Faculty » Kate Sweeny

My research examines two broad questions. First, how do people cope with uncertain waiting periods? Second, how should doctors talk to their patients? I have studied law graduates awaiting news about the bar exam, patients awaiting biopsy results, researchers awaiting manuscript decisions, surgeons talking to their adult patients, and asthma specialists talking to pediatric patients, among many other topics and studies. Check out my website (www.katesweeny.com) for more information about my research and my lab.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sweeny, K., & Andrews, S. E. (2014). Mapping individual differences in the experience of a waiting period. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 106, 1015-1030.

Legg, A. M., Andrews, S. E., Huynh, H. P., Ghane, A., Tabuenca, A., & Sweeny, K. (2014). Patients’ anxiety and hope: Predictors and adherence intentions in an acute care context. Health Expectations.

Legg, A., & Sweeny, K. (2014). Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Discrepancies in news order preferences. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 279-288.

Sweeny, K., & Dillard, A. (2104). The effects of expectation disconfirmation on appraisal, affect, and behavioral intentions. Risk Analysis, 34, 711-720.

Sweeny, K., & Krizan, Z. (2013). Sobering up: A quantitative review of temporal declines in expectations. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 702-724.

Krizan, Z., & Sweeny, K. (2013). Causes and consequences of expectation trajectories: “High” on optimism in a public referendum. Psychological Science, 24, 706-714.

Cavanaugh, A. G., & Sweeny, K. (2012). Hanging in the balance: The role of self-construal abstractness in navigating self-relevant uncertainty. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 520-527.

Sweeny, K. (2012). Waiting well: Tips for navigating painful uncertainty. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 258-269.

Sweeny, K., & Cavanaugh, A. G. (2012). Waiting is the hardest part: A model of uncertainty navigation in the context of health. Health Psychology Review, 6,147-164.

Sweeny, K., & Vohs, K. D. (2012). On near misses and completed tasks: The nature of relief. Psychological Science, 23, 464-468.

Sweeny, K., Melnyk, D., Miller, W., & Shepperd, J. A. (2010). Information avoidance: Who, what, when, and why. Review of General Psychology, 14, 340-353.

Sweeny, K., & Shepperd, J. A. (2010). The costs of optimism and the benefits of pessimism. Emotion, 10, 750-753.

Sweeny, K., Shepperd, J. A., & Carroll, P. J. (2009). Expectations for others’ outcomes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 160-171.

Sweeny, K. (2008). Crisis decision theory: Decisions in the face of negative events. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 61-76.

Sweeny, K., & Shepperd, J. A. (2007). Do people brace sensibly? Risk judgments and risk prevalence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1064-1075.

Sweeny, K., & Shepperd, J. A. (2007). Being the best bearer of bad tidings. Review of General Psychology, 11, 235-257.

Sweeny, K., Carroll, P. J., & Shepperd, J. A. (2006). Thinking about the future: Is optimism always best? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 302-306.