Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology (Affiliate)
My research focuses on stress, coping, and resilience. I am interested in stress-related disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and how physical exercise as well as mindfulness exercises, such as yoga and meditation, can decrease arousal states over time. I am interested to explore the specific mechanisms through which these methods of coping may result in increased resilience among trauma-exposed populations. Past studies I have been a part of have included resilience trajectories among survivors of potentially traumatic experiences in a New York City hospital emergency room sample and resilience trajectories of United States veterans transitioning back to civilian life. I am currently the research assistant for a University of Connecticut and Yale Cancer Center collaborative pilot study on stress and resilience among cancer survivors nearing the end of treatment. This pilot study will test the feasibility of data collection, in particular determining the best means of cortisol collection (hair, nails, or saliva). I plan on continuing research on stress and resilience, utilizing cortisol and physiological reactivity as measures of stress.
B.A.- Assumption College, 2015; Major: Psychology; Minor: Peace and Conflict Studies
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017; Clinical Psychology, Concentration: Global Mental Health and Trauma
M.S./PhD- University of Connecticut, In progress; Clinical Psychology
Fulwiler, C., Brewer, J. A., Sinnott, S.M., & Loucks, E. B. (2015). Mindfulness-based interventions for weight loss and CVD risk management. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 9(10), 1-8.
Sinnott, S.M., Arenz, J., Sullivan, J., Shin, S.M., Galatzer-Levy, I. (2017). Interactions between Immunology and Cognition as Predictors of Psychopathology After a Potentially Traumatic Experience. Paper presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
Geraci, J., Angel, C., Lamade, R., Grier, S., Sinnott, S.M., Harris, R., & Bonanno, G. (2016). Military trauma, veteran transition stressors, alcohol and crime post-deployment: Better understanding their relationship and mitigating their negative consequences. Paper presented at the American Society for Criminology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Sinnott, S.M. (2015). Prevalence and perceptions of mindfulness and meditation in a college population. Paper presented at the Assumption College Undergraduate Research Symposium, Worcester, MA.
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