Faculty: Shook

Portrait of Professor Natalie Shook

Natalie J. Shook

Associate Professor

P: (860) 486-0913
F: (860) 486-0001

University of Connecticut
School of Nursing
Storrs Hall, Room 113B
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Curriculum Vitae.pdf

Research Interests

Social Psychology
Behavior and Well-being
Health Disparities

Selected Publications

(* graduate student advisee; † undergraduate student advisee)

Shook, N. J., *Sevi, B., *Lee, J., *Fitzgerald, H. N., & Oosterhoff, B. (2020). Disease avoidance in the time of COVID-19: The behavioral immune system is associated with concern and preventative health behaviors. PLoS ONE.

*McCluskey, D. L., *Haliwa, I., *Wilson, J., Keeley, J., & Shook, N. J. (2020). Experiential avoidance mediates the relation between mindfulness and anxiety. Current Psychology.

Shook, N. J., & Oosterhoff, B. (in press). Testing the effects of pathogen threat and sexual strategies on political ideology. Politics and the Life Sciences.

*Wilson, J. M., *Lee, J., *Fitzgerald, H. N., Oosterhoff, B., *Sevi, B., & Shook, N. J. (in press). Job insecurity and financial concern during the COVID-19 pandemic are associated with worse mental health. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

*Hood, K. B., Shook, N. J., Dunn, C., & Belgrave, F. (2020). The effect of affective versus cognitive persuasive messages on African American women's attitudes toward condom use. Psychology and Health.

Ruisch, B. C., Shook, N. J., & Fazio, R. H. (2020). Of unbiased beans and slanted stocks: Neutral stimuli reveal the fundamental relation between political ideology and exploratory behavior. British Journal of Psychology.

Oosterhoff, B., Palmer, C. A., *Wilson, J., & Shook, N. J. (2020). Adolescents’ motivations to engage in social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Associations with mental and social health. Journal of Adolescent Health, 67, 179-185.

*Fitzgerald, H. N., *Sevi, B., & Shook, N. J. (2020). Fraudulent health claims: Further consideration of the role of emotions. Social Science & Medicine, 259, 112979.

*Ford, C. G., *Wilson, J. M., †Altman, N., Strough, J., & Shook, N. J. (in press). Profiles of mindfulness across adulthood. Mindfulness.

Shook, N. J., *Fitzgerald, H., *Ford, C. G., *Hopkins, P. D., & *Silva, N. M. (2020). Sexism, racism, or nationalism: Factors associated with the 2016 U.S. presidential election results? PLoS ONE, 15, e0229432.

*Terrizzi, J. A., & Shook, N. J. (2020). On the origin of shame: Does shame emerge from an evolved disease-avoidance architecture? Frontiers Behavioral Neuroscience.

*Delaney, R. K., Strough, J., Shook, N. J., *Ford, C. G., & Lemaster, P. (2020). Don’t risk it. Older adults perceive fewer future opportunities and avoid social risk taking. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 

*Wilson, J., †Weiss, A., & Shook, N. J. (2020). Mindfulness, self-compassion, and savoring: Factors that explain the relation between perceived social support and well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 152.

Honors & Awards

Faculty Award for Distinction in Mentoring of Undergraduates in Research, 2017

Outstanding Service Award from the McNair Scholars Program, 2017

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award, 2015


2020-2025: Health Resources and Services Administration, Scholarships for Health Professions Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, $1,348,325 (role: Co-I).

2020-2021: UConn Brain Imaging Research Center, Seed Grant, Identifying Neural Pathways Implicated in Older Adults’ Emotional Well-being, $10,000 (role: PI).

2020-2021: National Science Foundation; Social Psychology Program, RAPID: Changes in Social Attitudes and Behavior in Response to COVID-19, $182,574 (role: PI).

2020: UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy; Rapid Response to Examine Social and Behavioral Implications of COVID-19, Predictors and Consequences of Preventative Health Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic, $5,000 (role: PI).