Scott Pickett

Assosciate Professor

Contact Information

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine
Office Location
Main Campus
(850) 644-4203

Dr. Scott M. Pickett, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, Center for Translational Behavioral Science. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a graduate certificate in LGBT Studies, from Northern Illinois University where he was a National Institute of Mental Health Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault. During his Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry, he completed advanced training in the treatment and research of anxiety disorders and sleep disruption. He is currently licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Michigan, is Board Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Adult Polysomnography Scoring from The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology.




Northern Illinois University
Doctor of Philosophy


Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Hospital
Pre-Doctorial Internship


Northern Illinois University
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LBGT) Studies Graduate Certificate


Northern Illinois University

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),

Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault



Northern Illinois University
M.A. in Psychology


Michigan State University
B.S. in Psychology





American Psychological Association (APA), Member


Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Member


Sleep Research Society (SRS), Member


International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Member



Research Focus

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Pickett’s research examines cognitive, emotional, and behavioral vulnerabilities, such as emotion regulation difficulties and sleep disruption, associated with the development of negative mental and physical health outcomes. Primary vulnerabilities of interest are those associated with psychological trauma. Within this framework, his research aims to:

  • Investigate the consequences of trauma exposure and the mechanisms that may promote or hinder recovery
  • Examine how emotional contexts and emotion regulation impact social problems
  • Examine the reciprocal effects of emotional contexts and emotion regulation on mental and physical health

The future goal of his research program is to translate his basic social science research program into research focused on prevention and intervention efforts to reduce problematic outcomes.



  1. *Markarian, S. M., Gildner, D. J., Pickett, S. M. & Warnke, A. S. (in press). Morningness-eveningness and social anxiety symptoms: The influence of depression symptoms on the indirect effect through punishment sensitivity and experiential avoidance. Chronobiology International.
  2. *Warnke, A. S., Nagy, S. M., Pickett, S. M., Jarrett, N. L., & Hunsanger, J. (2018). The examination of behavior inhibition system sensitivity, experiential avoidance, and sex in relation to post-traumatic stress symptom severity: Comparison of a moderated versus mediated model. Personality and Individual Differences, 132, 60-65.
  3. *Kirwan, M., Pickett, S. M., & Jarrett, N. L. (2017). Emotion regulation as a moderator between anxiety symptoms and insomnia symptom severity. Psychiatry Research, 254(1), 40-47.
  4. Pickett, S. M., Barbaro, N. M, & Mello, D. (2016). The relationship between subjective sleep disturbance, sleep quality, and emotion regulation difficulties in a sample of college students reporting trauma exposure. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 8(1), 25-33.
  5. Pickett, S. M., Lodis, C. S., Parkhill, M. R., & Orcutt, H. K. (2012). Personality and experiential avoidance: A model of anxiety sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(3), 246-250.
  6. Pickett, S. M., Bardeen, J. R., & Orcutt, H. K., (2011). Experiential avoidance as a moderator of the relationship between behavioral inhibition system sensitivity and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 1038-1045.

*Mentored Student Authorship