Scott Graupensperger

University of Washington
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About Me

Thanks for visiting my website! I am an assistant research professor in the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behavior at the University of Washington - School of Medicine. I completed my PhD at Penn State where I studied psychology of health behavior as a dual-major in Kinesiology and Clinical/ Translational Science.

My research focuses on how groups and social influences shape individuals’ health behaviors in both constructive (e.g., physical activity) and pernicious ways (e.g., alcohol use). 


I take a translational approach to my research, in that I aim to understand how social and group processes relate to behavior so that we can leverage these influences to reduce harm and improve health. I am particularly interested in studying these social influences within proximal peer networks such as sport teams and other clubs. For example, my recent studies have examined how processes such as social identification with one's sport team can amplify the extent that individuals conform or adhere to perceived group drinking norms.

I enjoy learning and applying advanced methodology to answer novel research questions. Recently I have focused on  using social network analysis to advance our understanding of peer influences on individuals' health behaviors, and plan to work on translational studies employing social network interventions.

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See our recent paper on teammate interactions, athletic identity, and mental health / wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Recent findings that young adults may largely underestimate how well their peers adhere to COVID-19 preventive guidelines. 

Proof-of-concept for leveraging normative influences (correcting misperceived norms) to increase young adults' adherence. 

*In-press at Journal of Primary Prevention.

More findings pertaining to social norms and vaccine uptake (COVID and influenza) - recently accepted in VaccinePDF LINK

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Check out this video highlighting some of our findings on how groups can shape exercisers' workout experiences!