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Sandra Prince-Embury

Sandra Prince-Embury

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Sandra Prince-Embury, author of the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents (2007, 2005) has research interests in the assessment of resiliency for the purpose of understanding the evolution of resiliency across the lifespan, understanding reaction to and recovery from acute and chronic stressful events and for preventive screening prior to the development of and crystallization of symptoms.

Previous research examined psychological response, coping and adaptation among residents in the community of Three Mile Island following the accident at TMI and prior to restart of the nuclear facility. This research examined cognitions associated with level of stress as a function of residence in the area, evacuation at the time of the TMI accident and life stage of resident at the time of the accident. Related research examined characteristics of residents seeking health related information in the aftermath of the accident as well as characteristics of the information delivered at the Three Mile Island Health Environment Information Series offered prior to restart of the TMI facility. Dr. Prince-Embury designed and implemented the TMI Information Series for the purpose of delivering reliable and understandable information under conditions of uncertainty to a stressed and polarized community. Video archives of the Series are available.

Additional research has focused on comparison of women activists who favored passage of the Equal Rights Amendment as compared with those opposed to passage of the ERA for the purpose of understanding how these groups of women who were similar with respect to their political activity differed in how they conceptualized this activity. The central concepts employed in this research were identity status, sphere of influence, and political ideology.

Dr. Prince-Embury is also the author of the Family Health Tree, an instrument based in Bowen family systems theory, facilitating the identification of symptom patterns associated with distribution of stress within the family system.

Currently, Sandra Dr. Prince-Embury serves as Director of the Resiliency Institute of Allenhurst. Previous positions include Assistant Professor of Community Psychology at Pennsylvania State University, and Senior Research Director at Harcourt Assessments, Inc.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Political Psychology
  • Self and Identity

Books:

  • Prince-Embury, S. (2007). Resiliency scales for children and adolescents: Profiles of personal strength. San Antonio, TX: Harcourt Assessment, Inc.
  • Hays, R., Prince-Embury, S., & Chen, H. (1998). RAND-36 Health Status Inventory: Technical manual. San Antonio, TX: Harcourt Assessment, Inc.

Journal Articles:

  • Prince-Embury, S. (1991). Information seekers in the aftermath of technological disaster at Three Mile Island. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 21(7), 569-584.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1988). Psychological symptoms of residents in the aftermath of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Journal of Social Psychology, 128(6), 779-790.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1990). Life stage differences in resident coping with restart of the Three Mile Island nuclear generating facility. Journal of Social Psychology, 130(6), 771-780.
  • Prince-Embury, S. Steer, R. (2010) Profiles of personal resiliency for normative and clinical samples of children and adolescents using the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents. Journal of Psychological Assessment. Sage Publications.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1989). A comparison of residents who moved versus those who remained prior to restart of Three Mile Island. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 19, 11.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1987). Perception of control and loss of faith in experts among residents in the vicinity of Three Mile Island. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 17, 11.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Deutchman, I. E. (1981). Sphere of influence as a predictor of political behavior in women. Psychological Reports, 48,.
  • Prince-Embury, S. (1992). Information attributes as related to psychological symptoms and perceived control among information seekers in the aftermath of technological disaster. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 22(14), 1148-1159.
  • Prince-Embury, S. (1984). The family health tree: A form for identifying physical symptom patterns within the family. Journal of Family Practice, 18(1).
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Deutchman, I. E. (1981). Identity status in politically active pro and anti ERA women. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 2(1),.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1995). Psychological adaptation of residents following restart of Three Mile Island. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 8(1), 47-58.
  • Prince-Embury, S. (2008). The Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents, Psychological Symptoms and Clinical Status in Adolescents. The Canadian Journal of School Psychology. 23(1), 41-56.
  • Prince-Embury, S. (1992). Psychological symptoms as related to cognitive appraisals and demographic differences among information seekers in the aftermath of technological disaster at Three Mile Island. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 22(1), 34-58.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1987). Interest in information as a function of worry and perceived control in the aftermath of nuclear disaster. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 8(1), 33-50.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Courville, T. (2008). Measurement Invariance of the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents across gender and age cohorts. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 23(1), 26-40.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Courville, T. (2008). Comparison of a One, Two and Three Factor Models of the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents, Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 23(1), 11-25.

Other Publications:

  • Prince-Embury, S. (2010) Assessment for integrated screening and prevention using the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents. Chapter 7, 141-162. in Doll, B., Pfohl, W., & Yoon, J. (Eds.) Handbook of Youth Prevention Science. New York: Routledge.
  • Prince-Embury, S., & Rooney, J. F. (1994). Life stage differences in resident coping with restart of the Three Mile Island nuclear generating facility. In Wayne Lesko (Ed.), Readings in social psychology: General, classic, and contemporary selections (2nd ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Sandra Prince-Embury
The Resiliency Institute of Allenhurst, LLC.
625 North Edgemere Drive
West Allenhurst, NJ 07711
United States

  • Phone: (732) 272-3773

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