Suzanne C. Segerstrom was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised and educated in Oregon. She received her bachelor’s degree with majors in Psychology and Music from Lewis and Clark College in 1990. Her Psychology Ph.D. was completed at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1997, where she majored in Clinical Psychology with minors in Health Psychology and Measurement and Psychometrics and did her clinical internship at Vancouver Hospital – University of British Columbia. Segerstrom was mentored in her doctoral work by the renowned health psychologist Shelley E. Taylor and also trained under Margaret E. Kemeny, George F. Solomon, and Michelle E. Craske. Her dissertation project, “Optimism is associated with mood, coping, and immune change in response to stress,” was the first to relate optimistic expectancies to immune change in healthy adults, received international attention, and was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychologyin...
KeywordsDispositional Optimism Goal Conflict Repetitive Thought Immune Change Positive Outcome Expectancy
- Segerstrom, S. C. (2006). Breaking Murphy’s law: How optimists get what they want from life and pessimists can too. New York: Guilford.Google Scholar
- Segerstrom, S.C., Boggero, I.A., & Evans, D.R. (in press). Pause and plan: The physiology of self-regulation. In R.F. Baumeister & K.D. Vohs (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.Google Scholar