Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Segerstrom, Suzanne

  • Lise Solberg Nes
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_341-1


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...


Dispositional Optimism Goal Conflict Repetitive Thought Immune Change Positive Outcome Expectancy 
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Selected Bibliography

  1. Carver, C. S., Scheier, M. F., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2010). Optimism. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 879–889.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. 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
  3. Segerstrom, S. C. (2010). Resources, stress and immunity: An ecological perspective on human psychoneuroimmunology. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 114–112.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Segerstrom, S. C., & Sephton, S. E. (2010). Optimistic expectancies and cell-mediated immunity: The role of positive affect. Psychological Science, 21(3), 448–455.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  5. Segerstrom, S. C., & Solberg Nes, L. (2007). Heart rate variability reflects self-regulatory strength, effort and fatigue. Psychological Science, 18(3), 275–281.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Segerstrom, S. C., Taylor, S. E., Kemeny, M. E., & Fahey, J. L. (1998). Optimism is associated with mood, coping, and immune change in response to stress. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(6), 1646–1655.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. Segerstrom, S. C., Roach, A. R., Evans, D. R., Schipper, L. J., & Darville, A. K. (2010). The structure and health correlates of trait repetitive thought in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 25, 505–515.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  8. 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
  9. Solberg Nes, L., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2006). Dispositional optimism and coping: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 235–251.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Solberg Nes, L., Roach, A. R., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2009). Executive functions, self-regulation, and chronic pain: A review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 173–183.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oslo University HospitalOsloNorway

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marion Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Alabama BirminghamBirminghamUSA