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KATHERINE L FIORI

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

PSYCHOLOGY

BLODGETT HALL
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Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D., University of Michigan (2006)
B.S., Duke University (2000)

Recent Courses

Doctoral Thesis Supervision I
Doctoral Thesis Supervision III
Psychological Research I

Personal Statement

As a lifespan developmental psychologist, I am trained to be mindful of the "big picture." I consider not only the current contexts in which individuals live, but also the past and the broader cultural and historical factors that shape people's lives. My commitment to understanding this "bigger picture" is reflected in my teaching in a variety of ways. At the most basic, course-specific level, I want my students to understand how the different components of a single course only make sense in light of the course as a whole. To meet this teaching goal, I make a concerted effort in my classes to connect chapters, lectures, and assignments. At the content-specific level, I want my students to understand the big picture of psychology. In order to help them achieve this goal, I encourage them to interpret real-life experiences through the lens of psychology. At the most abstract but what I view as the most important level, I want my students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In addition to learning goals, I place great importance on my relationship with my students and their relationships with each other. Psychology, of all disciplines, should be taught with the whole person in mind. To this end, I strive to get to know my students as individuals with unique life stories, motivations, and goals. By being enthusiastic, open-minded, friendly, and humorous, I create a warm, open, and safe environment both in my classroom and outside of it. Such an environment allows students to freely communicate, feel respected, take intellectual risks, and safely question their assumptions. Although not all of my students will pursue a career in psychology, I hope that for all of them the skills developed, the relationships created, and the assumptions questioned in my classes become integral parts of their lives.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Developmental Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Psychological Statistics, Research Methods

Research Interests

I am interested in the mental and physical health of young, middle-aged, and older adults, especially as a function of social relations and social networks. My research focuses on changes in social relationships and social networks across important life transitions, such as starting college and retirement, as well as on individual differences in the effects of social relations on health (e.g., gender and personality differences). I am also interested in and have conducted research on related issues, such as interpersonal dependency, attachment, emotions, marriage and divorce, religion, and spirituality. I am actively conducting research on many of these topics, using large publicly-available data sets as well as my own longitudinal data collected from over 300 first-year college students. In addition, I collaborate with colleagues in the tri-state area, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand on a variety of projects focused on social relations and aging.

I am also interested in the adaptive versus maladaptive nature of expressive behavior (in particular, crying), which is germane to social relations, and I have collected pilot data on this topic. I have recently begun a project with Dr. Mark Hilsenroth on the nature of crying in psychotherapy, and am collaborating with researchers in the Netherlands to explore the issue of crying in a large, nationally-representative Dutch data set. I am planning on further data collection in this area, including a proposed study to experimentally examine the effects of interpersonal dependency and the presence of others on crying.

I am open to working with students who have an interest in any of these (or related) areas. I am particularly interested in working with students who would like experience in analyzing data and publishing research.

Grants/Sponsored Research

2012-2013 Faculty Development Grant, $3,000
"Expressive Emotions and Personality"

2010-2011 Faculty Development Grant, $2,500
"Changes in Social Networks across the Transition to College: Physical, Psychological, and Academic Outcomes"

2008-2009 Wisconsin Longitudinal Pilot Grant, $10,000
"Social Exchange Networks and Health across the Lifespan: A Longitudinal, Pattern-centered Approach"

Book Chapters

Antonucci, T. C., Fiori, K. L., Birditt, K., & Jackey, L. M. H. (2010). Convoys of Social Relations: Integrating Life Span and Life Course Perspectives. In A.F. Freund, M.L. Lamb, & R.M. Lerner (Eds.). Handbook of Lifespan Development. (pp. 434-473). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Antonucci, T. C., Fiori, K. L., & Brown, E. E. (2006). ). Religion and spirituality at the end of life: A lifespan approach. In E. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Spiritual and Religious Development in Childhood and Adolescence. (pp. 141-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Refereed Articles

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Denckla, C. A., Fiori, K. L., Vingerhoets, A. J. J. M. (2014), Development of the Crying Proneness Scale: Associations among crying proneness, empathy, attachment, and age. Journal of Personality Assessment.

Capps, K. L., Fiori, K. L., Mullin, A. S. J., & Hilsenroth, M. J. (2013), Patient crying in psychotherapy: Who cries, and why? Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Smith, S. W., Hilsenroth, M. J., Fiori, K. L., & Bornstein, R. F. (2014), Relationship between SWAP-200 patient personality characteristics and patient-rated alliance early in treatment. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202, 372-378.

Sanders, A., Szymanski, K., & Fiori, K. L. (2013), The family roles of siblings of people diagnosed with a mental disorder: Heroes and lost children. International Journal of Psychology.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., Denckla, C. A., & Vingerhoets, A. J. J. M. (2013), Crying in context: Assocations with interpersonal dependency and social networks. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 7, 44-62.

Fiori, K. L., & Consedine, N. S. (2013), Positive and negative social exchanges and mental health across the transition to college: Loneliness as a mediator. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 921-942.

Fiori, K. L., Windsor, T. D., Pearson, E. L., & Crisp, D. A. (2013), Can positive social exchanges buffer the detrimental effects of negative social exchanges?: Age and gender differences. Gerontology, 59, 40-52.

Consedine, N. S., Fiori, K. L., Tuck, N. L. & Merz, E.-M. (2013), Attachment, activity limitation, and health symtpoms in later life: The mediating roles of positive and negative affect and emotion regulation. Journal of Aging and Health, 25, 56-79.

Consedine, N. S., Tuck, N. L., & Fiori, K. L. (2013), Attachment and healthcare utilization among middle-aged and older African-descent men: Dismissiveness predicts less frequent digital rectal examination and prostate specific antigen screening. American Journal of Men's Health, 7, 382-393.

Conway, F., Magai, C., Jones, S., Fiori, K. L., & Gillespie, M. (2013), A six-year follow-up study of social network changes among African American, Caribbean, and US-born Caucasian urban older adults. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76, 1-27.

Huxhold, O., Fiori, K. L., & Windsor, T. (2012), The dynamic interplay of social network characteristics, subjective well-being, and health: The costs and benefits of socio-emotional selectivity. Psychology and Aging, online first.

Consedine, N. S., Fiori, K. L., & Magai, C. (2012), Regulating emotion expression and regulating emotion experience: Divergent associations with dimensions of attachment among older women. Attachment and Human Development, 16, 477-500.

Fiori, K. L. & Denckla, C. A. (2012), Social support and mental health in middle-aged men and women: A multidimensional approach. Journal of Aging and Health, 24, 407-438.

Fiori, K. L., & Jager, J. (2012), Social support networks and health across the lifespan: A longitudinal, pattern-centered approach. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36, 117-129.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. , & Merz, E.-M. (2011), Attachment, social network size, and patterns of social exchange in later life. Research on Aging, 33, 465-493.

Marini, C. M, & Fiori, K. L. (2011, Winter), Work-family spillover interactions and psychological distress. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 16, 180-187.

Windsor, T. D., Fiori, K. L., & Crisp, D. A. (2011), Personal and neighborhood resources, future time perspective, and social relations in middle- and older-adulthood. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 67, 423-431.

Consedine, N. S. & Fiori, K. L. (2009), Gender moderates the associations between attachment and discrete emotions in later life. Aging & Mental Health, 13, 847 - 862.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., & Magai, C. (2009), Late life attachment in context: Patterns of relating among men and women from seven ethnic groups. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 24, 121-141..

Magai, C., Consedine, N. S., Fiori, K. L., & King, A. (2009), Sharing the good, sharing the bad: The benefits of emotional self-disclosure among middle-aged and older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 12, 286-313.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., & Magai, C. (2008), The adaptive and maladaptive faces of dependency in later life: Links to physical and psychological health outcomes. Aging & Mental Health, 12, 700-712.

Fiori, K. L., Antonucci, T. C., & Akiyama, H. (2008), Profiles of social relations among older adults: A cross-cultural approach. Ageing and Society, 28, 203-231.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., & Magai, C. (2008), Ethnic differences in patterns of social exchange among older adults: The role of resource context. Ageing and Society, 28, 495-524.

Fiori, K. L., Smith, J., & Antonucci, T. C. (2007), Social network types among older adults: A multidimensional approach. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 62B, P322-P330.

Keller-Cohen, D., Fiori, K. L., Toler, A., & Bybee, D. (2006), Social relations and communication in the elderly. Ageing and Society, 26, 585-605.

Fiori, K. L., Brown, E. E., Cortina, K. S., & Antonucci, T. C. (2006), Locus of control as a mediator of the relationship between religiosity and life satisfaction: Age, race, and gender differences. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 9, 239-263.

Fiori, K. L., McIlvane, J., Brown, E. E., & Antonucci, T. C. (2006), Social relations and depressive symptomatology: Self-efficacy as a mediator. Aging and Mental Health, 10, 227-239.

Fiori, K. L., Antonucci, T. C., & Cortina, K. S. (2006), Social network typologies and mental health among older adults. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 61B, P25-P32.

Fiori, K. L., Hays, J., & Meador, K. (2004), Spiritual turning points and perceived control over the life course. International Journal of AGing and Human Development, 59, 391-420.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

Fiori, K. L. (2012, May). Social networks across the lifespan: A LIFE perspective. 2012 Spring Academy of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course, Berlin, Germany.

Fiori, K. L. (2010, August). Social support networks and health across the lifespan. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Fiori, K. L. (2009, August). My Fulbright experience: Paving the way towards understanding mechanisms and engaging in international collaborations. 2009 Annual Convention for the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Buthmann, J., & Fiori, K. L. (2013). Attachment style moderates the association between relationship status change and mental health. In Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Washington, D.C..

Singer, J., & Fiori, K. L. (2013). The interplay of physical and emotional dependency in older adults. In Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association. Reno, NV.

Fiori, K. L., Brown, E., Birditt, K. S., & Orbuch, T. (2012). Does personality matter?: Race differences in interactions between spousal personality traits predicting marital well-being 16 years later. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. San Diego, CA.

Fiori, K. L., Birditt, K. S., Brown, E., & Orbuch, T. (2012). Social network typologies of black and white married couples: Implications for positive and negative marital quality. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. San Diego, CA.

Marini, C., & Fiori, K. L. (2012). Work-family spillover and psychological distress in women: A perseon-centered approach. In Inaugural Meeting of the Work and Family Researchers Network. New York City, NY.

Capps, K., Fiori, K. L., Mullin, A., & Hilsenroth, M. (2012). Relationship between in-session patient crying behavior and therapeutic interventions. In 43rd International Meeting of Psychotherpay Research. Virginia Beach, VA.

Fasone, C. A., & Fiori, K. L. (2012). The stress buffering theory of social supprt in the college setting. In Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.

Denckla, C. A., Fiori, K. L., & Vingerhoets, A. D. (2012). Association among crying, empathy, and age: The crying proneness index. In 2012 Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) Emotion Conference. University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Fiori, K. L., & Denckla, C. A. (2012). ). Crying and attachment style: The role of romantic relationships. In 2012 Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) Emotion Conference. University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Kornobis, B. P., & Fiori, K. L. (2012). Examining the mechanisms of mindfulness in a stress reduction workshop with college students. In Meeting of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Ogden, UT.

Fiori, K. L., Windsor, T. D., & Crisp, D. A. (2011). Can positive social exchanges buffer the negative effects of negative social exchanges?: Age and gender differences. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Boston, MA.

Fiori, K. L., & Denckla, C. A. (2011). Social support and mental health in middle-aged men and women: A multidimensional approach. In Society for the Study of Human Development Biennial Meeting. Providence, RI.

Fiori, K. L., & Denckla, C. A. (2011). Crying in context: The influence of interpersonal dependency and social networks. In Fifth International Conference on The (Non)Expression of Emotions in Health and Disease. Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Fiori, K. L. (2011). Positive and Negative Social Exchanges and Mental Health across the Transition to College. In Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C..

Graziano, B. J., Curtis, R. C., Heinowitz, A. E. & Fiori, K. L. (2011). Personality and political extremism. In Annual Convention for the Association of Psychological Science. Washington, D. C..

Marini, C. M., & Fiori, K. L. (2011). Attachment style and well-being in first-year students: To commute or not to commute. In Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Cambridge, MA.

Fiori, K. L., & Consedine, N. S. (2010). Gender moderates the associations between attachment and discrete emotions in late middle age and later life. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA.

Fiori, K. L., Chung, W.-J., & Consedine, N. S. (2010). The Adaptive and Maladaptive Faces of Dependency in Later Life: Links to Physical and Psychological Health Outcomes. In Annual Convention for the Association of Psychological Science. Boston, MA.

Fiori, K. L., Denckla, C., & Kaufmann, C. (2010). Social Support and mental health in middle-aged adults: Gender moderation. In Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Brooklyn, NY.

Fiori, K. L., & Jager, J. (2009). Social Support Networks and Health across the Lifespan: A Longitudinal, Pattern-centered Approach. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Atlanta, GA.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., & Magai, C. (2008). Late life attachment in context: Patterns of relating among men and women from seven ethnic groups. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. National Harbor, MD.

Consedine, N. S., Fiori, K. L., & Magai, C. (2008). Gender, attachment, and emotion in later life: patterns of relating are more closely linked to emotional experience among older men. In Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging (New York). Saratoga Springs, NY.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., & Magai, C. (2008). The adaptive and maladaptive faces of relating to others in later life: Links to physical and psychological outcomes. In Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. W├╝rzburg, Germany.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., & Magai, C. (2007). Ethnic differences in patterns of social exchange among older adults: The role of resource context. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. San Francisco, CA.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., Magai, C., & King, A. (2007). Sharing the good, sharing the bad: Gender and ethnicity moderate the benefits of positive and negative self-disclosure among middle-aged and older adults. In Fourth International Conference on the (Non)Expression of Emotions in Health and Disease. Tilburg, Netherlands.

Fiori, K. L., Consedine, N. S., & Magai, C. (2007). Ethnic differences in patterns of social exchange among older adults: The role of resource context. In LIFE Spring Academy. Berlin, Germany.

Fiori, K. L., & Antonucci, T. C. (2006). Social relations and heath among older adults: A network typology approach. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Dallas, TX.

Fiori, K. L., Birditt, K., & Antonucci, T. C. (2006). Social integration and health: Understanding micro-level mechanisms in a lifespan context. In Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. New Orleans, LA.

Fiori, K. L., Smith, J., & Antonucci, T. C. (2005). Social contacts and loneliness among older adults: A typology. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL.

Fiori, K. L., & Antonucci, T. C. (2005). Social relations and health among the elderly: A cross-cultural and pattern-centered approach. In Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development. Asilomar, CA.

Fiori, K. L., Smith, J., & Antonucci, T. C. (2005). Social relations among the elderly: A person-centered approach. In Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D. C..

Keller-Cohen, D., Toler, A., Miller, D., Fiori, K. L., & Bybee, D. (2004). Relating social contact and communicative competence in the oldest old. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Washington, D. C..

Fiori, K. L., & Antonucci, T. C. (2004). Network typologies and depression among older adults: A replication. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Washington, D. C..

Keller-Cohen, D., Miller, D. L., & Fiori, K. L. (2004). Social engagement and communicative skills in the oldest old. In Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Associatio. Honolulu, HI.

Fiori, K. L., Brown, E. E., Cortina, K. S., & Antonucci, T. C. (2004). Religiosity, locus of control, and life satisfaction: Age, race, and gender differences. In Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. Honolulu, HI.

Brown, E. E., & Fiori, K. L. (2003). Marital tension, sense of control, and depression in black and white married couples. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. San Diego, CA.

Fiori, K. L., Antonucci, T. C., & McIlvane, J. (2003). Social support and depression: Efficacy as a mediator. In Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. Torontou, Canada.

Fiori, K. L., Antonucci, T. C., Cortina, K. S., & Langfahl, E. (2002). Religiosity, sense of control, and life satisfaction: Mediation and moderation. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Boston, MA.

Fiori, K. L., Antonucci, T. C., & Cortina, K. S. (2002). Religiosity, sense of control, and life satisfaction: Mediation and moderation. In LIFE Fall Academy. Berlin, Germany.

Fiori, K. L., & Smith, J. (2002). Religiosity and well-being: Sense of control as a mediator. In Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. Chicago, IL.

Fiori, K. L., & Hays, J. (2001). Spiritual history: A qualitative study of spiritual turning points and perceived control. In Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Chicago, IL.


Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Fiori, K. L. & Birditt, K. S. (2012). What if my spouse makes me more lonely?: Revisiting functional specificity. Adult Development and Aging News, 40(3).

Honors and Accomplishments

2012 APA International Travel Award

2008 Scholarship Recipient for the 2008 RAND Summer Institute

2007 GSA Behavioral and Social Sciences Section Student Research Award (Dissertation Category)

2006 APA Div. 20 Retirement Research Foundation Completed Research Award, Honorable Mention

2005-2006 AARP Scholars' Program

2005-2006 Daniel Katz Dissertation Fellowship

2005 Summer Training on Aging Research Topics Mental Health (START-MH) Fellowship

2004 NSF/JSPS East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute

2004 Recipient of the Barbara Perry Roberson Endowment

2001-2002 Angus Campbell Award, University of Michigan

2000-2001 Fulbright Scholarship, Berlin, Germany

Professional Activities

Ad-Hoc Reviewer for the following journals:
Aging and Mental Health, Developmental Psychology, The Gerontologist, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journal of Social Issues, Personal Relationships, Personality and Individual Differences, Research in Human Development

Symposium Chair, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Boston, MA in November, 2011

Symposium Chair, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Atlanta, GA in November, 2009

Symposium Co-Chair, Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) in Wuerzburg, Germany, July, 2008

Symposium Chair, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA, November, 2007

Member of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association (Member-at-Large of Division 20: Adult Development and Aging)