sage.
Projects Joined: 
The Workplace Practices and Daily Family Well-Being Project
ESCAPE - Effects of Stress on Cognitive Aging, Physiology, and Emotion
MIDUS Refresher - Midlife in the United States
Strategic Themes: 

Domains of Health and Behavior
Human Development

Arrange Weight: 
Project Joined other: 
  • Inflammatory Mediators of Stress and Cognitive Aging