Jason Seacat


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


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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.

Courses Taught

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

Scholarly Works

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