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Sam Cacace PhD

Research Scholar

Center for Family and Community Engagement

Poe Hall 738E

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Bio

Dr. Sam Cacace is an interpersonal social psychologist with expertise in experimental and quantitative psychology, military psychology, and group dynamics. She completed her Master’s in General Psychology at North Carolina Central University, and her Doctorate in Experimental Psychology at Washington State University. She has served as co-PI on several internal grants, such as the 2019 Faculty Professional Development Grant and the 2019 Non-Laboratory Research Scholarship Program, both focused on military health. Currently, she serves as PI on a contract with the Governor’s Institute and Vaya Health to examine care coordinator data and improve the Veteran Service’s Specialist certificate program. Additionally, she has extensive teaching experience, having served as adjunct faculty at Wake Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Shaw University, Washington State University, and North Carolina State University.

At the Center for Family and Community Engagement at North Carolina State University, she is working to connect military families, service members, and veterans to community resources and enhance quality of life through research and engagement as PI of the Military Wellness Lab. Additionally, she serves as Lead Evaluator for several NC DSS projects, including evaluation of the Family Leadership Model. Dr. Cacace also works with multiple collaborators and stakeholders, including the Governor’s Institute and NCServes, the Henry Jackson Foundation, the Shelton Leadership Center, and Temple University for statistical consulting, program evaluation, manuscript preparation, and community-focused engagement.

Teaching and Research Interests

Military psychology, intergroup relations, dyadic interactions, health and wellness in military service members and veterans, masculinity, leadership

Projects

Cacace, S.C. & Rudolph-Simmons, J. (2021). Psychometric analysis of the CMNI in a community-based sample. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Cacace, S.C., Desmarais, S.L., Smith, E.J. (2021). The role of stigma against military identity in health and well-being for U.S. military service members and veterans. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Cacace, S.C. & Dubljevic, V. (2021). Examining the link between symptoms of psychopathy and moral decision-making. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Dubljevic, V., Desmarais, S.L., & Cacace, S.C. (2021). The role of masculinity in moral decision-making in low and high-risk moral vignettes. North Carolina State University, NC.

Funded Research

Monthly Evaluation of NCServes Network Health (Governor’s Institute and Vaya Health)

Extension and Community Engagement

Cacace, S.C., Domeracki, M., Smith, E.J., Drake, N., Hackley, D., & Fendrich, J. (2021). Building an NC State University military community garden. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Publications

Volpe, V.V., Schorpp, K.M., Cacace, S.C., Benson, P., & Banos, N. (2021). State-level racism and health care access and quality in the United States: Insights from the Association of Medical Colleges Consumer Survey of Health Care Access. American Journal of Preventative Medicine. In press.

Dubljevic, V., Cacace, S., & Desmarais, S.L. (2021). Surveying ethics: A measurement model of preference for precepts implied in moral theory (PPIMT). Review of Philosophy and Psychology. In press.

Cunningham, C., Cramer, R.J., Cacace, S., Franks, M., & Demarais, S.L. (2020). The Coping Self-Efficacy Scale: Psychometric properties in an outpatient sample of active duty military personnel. Military Psychology32(3), 261-727.

Evans, R., Widman, L., Javidi, H., Troutman Adams, E., Cacace, S., Prinstein, M. J., Desmarais, S. (2020). Preliminary evaluation of a prescription opioid misuse prevention program among rural middle school students. Journal of Community Health45(6), 1139-1148.

Cacace, S.C. (2020). “Be all that you can be”: Building a cohesive model for military self-identity in early career and veteran U.S. military service members. Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 7(1), 12-22.

Presentations

Daniel, C., Smith, E.S., Cacace, S.C. & Desmarais, S.L. (2020, October). Social Integration Counteracting the Negative Impacts of Combat Exposure on Quality of Life in Soldiers Post Deployment. The 8th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference Virtual.

Frye, P., Cacace, S., Simmons-Rudolph, J., Dubljevic, V., & Desmarais, S. (August 2020). Psychopathy’s effect on delinquency. Poster presentation submitted for the 2020 American Psychological Association, Division 41 Preconference, Washington, D.C.

Young, A. & Cacace, S. (May 2020). An investigation of happiness and its moderators in the military community. Poster presentation at the 2020 Association for Psychological Science Conference, Chicaco, IL. [conference canceled]

Cacace, S., Smith, E., & Lefsaker, C. (May 2020). Resolving needs: Predictors of needs resolution in military service members and veterans. Poster presentation at the 2020 Association for Psychological Science Conference, Chicaco, IL. [conference canceled]

Cacace, S., Smith, E., Frye, P., & Desmarais, S. (May 2020). Internal strife: Self-stigma as a moderator between social integration and mental health in a military and veteran sample. Poster presentation at the 2020 Association for Psychological Science Conference, Chicaco, IL. [conference canceled]

Cacace, S., Neupert, S., & Desmarais, S. (planned for August 2020). Something on our minds: mindfulness moderates the relationship between self-stigma and mental health in a military and veteran sample. Poster presentation at the 2020 American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C. (accepted)

Cacace, S. (planned for August 2020). Social engagement and stigma as predictors of happiness and help-seeking behaviors in military service members and veterans. Poster presentation at the 2020 American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C. (accepted)

Frye, P., Cacace, S., Simmons-Rudolph, J., Dubljevic, V., & Desmarais, S. (planned for August 2020). Psychopathy’s effect on delinquency. Poster presentation submitted for the 2020 American Psychological Association, Division 41 Preconference, Washington, D.C. (accepted)

Young, A., Cacace, S., & Smith, E. (planned for August 2020). Perceived stigma as a moderator between social contribution and happiness in military service members and veterans: Preliminary findings. Poster presentation submitted for the 2020 American Psychological Association, Division 19 Preconference, Washington, D.C. (accepted)

Evans, R., Widman, L., Javidi, H., Adams, E. T., Cacace, S., Prinstein, M. J. &  Desmarais, S. (planned for May, 2020). Evaluation of a brief school-based prescription opioid misuse prevention program for 7th grade students in a rural county. Talk submitted for the Society for Prevention Research conference, Washington, D.C. (accepted)

Desmarais, S., Neupert, S., Widman, L., Evans, R., Javidi, H., Cacace, S., & Nance, A. (2019, November). Role of stress in middle school students’ intentions to misuse opioids. Presentation at the APHA 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo, Philadelphia, PA. (pending)

Zottola, S.A., Cacace, S.C., Desmarais, S.L., Cruise, K.R., Karbowski, T., Klaver, J. (2019, June) Psychometric evaluation of the LS/CMI in a sample of transitional age youth. Presentation at the 2019 International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services annual meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Cacace, S., Lefebvre, E., & Berry, P. (2019). Veteran voices: A conversation on veteran and transitioning military needs from primary sources. Panel presentation at the 2019 NCSTRIVE conference, Raleigh, NC.

Cacace, S. (2019). Better together: Building a model of well-being and social connection for military service members and veterans. Lecture session at the 2019 Society for Military Psychology (APA Division 19) Regional Symposium, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC.

Cacace, S. (2018). “Be all that you can be”: Building a cohesive model for military self-identity in early career and veteran U.S. military service members. Lecture session at the 2018 American Association for Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Cacace, S. (2018). Social factors affecting well-being in U.S. military service members. Poster session at the 2018 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cacace, S. (2017). Honest self-disclosure and attraction in online and face-to-face environments. Poster session at the 2017 Association for Psychological Science Conference, Boston, MA.

Cacace, S. (2017). Cooperation and competition in face-to-face and computer-mediated interactions. Poster session at the 2017 WSU Academic Showcase, Pullman, WA.

Cacace, S. (2017). Military identity and well-being among early-career ROTC students and campus veterans. Lecture session at the 2017 Western Psychology Association Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Cacace, S., Knight, T., & Pion, S. (2012). Cultural lag: A theory of technological impact. Poster session at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Cacace, S. (2011). Technology and loneliness: Technology’s interference in social interaction. Poster session at the 119th meeting of the American Psychology Association (Division 8), Washington, D.C.

Cacace, S. Knight, T., & Pion, S. (2011). Cultural lag among minorities: A theory of technological impact on employment and community engagement. Paper presentation at the 19th Annual Imhotep Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Tallahassee, FL.

Responsibilities

Manuscript preparation, grant applications and funding, evaluation, internship and student mentoring

Education

Ph.D. Experimental/Social Psychology Washington State University 2018

M.A. Experimental Psychology North Carolina Central University 2012

B.A. Psychology North Carolina State University 2010

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