Kate Leger

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health, Society and Populations
012-I Kastle Hall
859-257-6154
Research Interests:

Education:

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
 
 
Research:
 
 I will be accepting applications from new Ph.D. students for Fall 2020 admission. Interested applicants are encouraged to email me directly at kate.leger@uky.edu to learn more about ongoing work in the lab.
 
Are you an undergraduate looking for research experience? 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 daily stressors shape their long-term physical health
across the adult life span. I am particularily interested in the effects of emotions that linger after a stressor is over. My work examines potential biological (e.g. cardiovascular) and behavioral (e.g. sleep) pathways that link emotional responses to stress and health. Additionally, I investigate individual differences in emotional responses to daily stressors in an effort to identify who is most vulnerable to the negative effects of stress and identify interventions that promote healthy aging. 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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