My research focuses on the connections between individuals’ close personal relationships and health. I am particularly interested in how married/cohabiting couples cope with and manage chronic health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and arthritis, that have significant daily management requirements. Much of my work investigates different ways in which spouses are involved in their chronically ill partner’s disease management (e.g., social support, social control, collaboration) and how this involvement may facilitate or hinder patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes. I am also interested in how managing chronic illness as a couple impacts each partner’s emotional well-being and the quality of their relationship. My research has investigated interpersonal processes in chronic disease management across a range of time scales, from the daily level to change over several months.
Most recently, I am involved in the development of a dyadic, web-based intervention to improve the health behaviors and communication skills of adults with chronic illness and their spouses or cohabiting family members.
- Ph.D., 2013, Experimental Psychology (Social/Health), Kent State University
- M.A., 2010, Experimental Psychology (Social/Health), Kent State University
- B.A., 2006, Psychology, University of Tennessee
- Hemphill, R. C., Stephens, M. A. P., Rook, K. S, Franks, M. M., & Salem, J. K. (2013). Older adults’ beliefs about the timeline of type 2 diabetes and adherence to dietary regimens. Psychology and Health, 28, 139-153.
- Stephens, M. A. P., Franks, M. M., Rook, K. S., Iida, M., Hemphill, R. C., & Salem, J. K. (2013). Spouses’ attempts to regulate day-to-day dietary adherence among patients with type 2 diabetes. Health Psychology, 32, 1029-1037.
- Franks, M. M., Hemphill, R. C., Seidel, A. J., Stephens, M. A. P., & Rook, K. S. (2012). Setbacks in diet adherence and emotional distress: A study of older patients with type 2 diabetes and their spouses. Aging & Mental Health, 16, 902-910.
- Domains of Health and Behavior
- Human Development
My research focuses on the links between work and family across the lifespan, particularly in mid and later life. I am particularly interested in how work-family conflict is associated with employees' and their family members’ time use and perceived time adequacy (i.e., feelings of having enough time) for daily activities and health behavior (e.g., sleep, and physical exercise). I am also interested in how daily stress impacts individuals’ physiological and health biomarkers, including stress hormones and cardiometabolic risk biomarkers.
- Ph.D., 2015, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
- M.S., 2011, Human Development and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
- B.A., 1999, Child Development, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Lee, S., & Lee, S. (2010). The quality of multiple roles and psychological health of employed mothers. Journal of Korea Association of Family Relations, 15(3), 67–90.
Lee, S., Almeida, D. M., Davis, K. D., King, R. B., Hammer, L. B., & Kelly, E. (2015). Latent profiles of time adequacy for paid-work, parenting, and partner roles. The Journal of Family Psychology, Advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0039433
Lee, S. & Almeida, D. M. (in press). Daily diary design. In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adulthood and aging. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. http://doi.org/ 10.1002/9781118521373
Almeida, D. M., Davis, K. D., Lee, S., & Lawson, K., Walter, K., & Moen, P. (in press). Supervisor support buffers daily psychological and physiological reactivity to work-to-family conflict. Journal of Marriage & Family.
Lee, S., Almeida, D. M., Neuendorf, C., Davis, K. D., & Lam, C. B. (revise & resubmit). Individual and organizational work-family spillover for hotel managers’ well-being. Journal of Managerial Psychology.
Lee, S., Davis, K. D., McHale, S. M., Kelly, E., Kossek, E., & O'Donnell, E. (revise & resubmit). Maternal evening and weekend work shifts and youths’ daily time use. Family Relations.
Buxton, O., Lee, S., Beverly, C., Berkman, L. F., Moen, P., Kelly, E., Hammer, L., & Almeida, D. M. (under review). Work-family conflict and sleep: Evidence from Information Technology employees.
- Daily stress
- Work and family
- Human development
My research focuses on factors that preserve or improve health and everyday functioning in older adulthood. I am particularly interested in physical and cognitive training to improve functional outcomes, as well as underlying mechanisms and measurement issues related to physical activity and everyday function. I have examined the relationship between daily physical activity and everyday cognitive performance among healthy older adults, and more recently explored the associations between changes in physical function and changes in driving patterns across time. Secondarily, I am interested in program design, delivery, and promotion methods that influence adoption and adherence to training, both in research and real-world populations. My goal is to apply this work to enhance the well-being of older adults through maintaining functional independence and the continued ability to engage in meaningful activities.
- Ph.D., 2013, Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
- M.S.S., 2011, Fitness Management, United States Sports Academy, Daphne, AL
- B.S., Human Nutrition and Foods, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
- Phillips, C. B., Sprague, B. N., Freed, S. A., & Ross, L. A. (revise & resubmit). Longitudinal associations between changes in physical function and driving mobility trajectories among older adults.
- Ross, L. A., Freed, S. A., Phillips, C. B., Edwards, J. D., & Ball, K. K. (under review). The impact of three cognitive training programs on driving cessation across ten years
- Phillips, C. B., Edwards, J. D., Andel, R., & Kilpatrick, M. (in press). Daily physical activity and cognitive function variability in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
- Edwards, J. D., Ruva, C. L., O’Brien, J. L, Haley, C. B., & Lister, J. J. (2013). An examination of mediators of the transfer of cognitive speed of processing training to everyday functional performance. Psychology and Aging, 28(2), 314-321. doi: 10.1037/a0030474
- Young, T. L., Granic, A., Chen, T. Y., Haley, C. B., & Edwards, J. D. (2010). Everyday reasoning abilities in persons with Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 25(26), 2756-2761. doi: 10.1002/mds.23379
- Haley, C. & Andel, R. (2010). Correlates of physical activity participation in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 18, 375-389. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2015.01.042
- Brown, L. M., Haley, C., & Bryant, C. (2012). The role of social marketing in developing disaster behavioral health programs. In J. L. Framingham & M. L. Teasley (Eds.), Behavioral health response to disasters. (pp. 371-388). Boca Raton, Florida: Taylor & Francis Group
Physical and Cognitive Training
My research is centered on physiological and behavioral pathways that link psychosocial well-being to health across adulthood. I have examined the influences of positive emotions and depression on subsequent health behaviors, functional status, and cellular aging among patients with chronic conditions, particularly coronary heart disease. My recent work focuses on experiences in everyday life—both positive and stressful—as protective or risk factors for cardiovascular disease processes (e.g., inflammation). This research can inform the development of novel strategies to enhance both mental and physical well-being and to promote healthy aging.
- 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
- 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.
Domains of Health and Behavior
- Inflammatory Mediators of Stress and Cognitive Aging