Kate Leger

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health, Society and Populations
012-I Kastle Hall
Research Interests:


B.A., Psychology, Carleton College, 2010
M.A., Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, 2015
Ph.D., Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, 2018
***I am accepting applications for new graduate students to start in Fall 2019***
Are you an undergraduate looking for research experience? I am accepting undergraduate research assistant applications for Spring 2019. Undergrads interested in working in the Emotion, Stress, and Health Lab should complete an application through the link on the lefthand side of this page.
My research examines how people’s emotional responses to stress impacts their physical health
across the adult life span. Specifically, I am interested in the effects of emotions that linger after
a stressor is over. I examine the impact of these emotional responses on health behaviors and
outcomes such as sleep, disease development, and physiological functioning. Additionally, I
investigate individual differences in emotional responses to daily stressors in an effort to identify
who is most vulnerable to the pernicious effects of stress. I use a multi-method approach, using
both naturalistic longitudinal designs and lab-based studies to assess physical health as a life-
long process that is influenced by a culmination of emotional experiences to daily events.
Selected Publications: 

Leger, K.A., Charles, S.T., & Almeida, D.M. (2018). Let it go: lingering negative affect in response to daily stressors can impact physical health years later. Psychological Science. Advanced Online Publication.

Charles, S.T., Mogle, J., Leger, K.A., & Almeida, D.M. (2017). Age and the factor structure of emotional experience in adulthood. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Advanced Online Publication.

Leger, K.A., Charles, S.T., Turiano, N. & Almeida, D.M. (2016). Personality and stressor-related affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,111, 917-928

Leger, K.A., Charles, S.T., Ayanian, J.Z., & Almeida, D.M. (2015). The associations of daily physical symptoms with future health. Social Science & Medicine, 143, 241-248.



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