Faculty Profile: Lori Scott-Sheldon, PhD

Lori Scott-Sheldon
Lori Scott-Sheldon, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior(research)
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-863-1000


Lori A. J. Scott-Sheldon is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and a Research Associate in the Centers for Prevention and Behavioral Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. She received her PhD in Social Psychology, specializing in health psychology and quantitative methods, from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Prior to Brown, Dr. Scott-Sheldon was a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Health and Behavior at Syracuse University. Her primary research interests include attitudinal, social-cognitive, and evaluation aspects of health behavior and behavior change. Her research explores the highly interrelated themes of (1) examining or evaluating the conditions under which people adopt or continue risky health behavior, (2) contextualizing health messages to promote attitude and behavior change, and (3) social cognitive processes related to health behaviors. Dr. Scott-Sheldon also has interests in quantitative methods, specifically meta-analytic technique and practice.

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

Selected Publications

  • Carey, M.P., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Senn, T.E., & Carey, K. B. (in press). Attitudes toward sexual partner concurrency: Development and evaluation of a brief, self-report measure for field research. AIDS & Behavior. (2013)
  • 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. (in press). Does Perceived Life Stress Mediate the Association between HIV Serostatus and Alcohol Use? Evidence from Adults Living in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Care. (2013)
  • 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. (2012)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Siegers, 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. (2012)
  • 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. (2012)
  • 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. (2012)
  • Walsh, J., Senn, T. E., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Vanable, P. A., & Carey, M. P. (2011). Predicting condom use using the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) model: A multivariate latent growth curve analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 235-244. (2011)
  • Senn, T. E., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Seward, D. X., Wright, E. M., & Carey, M. P. (2011). Sexual partner concurrency of urban male and female STD clinic patients: A qualitative study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 775-784. (2011)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, M. P., Carey, K. B., Cain, D., Kalichman, S. C., Simbayi, L. C., Mthemb, J., & Vermaak, R. (2011). Impact of HIV testing on sexual health communication in South Africa. Sexual Transmitted Infections, 87, 242-247. (2011)
  • Johnson, B. T., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Huedo-Medina, T. B., & Carey, M. P. (2011). Interventions to reduce sexual risk for HIV in adolescents, 1985-2008: An updated meta-analysis. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 165, 77-84. (2011)
  • Elliott, J. C., Carey, K. B., & Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J. (2011). Development of a decisional balance scale for young adult marijuana use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 90-100. (2011)
  • Carey, K. B., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, M. P., Cain, D., Mlobeli, R., Vermaak, R., Mthembu, J., Simbayi, L. C., & Kalichman, S. C. (2011). Community norms for HIV risk behaviors among men in a South African township. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34, 32-40. (2011)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Warren, M. R., Johnson, B. T., & Carey, M. P. (2011). Efficacy of behavioral interventions to increase condom use and reduce incident sexually transmitted infections: A meta-analytic review, 1991 to 2010. JAIDS, 58, 489-498. (2011)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Fielder, R. L., & Carey, M. P. (2010). Sexual Risk Reduction Interventions for Patients Attending Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics in the United States: A Meta-Analytic Review, 1986 to Early 2009. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 191-204. (2010)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, M.P., Vanable, P.A., Senn, T.E., Coury-Doniger, P., & Urban, M.A. (2010). Predicting condom use among STD clinic patients using the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) Model. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 1093-1102. (2010)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, M. P., Vanable, P. A., & Senn, T. E. (2010). Subjective life expectancy and health behaviors among STD clinic patients. American Journal of Health Behavior, 34, 349-361. (2010)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, M.P., Senn, T.E., & Vanable, P.A. (2010). Smoking Behavior among low-income African-American adults: Patterns and correlates of smoking trajectories. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12, 1019-1028. (2010)
  • Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, M. P., & Carey, K. B. (2010). Alcohol and risky sexual behavior among heavy drinking college students. AIDS and Behavior, 14, 845-853. (2010)
  • Johnson, B. T., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, M. P. (2010). Meta-synthesis of health behavior change meta-analyses American Journal of Public Health, 100, 2193-2198. (2010)