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Stacey Schaefer
Stacey M. Schaefer
Scientist III, Center for Healthy Minds

625 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703-2637

Stacey M. Schaefer is the principal investigator of a study examining how individual differences in emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. She is the co-principal investigator of a large study examining how individual differences in the time course of emotional responses--called affective chronometry--are important for cognition, mental health, stress regulation, the immune system, biomarker indicators of stress, as well as coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, she leads the Center's contribution to the Midlife in the United States Longitudinal Study of Health and Well-Being (the MIDUS Neuroscience Project) as well as a study examining how our cognitive abilities are related to our emotion regulatory abilities.

Schaefer's research questions can generally be summarized as: How do different emotional response styles shape our health and well-being as we age? How do emotional response styles change as people age? What does better emotion regulation ability predict in terms of people’s health and well-being? Similarly, what individual differences promote better emotion regulation and healthier emotional response styles? For example, what is the interaction/overlap between executive control, the immune system, stress responses, and self-regulatory processes such as emotion regulation? To answer these questions, she studies the morphometry and integrity of and functional activity in emotion regulation-related brain circuitry, psychophysiological measures of emotional responses, and these measures' relation to aging, stress, cognition, coping, biomarkers of health as well as biological and psychological predictors of well-being.

Recent Publications


Ph.D., Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), University of Pennsylvania

What does well-being mean to me?

"Going home."

Related Studies

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Cognitive Control and the Regulation of Emotion, Attention and Pain

Are people who are better at controlling their attention, emotion or pain responses in a laboratory setting more successful at carrying that skill into daily life?

Profile Of Person With Brain

Emotion and Wellness Study

How do people experience emotions over a period of time and what does that say about their resilience and well-being?

Alzheimers Web

Examining the Relationship Between Emotion and Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease

Center for Healthy Minds researchers are examining how emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Midlife Development in the United States

Our scientists examine how individual differences in emotional reactivity and recovery to emotional stimuli, brain structure and patterns of brain activity are related to life experiences, personality, behavior, health and well-being across the adult lifespan in a large national longitudinal sample.