Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology - PLV
I'm a clinical psychologist who became a research psychologist. I try to understand the very things clinicians are interested in–trauma, loss, the role of social processes in our responses to both--but from an empirical perspective.
PhD , Columbia University , 2004
MS , Columbia University , 1999
M.Phil , Columbia University , 1999
BA , Hunter College, City University of New York , 1995
Awards and Honors
- APA, Division 22, 2011 - Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence (awarded to the best paper published in Psychological Rehabilitation)
- National Institutes of Health, 2011 - Loan Repayment Grant Program (renewal)
- National Institutes of Health, 2009 - Loan Repayment Grant Program
Mancini, A. D. (2015). Are positive appraisals always adaptive?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Mancini, A. D., Littleton, H. L. & Grils, A. E. (2015). Can people benefit from acute stress? Social support, psychological improvement, and resilience after the Virginia Tech campus shootings. Clinical Psychological Science.
Mancini, A. D., Sinan, B. & Bonanno, G. A. (2015). Predictors of prolonged grief, resilience, and recovery among bereaved spouses. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Vol 71 (Issue 12) , pages 1245-1258.
Mancini, A. D., Beyza, S. & Bonanno, G. A. (2014). A brief retrospective method for identifying longitudinal trajectories of adjustment following acute stress. Assessment. , pages 1-12.
Denckla, C. A., Bornstein, R. F., Mancini, A. D. & Bonanno, G. A. (2014). Disambiguating dependency and attachment among conjugally bereaved adults. Journal of Loss and Trauma. , pages 1-16.
Denckla, C. A., Bornstein, R. F., Mancini, A. D. & Bonanno, G. A. (2014). Extending the nomological net of dependency, coping, and health outcomes for conjugally bereaved adults using a multi-method approach. Assessment. , pages 1-9.
Mancini, A. D.
Resilience and other reactions to military deployment: The complex task of identifying distinct adjustment trajectories.
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
, pages e956-957.
Westphal, M., Bonanno, G. & Mancini, A. D. (2014, February 1). Attachment and attentional biases for facial expressions of disgust. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Vol 33 (Issue 2) , pages 149-166. http://guilfordjournals.com/loi/jscp
Three primary inter-related questions have guided my research thus far: 1) What are the varieties of people's reactions to acute stress? 2) Why does one person manage the storms of acute stress, while another struggles and, in some cases, succumbs to posttraumatic stress disorder or prolonged grief? 3) Why, in some cases, does acute stress stimulate psychological improvement among people who were struggling? To answer these questions, I have done a lot of work on longitudinal datasets in an effort to identify underlying stress response patterns and factors that predict them. I am currently interested in using experimental designs that focus on underlying mechanisms. Toward this end, I am developing analog stress paradigms for the lab, examining the distinction between group and individual exposure, and exploring the role that social factors play in coping with stress and even transcending it.