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Lynda M. Sagrestano

Lynda M. Sagrestano

Prior to moving to Munich, Dr. Sagrestano was the Director of the Center for Research on Women, Professor of Psychology, and affiliate faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies, at the University of Memphis. Using a model of engaged scholarship, throughout her career she has built collaborative research partnerships with community-based organizations which are marked by reciprocity and which lead to the production of new knowledge. Her research is oriented toward applying psychological theory to understand and intervene on social problems and advance theory development, highlighting the role of contextual factors in health processes and outcomes, with the goal of taking a more integrated approach to prevention and intervention in the public health sector. She has developed numerous constructive relationships with local nonprofit organizations to address issues related to infant mortality, adolescent pregnancy, economic security for women, and the empowerment of girls. Dr. Sagrestano was recently elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Women. She was a member of the University of Memphis’ inaugural class of “PI Millionaires,” honoring those who had been awarded over 1 million U.S. dollars in extramural funding, and in 2013 was awarded the University of Memphis Alumni Association Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Research on Women before stepping down to relocate to Germany.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation

Journal Articles:

  • Sagrestano, L. M. (1992). Power strategies in interpersonal relationships: The effects of expertise and gender. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 16, 481-496.
  • Sagrestano, L. M. (1992). The use of power and influence in a gendered world. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 16, 439-448.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Carroll, D., Rodriguez, A., & Nuwayhid, B. (2004). Demographic, psychological, and relationship factors in domestic violence during pregnancy in a sample of low-income women of color. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 309-322.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Christensen, A., & Heavey, C. L. (1998). Social influence techniques during marital conflict. Personal Relationships, 5, 77-89.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Feldman, P., Killingsworth-Rini, C., Woo, G., & Dunkel-Schetter, C. (1999). Ethnicity and social support during pregnancy. American Journal of Community Psychology, 27, 873-902.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Heavey, C. L., & Christensen, A. (1999). Perceived power and violence in marital conflict. Journal of Social Issues, 55, 65-79.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Heiss-Wendt, R., Mizan, A., Kittleson, M. J., & Sarvela, P. D. (2001). Sources of HIV risk information for individuals at high risk. American Journal of Health Behavior, 25, 545-556.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., McCormick, S. H., Paikoff, R. L., & Holmbeck, G. N. (1999). Pubertal development and parent-child conflict in low-income, urban, African-American adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 9, 85-107.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Paikoff, R. L., Holmbeck, G. N., & Fendrich, M. (2003). Familial risk factors for depression among inner-city African American adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 17, 108-120.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Rodriguez, A., Carroll, D., Bieniarz, A., Greenberg, A., Castro, L., & Nuwayhid, B. (2002). A comparison of standardized measures of psychosocial variables with single item screening measures used in an urban obstetric clinic. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 31, 147-155.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., Rogers, A., Kittleson, M. J., & Sarvela, P. D. (2005). Examining condom efficacy as a mediator of condom stage of change and condom use among injected drug users. American Journal of Health Behavior, 29, 12-25.
  • Stockdale, M. S., Dawson-Owens, H. L., & Sagrestano, L. M. (2005). Social, attitudinal, and demographic correlates of college-age tobacco initiation. American Journal of Health Behavior, 29, 311-323.
  • Whitney, K., Sagrestano, L. M., & Maslach, C. (1994). Establishing the social impact of individuation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 1140-1153.

Other Publications:

  • Sagrestano, L. M., Heavey, C. L., & Christensen, A. (1998). Theoretical approaches to understanding sex differences and similarities in conflict behavior. In D. Canary & K. Dindia (Eds.), Sex differences and similarities in communication: Critical essays and empirical investigations of sex and gender in interaction (pp. 287-302). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Sagrestano, L. M., & Paikoff, R. L. (1997). Preventing high risk sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy among adolescents. In R. P. Weissberg, T. P. Gullotta, R. L. Hampton, B. A. Ryan, & G. R. Adams (Eds.), Healthy children 2010: Enhancing children’s wellness (pp. 76-104). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology: Close Relationships
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender and Diversity
  • Social Psychology

Lynda M. Sagrestano
Institute für Soziologie
Konradstrasse 6
80801 Munich, Tennessee

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