Lori N Scott, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts
Clinical Psychology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Professional Affiliations

Membership Committee Chair, North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders
Member, American Psychological Association
Member, Association for Psychological Science
Member, International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders
Member, American Association of Suicidology

Selected Honors & Awards

Early Career Investigator Award, North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders
Young Investigator Award, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Distinguished Contribution Poster Award, Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology

Research Interests

Personality disorders; Aggression and interpersonal problems; Suicide and self-injury
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Scott LN, Victor SE, Kaufman EA, Beeney JE, Byrd AL, Vine V, Pilkonis PA, Stepp SD. Affective dynamics across internalizing and externalizing dimensions of psychopathology. Clinical Psychological Science. 2020 May; 8(3):412-427. NIHMSID: NIHMS1058470.
  2. Scott LN, Wright AG, Beeney JE, Lazarus SA, Pilkonis PA, Stepp SD. Borderline personality disorder symptoms and aggression: A within-person process model. J Abnorm Psychol. 2017 May;126(4):429-440. PubMed PMID: 28383936; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5480678.
  3. Scott LN, Zalewski M, Beeney JE, Jones NP, Stepp SP. Pupillary and affective responses to maternal feedback and the development of borderline personality disorder symptoms. Dev Psychopathol. 2017 Aug;29(3):1089-1104. PubMed PMID: 27779091; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5405007.
  4. Scott LN, Stepp SD, Hallquist MN, Whalen DJ, Wright AGC, Pilkonis PA. Daily shame and hostile irritability in adolescent girls with borderline personality disorder symptoms. Personal Disord. 2015 Jan; 6(1): 5363. PubMed PMID: 25580673. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4294430.
  5. Scott LN, Pilkonis PA, Hipwell AE, Keenan K, Stepp SD. Non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal ideation as predictors of suicide attempts in adolescent girls: A multi-wave prospective study. Compr Psychiatry. 2015 Apr;58:1-10. PubMed PMID: 25595520. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4369422.

Clinical Interests

Borderline personality disorder; Integrative psychotherapy; Mood and anxiety disorders
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Scott LN, Pilkonis PA. Further reflections on assessment, etiology, and treatment. Commentary on borderline personality disorder. In: Lejuez CW, Gratz KL, editors. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Disorders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2020. p. 242-245.
  2. Herpertz SC, Huprich SK, Bohus M, Chanen A, Goodman M, Mehlum L, Moran P, Newton-Howes G, Scott L, Sharp C. The challenge of transforming the diagnostic system of personality disorders. J Pers Disord. 2017 Oct;31(5):577-589. PubMed PMID: 28910213; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC28910213.
  3. Levy KN, Ellison WD, Scott LN, Bernecker SL. Attachment style. J Clin Psychol. 2011 Feb;67(2):193-203. PubMed PMID: 21108315.
  4. Levy KN, Ellison WD, Scott LN, Bernecker S. Attachment relationships. In: Norcross JC, editor. Psychotherapy relationships that work: Evidence-based responsiveness. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2011. p. 377-401.

Education Interests

Research mentoring; Research methodology training; Clinical supervision
Selected Education Publications & Products
  1. Scott LN, Pilkonis PA. Aggressive behavior and interpersonal difficulties. In: Stanley B, New A, editors. Primer on Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Oxford University Press; 2018. p. 205-224.
  2. Levy KN, Ellison WD, Scott LN. Personality Disorders. In: Leong FT, editor. Encyclopedia of counseling, Vol. 2: Personal and emotional counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications; 2008.
  3. Levy KN, Scott LN. Other personality disorders. In: Andrasik F, editor. Comprehensive handbook of personality and psychopathology, Vol. II: Adult psychopathology. New York: Wiley & Sons; 2005. p. 316-336.