Contact InformationBrandon Scott

Brandon G. Scott, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-5218
Fax: (406) 994-3804
Office: 303 Traphagen Hall


Office Hours:

By Appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Child and Adolescent Anxiety Lab of Montana (CAALM)

Research Interests

My research aims to disentangle the relations between anxiety and emotion regulation in youth across multiple levels of analysis, including psychosocially and physiologically. Taking a developmental psychopathology perspective, I am particularly interested in exploring (1) the ways this relation changes (or is stable) from childhood into adolescence, (2) how individual and contextual factors influence this relation across development and (3) how certain emotion regulation mechanisms related to problematic anxiety affect socio-cognitive competences and health outcomes.  


  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015). REACH Institute (formally known as the Prevention Research Center), Arizona State University
  • Ph.D. (2013). Applied Developmental Psychology, University of New Orleans
  • M.A. (2008). Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • B.A. (2005). Psychology, Texas Tech University 

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate Courses:
    • Research Design and Analysis II
    • Childhood Psychopathology
  • Graduate Courses:
    • Developmental Psychopathology
    • Structural Equation Modeling

Selected Publications

  • Banks, D.M., Scott, B.G., & Weems, C.F. (in press). Anxiety, hostile attributions, and differences in heart rate response to ambiguous situational vignettes in adolescents. Emotion.
  • Graham, R.G., Scott, B.G. & Weems, C.F. (in press). Parenting behaviors, parent heart rate variability, and their associations with adolescent heart rate variability. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0616-x
  • Scott, B.G., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Tein, J.Y., Stoll, R. & Goldsmith, H.H. (2016). A twin factor mixture modeling approach to childhood temperament: Differential heritability. Child Development, 87(6), 1940-1955.
  • Weems, C.F., Scott, B.G., Graham, R.A., Banks, D.M., Russell, J.D., Taylor, L.K., Cannon, M.F., Varela, R.E., Scheeringa, M.A., Perry, A.M., & Marino, R.C. (2015). Fitting anxious emotion-focused intervention into the ecology of schools: Results from test anxiety program evaluation. Prevention Science, 16, 200-210. doi:10.1007/s11121-014-0491-1 
  • Scott, B.G., Sanders, A.F.P., Graham, R.A., Banks, D.M., Russell, J.D., Berman, S.L., & Weems, C.F. (2014). Identity distress among youth exposed to natural disasters: Associations with level of exposure, posttraumatic stress, and internalizing problems. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14, 255-267. doi: 10.1080/15283488.2014.944697  
  • Scott, B.G., & Weems, C.F. (2014). Resting vagal tone and vagal response to stress: Associations with anxiety, aggression, and perceived anxiety control among youths. Psychophysiology, 51, 718-727. doi:10.1111/psyp.12218 
  • Scott, B.G., Larpre, G.E., Marsee, M.A., & Weems, C.F. (2014). Aggressive behavior and its associations with posttraumatic stress and academic achievement following a natural disaster. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43(1), 43-50, doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.807733
  • Weems, C.F., Scott, B.G., Russell, J.D., Reiss, A.L., & Carrión, V.G. (2013). Developmental variation in amygdala volumes among children with a history of exposure to traumatic stress. Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 481-495. doi:10.1080/87565641.2013.820307 
  • Scott, B.G., Burke, N. J., Weems, C. F., Hellman, J.L., & Carrión, V. G. (2013).  The interrelation of adverse childhood experiences within an at-risk -pediatric sample. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 6, 217-229.doi:10.1080/19361521.2013.811459 
  • Scott, B.G., & Weems, C.F. (2013). Natural disasters and existential concerns: A test of Tillich’s theory of existential anxiety. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53, 114-128. doi:10.1177/0022167812449190
  • Weems, C. F., Scott, B. G., Banks, D. M. Graham, R. (2012). Is TV traumatic for all youths? The role of pre-existing posttraumatic stress symptoms on the link between disaster coverage and stress. Psychological Science, 23, 1293-1297. doi:10.1177/0956797612446952 
  • Burke, N. J., Hellman, J.L., Scott, B.G., Weems, C. F., & Carrión, V. G. (2011). The impact of adverse childhood experiences in an urban pediatric population. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35, 408-413. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.02.006 
  • Scott, B.G., & Weems, C.F. (2010). Patterns of actual and perceived control: Are control profiles differentially related to internalizing and externalizing problems in youth? Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 23, 515 - 528. doi: 10.1080/10615801003611479
  • Weems, C. F., Scott, B. G., Taylor, L. K., Cannon, M. F., Romano, D. M., Perry A. M., & Triplett, V. (2010). Test anxiety prevention and intervention programs in schools: Program development and rationale. School Mental Health, 2, 62-71. doi:10.1007/s12310-010-9032-7