Well-being; exercise; sleep; physical health and longevity; social support; self-compassion; mental health apps; and help-seeking.
Professor Short is a licensed clinical psychologist and conducts research on the prevention of psychological disorders and the promotion of mental health for college students and older adults. He has written a book entitled Psychological Fitness that describes cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal exercises to improve mental health and decrease psychological symptoms.
He has taught 190 course sections to about 3,500 students during the past 30 years at GMU. He has chaired 22 completed dissertations by his doctoral student advisees. His courses focus on understanding, assessing, treating, and preventing psychological disorders and increasing mental health and well-being. He formerly served as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and also as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in Psychology. He received the Psychology Department's Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Award in 2018.
He is currently the Associate Director of Clinical Training and is maintaining a list of doctoral externships in Clinical Psychology for the Washington, DC area.
How will COVID-19 affect the future of young American adults? Rapid changes in health and stress before and during the COVID-19 epidemic. Research collaboration with Drs. Amira Roess (Global and Community Health), Alison Evans Cuellar (Health Administration and Policy), Lawrence Cheskin (Nutrition and Food Studies), and Virginia Espina and Lance Liotta (both with the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine). $35,000 in funding. https://chhs.gmu.edu/news/585611
Daily Experience Sampling of College Students' Exercise, Sleep, Self-Perceptions, Mood, and Life Satisfaction. Aim: Understand daily patterns of health behaviors and psychological well-being over 5 weeks.
Longitudinal Assessment of First-Year Students' Mental and Physical Health. Aim: Understand patterns of health behaviors and psychological well-being over 4 years.
Predictors of Help-seeking by College Students. Aim: Understand facilitators and barriers to help-seeking.
Evaluation of Mobile Apps to Increase Well-Being and Reduce Symptoms. Aim: Understand the relative value of various positive interventions.
His current doctoral student advisees are Beth Foote, Eleanor Speidel, and Diane Lameira.
He plans to accept a new doctoral student in 2021.
*Denotes students under my supervision.
*Disabato, D. J., Short, J. L., *Lameira, D. M., *Bagley, K. D., & *Wong, S. J. (2018). Predicting help seeking behavior: The impact of knowing someone close who has sought help. Journal of American College Health. DOI:10.1080/07448481.2018.1440568 Download article.
*Disabato, D. J., Kashdan, T. B., Short, J. L., & Jarden, A. (2017). What predicts positive life events that influence the course of depression? A longitudinal examination of gratitude and meaning in life. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41(3), 444-458. Download article.
*Disabato, D. J., Goodman, F. R., Kashdan, T. B., Short, J .L., & Jarden, A. (2016). Different types of well-being? A cross-cultural examination of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Psychological Assessment, 28(5), 471-482. Download article.
*Machell, K.A., Kashdan, T.B., Short, J.L., & Nezlek, J.B. (2015). Relationships between meaning in life, social and achievement events, and positive and negative affect in daily life. Journal of Personality, 83(3), 287-298. Download article.
*Wagner, D.C., & Short, J.L. (2014). Longitudinal predictors of self-rated health and mortality in older adults. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11:130241, 1-8. Download article.
*Erb, S.E., Renshaw, K.D., Short, J.L., & Pollard, J.W. (2014). The importance of college roommate relationships: A review and systemic conceptualization. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(1), 43-55. Download article.
Short, J.L. (2012). Psychological fitness for older adults: A pilot intervention. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, 20(1), 71-84. Download article.
PSYC 321 - Clinical Psychology
PSYC 408 - Psychological Fitness
PSYC 810 - Psychological Assessment I
PSYC 811 - Psychological Assessment II
PSYC 885 - Clinical Externship
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Short, J.L., & Wagner, D.C. (2019, October). Ten advantages of aging for psychological health. GMU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reston, VA.
Short, J.L. (2019, February). Psychological fitness. The Shepherd's Center of Oakton/Vienna, Oakton, VA.
Short, J.L. (2016, October). Memory, mood, mild activity, and longevity. Greenspring Village; Address to Residents and Staff of a Retirement Community, Springfield, VA.
Short, J.L. (2015, October). Ten advantages of aging for psychological health. GMU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Fairfax, VA.
Short, J.L. (2015, June). Practicing life boosting skills. Greenspring Village; Workshop for Residents of a Retirement Community, Springfield, VA.
Short, J.L. (2014, October). Ten advantages of aging for psychological health. GMU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Sterling, VA.
Short, J.L. (2013, April). Practicing a healthy mindfulness. Greenspring Village; Address to Residents and Staff of a Retirement Community, Springfield, VA.
Short, J.L. (2012, May). Brief evidence based psychotherapy for palliative care. Capital Caring; Address to Hospice Social Workers and Counselors, Falls Church, VA.
Short, J.L. (2012, January). Psychological fitness. Fairfax County Public Schools; Address to School Psychologists and Social Workers, Fairfax, VA.
Parental Burnout on Distance Learning During COVID-19. The Connection Newspapers. May 20, 2020. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/may/20/parental-burnout-distance-learning-during-covid-19/
Working from Home with Children. The Connection Newspapers. April 14, 2020. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/apr/14/working-home-children/
Inflicting Pain to Gain Relief. The Connection Newspapers. March 4, 2020. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/mar/04/inflicting-pain-gain-relief/
Maintaining Peace on Earth (and at Home). The Connection Newspapers. December 4, 2019. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/dec/04/maintaining-peace-earth-and-home/
Wellbeing: Diffusing Holiday Drama. The Connection Newspapers. November 6, 2019. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/nov/06/diffusing-holiday-drama/
Supporting Friends and Loved Ones with Breast Cancer. The Connection Newspapers. October 2, 2019. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/oct/02/supporting-friends-and-loved-ones-breast-cancer/
Burnout at Work. Recognizing the Symtoms and Strategies for Relief. The Connection Newspapers. July 3, 2019. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/jul/03/burnout-work/
A Difficult Conversation: Talking to Loved Ones About Alzheimer's Disease. The Connection Newspapers. June 26, 2019. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/jun/26/difficult-conversation-talking-loved-ones-about-al/
Swimming Lessons: Choosing a School and Instructor. The Connection Newspapers. May 15, 2019. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/may/15/swimming-lessons-choosing-school-and-instructor/
Explaining Death to Children. The Connection Newspapers. March 20, 2019. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/mar/20/explaining-death-children/
Advice From Professors. The Connection Newspapers. December 19, 2018. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/dec/19/advice-professors/
Habits That Stick. The Connection Newspapers. December 4, 2018. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/dec/04/habits-stick/
Teaching Gratitude and Giving. The Connection Newspapers. November 20, 2018. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/nov/20/teaching-gratitude-and-giving/
A Good Night's Sleep. The Connection Newspapers. November 6, 2018. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/nov/06/good-nights-sleep/
Navigating the Tween Years. The Connection Newspapers. September 17, 2018. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/sep/17/navigating-tween-years/
School Reunions. The Why Factor. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). July 23, 2018. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswrk6
Talking to Children about Suicide. The Connection Newspapers. June 20, 2018. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/jun/19/talking-children-about-suicide/
How to Actually Have Fun at Your College Reunion. New York Magazine. June 15, 2018. https://www.thecut.com/2018/06/how-to-actually-have-fun-at-your-college-reunion.html
Camps & Schools: Affording Summer Camp. The Connection Newspapers. April 25, 2018. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/apr/25/affording-summer-camp/
Discussing School Shootings and Other Violence with Children. The Connection Newspapers. March 6, 2018. http://www.centre-view.com/news/2018/mar/06/discussing-school-shootings-and-other-violence-chi/
Finding Peace and Joy. Relieving Stress and Finding Meaning in the Holiday Season. The Connection Newspapers. December 20, 2017. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/dec/20/finding-peace-and-joy/
Season of Giving, Season of Healing. Acts of Kindness Can Boost Wellbeing. The Connection Newspapers. December 6, 2017. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/dec/06/season-giving-season-healing/
Boosting a Child's Self-Esteem. The Connection Newspapers. October 19, 2017. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/oct/19/boosting-childs-self-esteem/
Staying Socially Connected After Retirement. The Connection Newspapers. October 2, 2017. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/oct/02/staying-socially-connected-after-retirement/
The Psychology of Color. The Connection Newspapers. September 11, 2017. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/sep/11/psychology-color/
Finding the Right Mentor. The Connection Newspapers. June 21, 2017. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/jun/21/finding-right-mentor/
Depression and Loneliness in Older Adults. Aging Right at Home TV program. Fairfax Public Access-TV-10. March 21, 2017. Website: https://www.rightathome.net/ Youtube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax05pNLquPw&feature=youtu.be
Holiday Grief. The Connection Newspapers. December 19, 2016. http://www.fairfaxconnection.com/news/2016/dec/19/holiday-grief/
Additional Factors Impede Efforts to Quit Smoking. The Connection Newspapers. November 14, 2016. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2016/nov/14/additional-factors-impede-efforts-quit-smoking/
Create a Back-to-School Gameplan. The Connection Newspapers. August 16, 2016. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2016/aug/16/create-back-school-game-plan/
The Many Benefits of Attending College Reunions, by Reunion Year. Quartz. May 15, 2016. http://qz.com/684766/the-many-benefits-of-attending-college-reunions-by-reunion-year/
David Disabato, A Closer Look at the Measurement of Well-being: Methodological and Statistical Issues (2018)
Kyla Machell, Adolescent Well-Being: The Role of Life Events and Grit (2016)
Lucy Buchholz Leibowitz, The Influence of Daily Hassles, Maternal Attributions, Optimism, and Child Symptoms on the Mental Health of Mothers of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (2013)