Jason D. Seacat
Associate Professor of Psychology

General Information
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology

Contact Information
Office: 157 CSP
Phone: 413-796-2258
Campus Box #: H-5103

B.S., Michigan State University
M.S., Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D., Kent State University

Curriculum Vitae
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Areas of Interest
Social Stigma
Dr. Seacat's major program of research explores the interplay of negative social stereotypes, stigmatization and personal health behaviors. As a social-health Psychologist, Dr. Seacat primarily seeks to understand how social interactions may impact the health behaviors and outcomes of stigmatized individuals. Additionally, Dr. Seacat actively collaborates with researchers on issues pertaining to diet-related decision making and the consequences of mental illness stigma on treatment-seeking behavior.
Environmental Conservation
Dr. Seacat also maintains an ongoing program of research examining psychosocial predictors of pro-environmental behavior. Dr. Seacat's current work examines the role of community-level factors in promoting recycling behaviors throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Additional Information

Courses Taught 

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Advanced Social Research Methods
  • History of Psychology and Personality Theory

Journal Articles
Dillon, K., Seacat, J., Saucier, C. & Doyle-Campbell, C. (2015). Could blood pressure phobia go beyond the white coat effect?. American Journal of Hypertension
Sickel, A. E., Seacat, J. D. & Nabors, N.A. (2014, December). Mental health stigma update: A review of consequences. Advances in Mental Health ,12, 202-215.
Seacat, J.D., Dougal, S.D. & Roy, D. (2014, March). A Daily Diary Assessment of Female Weight Stigmatization. Journal of Health Psychology
Carlson, J.H. & Seacat, J.D. (2014). Multiple Threat: Overweight/Obese Women in the Workplace. Industrial and Organizational Psychology ,7, 482-487.
Seacat, J.D. & Hirschman, R.D. (2011). Attributions and Expectancies about People Living with HIV/AIDS: Implications for Stereotyping. Current Research in Social Psychology ,17
Seacat, J.D. & Northrup, D.N. (2010). An information-motivation-behavioral skills assessment of curbside recycling behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology
Seacat, J.D. & Mickelson, K.D. (2009). Stereotype Threat and the Exercise/Dietary Health Intentions of Overweight Women. Journal of Health Psychology ,14, 556-567.
Daniels, A.S., Seacat, J.D., & Inglehart, M.R. (2009). Orthodontic Treatment Motivation and Cooperation - A Cross Sectional Analysis of Adolescent Patients' and Parents' Responses. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics ,136, 780-787.
Seacat, J.D., Litt, M.K., & Daniels, A.S. (2009). Dental Students Treating Patients Living with HIV/AIDS: The Influence of Attitudes and HIV Knowledge. Journal of Dental Education ,73, 437-444.
Seacat, J.D., Hirschman, R.D., & Mickelson, K.D. (2007). Attributions of HIV onset-controllability, emotional reactions and helping intentions: The implicit effect of victim sexual orientation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Seacat, J.D. & Inglehart, M.R. (2003). Education about treating patients with HIV Infections/AIDS: The student perspective. Journal of Dental Education
Nabors, N., Seacat, J., Rosenthal, M. (2002). Predictors of caregiver burden following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury ,12, 1039-1050.
Conference Proceedings
Dougal, S. & Seacat, J.D. (2011). Internalized Stigma Experiences of Overweight Women. Eastern Psychological Association., Cambridge, MA
Sickel, A.E., Seacat, J.D., & Nabors, N.A. (2010, April). Mental Health Stigma and Treatment Seeking Behavior. Western Association of Social Sciences, Reno, Nevada
Slyne, K. Purnhagen, A., Seacat, J.D., & Northrup, D.N. (2009). Predictors of curbside recycling behavior. Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
Seacat, J.D. & Mickelson, K.D. (2008, March). Stereotype Threat and Implications for Exercise/Dietary Health Behavior. Eastern Psychological Association Boston, MA
Seacat, J.D., Shields, C. Marzullo, M. (2007, June). Power and Stigma in the LGBT Community. Crossroads II: Community-Based Collaborative Research for Social Justice Institute for Community Research, Hartford, CT
Inglehart, M., Boyd, S. & Seacat, J. (2007). Treating Patients with HIV/AIDS: Nursing versus Dental and Dental Hygiene Student's Perspectives. American Dental Education Association, New Orleans, LA


Social Psychology Network (Comprehensive Resource for the field of Social Psychology)

Understanding Prejudice (Comprehensive Resource on the Social Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination)

Media coverage of weight stigma research (New York Magazine Coverage of Dr. Seacat's research)

Research Gate Profile (Professor Seacat's profile on Research Gate)