Dr. Nancy L. Sin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health psychology, in addition to serving as a mentor for undergraduate, MA, and PhD students. She is actively involved in service to the profession, including serving on the Executive Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Division on Adult Development and Aging (Div. 20) and giving lectures on healthy aging to academic and general audiences. Her work has been supported by grants as PI or Co-I from the U.S. National Institute on Aging and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Dr. Sin’s research focuses on biological and behavioural pathways linking daily well-being and stress to health. Her work has shown that emotional responses to daily stressors are associated with inflammatory, neuroendocrine, and autonomic mechanisms that are implicated in the development of aging-related conditions, including cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sin is particularly interested in daily positive events as protective factors for stress processes and health. The ultimate goal of this research is to contribute towards the development of strategies for promoting psychological and physical well-being across the adult lifespan.
Research interests include:
- Biological and behavioural pathways linking daily experiences to long-term health and aging
- Day-to-day dynamics of psychosocial well-being and health behaviors
- Daily positive experiences in the context of stress, depression, and social inequality
- Biopsychosocial determinants of risk and outcomes for cardiovascular disease
Graham-Engeland, J. E., Sin, N. L., Smyth, J. M., Jones, D., Knight, E. L., Sliwinski, M. J., Almeida, D. M., Katz, M. J., Lipton, R. B., & Engeland, C.G. (in press). Negative and positive affect as predictors of inflammation: Timing matters. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2018.09.011
Hill, P. L., Sin, N. L., Turiano, N. A., Burrow, A. L., & Almeida, D. M. (2018). Sense of purpose moderates the associations between daily stressors and daily well-being. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, 724-729. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kax039
Otto, L., Sin, N. L., Almeida, D. M., & Sloan, R. P. (2018). Trait emotion regulation strategies and diurnal cortisol profiles in healthy adults. Health Psychology, 37, 301-305. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000564
Sin, N. L., & Almeida, D. M. (2018). Daily positive experiences and health: Biobehavioral pathways and resilience to daily stress. In C. D. Ryff & R. F. Krueger (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Integrative Health Science. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ong, A. D., Sin, N. L., & Ram, N. (2018). Distinguishing between fragile and enduring positive affect: Implications for health and well-being in midlife. In C. D. Ryff & R. F. Krueger (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Integrative Health Science. New York: Oxford University Press.
Sin, N. L., Ong, A. D., Stawski, R. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2017). Daily positive events and diurnal cortisol rhythms: Examination of between-person differences and within-person variation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 83, 91-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.06.001
Sin, N. L., Almeida, D. M., Crain, T. L., Kossek, E. E., Berkman, L. F., & Buxton, O. M. (2017). Bidirectional, temporal associations of sleep with positive events, emotions, and stressors in daily life across a week. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51(3), 402-415. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-016-9864-y
Sin, N. L. (2016). The protective role of positive well-being in cardiovascular disease: Review of current evidence, mechanisms, and clinical implications. Current Cardiology Reports, 18(11), 106. DOI: 10.1007/s11886-016-0792-z
Sin, N. L., Sloan, R. P., McKinley, P. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Linking daily stress processes and laboratory-based heart rate variability in a national sample of midlife and older adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(5), 573-582. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000306
Sin, N. L., Kumar, A. D., Gehi, A. K., & Whooley, M. A. (2016). Direction of association between depressive symptoms and lifestyle behaviors among patients with coronary heart disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50(4), 523-532. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-016-9777-9
Sin, N. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., Ong, A., D., & Almeida, D. M. (2015). Affective reactivity to daily stressors is associated with elevated inflammation. Health Psychology, 34(12), 1154-1165. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000240
Sin, N. L., Moskowitz, J. T., & Whooley, M. A. (2015). Positive affect and health behaviors across 5 years in patients with coronary heart disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(9), 1058-1066. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000238
Sin, N. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., & Almeida, D. M. (2015). Daily positive events and inflammation: Findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 43, 130-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2014.07.015
Sin, N. L., Yaffe, K., & Whooley, M. A. (2015). Depressive symptoms, cardiovascular disease severity, and functional status in older adults with coronary heart disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(1), 8-15. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13188
Jarvie, J. L., Whooley, M. A., Regan, M. C., Sin, N. L., & Cohen, B. E. (2014). Effect of physical activity level on biomarkers of inflammation and insulin resistance over 5 years in outpatients with coronary heart disease (from the Heart and Soul Study). American Journal of Cardiology, 114(8), 1192-1197. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2014.07.036
Sin, N. L., & DiMatteo, M. R. (2014). Depression treatment enhances adherence to antiretroviral therapy: A meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 47(3), 259-269. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-013-9559-6
Wong, J. M., Sin, N. L., & Whooley, M. A. (2014). A comparison of Cook-Medley hostility subscales and mortality in patients with coronary heart disease: Data from the Heart and Soul Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(4), 311-317. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000059
Eberhart, N. K., Sherbourne, C. D., Edelen, M. O., Stucky, B. D., Sin, N. L., & Lara, M. (2014). Development of a measure of asthma-specific quality of life among adults. Quality of Life Research, 23(3), 837-848. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-013-0510-x
Sin, N. L., Della Porta, M. D., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2011). Tailoring positive psychology interventions to treat depressed individuals. In Donaldson, S. I., Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Nakamura, J. (Eds.), Applied positive psychology: Improving everyday life, schools, work, health, and society. New York: Routledge.
Sin, N. L., Jacobs, K. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2011). House and happiness: A differential diagnosis. In L. L. Martin & T. Cascio (Eds.), House and psychology. New York: Wiley.
DiMatteo, M. R., & Sin, N. L. (2011). Family involvement in health care regimen. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of family health. New York: Sage.
Sin, N. L., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2009). Enhancing well-being and alleviating depressive symptoms with positive psychology interventions: A practice-friendly meta-analysis. Journal of clinical psychology: In session, 65(5), 467-487. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20593. Reprinted in: F. Huppert & A. Linley (Eds.), Happiness and well-being: Critical concepts in psychology. New York: Routledge.
Lyubomirsky, S., & Sin, N. L. (2009). Positive affectivity and interpersonal relationships. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships. New York: Sage.
- Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging, Division 20 of the American Psychological Association (2019)
Currently accepting graduate students.