Brynn E. Sheehan, PhD
Assistant Professor and Assistant Director
Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute
Dr. Brynn Sheehan received her doctoral degree in Applied Experimental Psychology from Old Dominion University after receiving her M.S. in the same field and an M.A. in Justice from the University of New Hampshire. For five years, she conducted research in the Behavioral Alcohol and Related Studies laboratory at ODU where she studied the social and cognitive factors associated with substance use and aggression among young adults. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between stress, self-regulation, alcohol use, and aggression using a daily diary study.
Recently, Dr. Sheehan has conducted a number of social psychology studies examining the association between direct and indirect experiences with race- and gender-related violence on psychological adjustment and willingness to participate in social action. She has 8 years of experience in advanced methodological and statistical analytics, and a strong background in experimental and quasi-experimental design. Broadly, Dr. Sheehan’s research focuses on applied social and health psychology, expertise which she now applies to the healthcare research field. She hopes to continue to investigate substance use and maladaptive health behaviors with an aim to reduce health disparities in Hampton Roads.
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