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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Walt Scott

Director of Psychology Clinic

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1996

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 364
Phone: (509) 335-3588
Website: Personality, Psychopathology, and Assessment Lab

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Classes Taught

  • Psychology 545: Adult Assessment and Therapy Practicum

Research Interests

  • Social Cognitive Approaches to Personality/Psychopathology
  • Applications of Personality Science to Personality Assessment
  • Cognitive Self-Regulation, Depression, Memory
  • Cognitive Self-Regulation and Depression in American Indian Youth

Most recently, I have been interested in applying personality science, particularly social cognitive theory, to such clinical topics as case conceptualization and personality assessment.  I am also interested in the role of cognitive self-regulation (e.g., goal representations, values, self-efficacy) and temperament in depression, as well as other forms of psychopathology.  Finally, I am interested in social cognitive aspects of memory performance.

Dr. Scott plans to recruit a graduate student for Fall 2021 admission to the Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

Representative Publications:

Scott, W. D., & Cervone, D. (2016).  Social cognitive personality assessment: A case conceptualization procedure and illustration.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 79-98.

Scott, W. D., Clapp, J., Mileviciute, I., & Mousseau, A.  (2016).  Children’s Depression Inventory: A Unidimensional Factor Structure for American Indian and Alaskan Native Youth.  Psychological Assessment, 28, 81-91.

Mousseau, A. C., Scott, W. D., & Estes, D. (2014). Values and depressive symptoms in American Indian youth of the Northern Plains: Examining the potential moderating roles of outcome expectancies and perceived community values. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43 (3), 426-436

Scott, W. D. & Dearing, E. C. (2012).  Academic self-efficacy, theories of intelligence, ethnic identity, and depression: A longitudinal study with American Indian youth. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 607-622.

Penningroth, S. L., Scott, W. D., & Freuen, M.  (2011). Social motivation in prospective memory:  Higher importance ratings and reported performance rates for social tasks.  Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65 (1), 3-11.

Hamill, S. K., Scott, W. D., Dearing, E., & Pepper, C. M. (2009). Affective style and depressive symptoms in youth of a North American Plains tribe: The moderating roles of cultural identity, grade level, and behavioral inhibition. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 110-115.

Beevers, C. G., Scott, W. D., McGeary, C., & McGeary, J. E. (2009).  Negative Cognitive Response to a Sad Mood Induction: Associations with Polymorphisms of the Serotonin Transporter (5-HTTLPR) Gene.  Cognition and Emotion, 23 (4), 726-738.

Scott, W. D., Dearing, E., Reynolds, W. R., Lindsay, J. E., Hamill, S.K., & Baird, G.L. (2008).  Cognitive self-Regulation and depression: Examining self-efficacy appraisals and goal characteristics in youth of a Northern Plains tribe.  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18(2), 379-394.