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Aging Studies student Taylor Vigoureux successfully defends dissertation

Taylor Vigoureux
Virtual defense

Congratulations to Taylor Vigoureux, PhD on successfully defending her dissertation titled Breaking the Vicious Cycle: The Dynamic Sleep—Stress Interplay and its Association with Daily Well-being Among Cancer Survivors. Vigoureux's doctoral dissertation committee included Soomi Lee, PhD and Brent Small, PhD (co-chairs), along with Brian Gonzalez, PhD; Gizem Hueluer, PhD; and David Almeida, PhD (committee members).

Using rigorous statistical methods (e.g., propensity-matching of a relatively large sample of cancer survivors and non-cancer survivors, multilevel modeling), she examined differences in stressor reactivity to insufficient sleep between cancer survivors and non-cancer survivors. Further, she tested the individual and joint associations of daily sleep and stressors with daily well-being. Both dissertation studies further explored the moderating roles of age and time since diagnoses.

Throughout her time at USF, Vigoureux has been integral to the development and success of the STEALTH Lab. Alongside Lee, she was the first lab manager at the lab’s inception and continued to support the lab in the remaining years of her PhD. Vigoureux will begin her new position as a visiting professor of psychology at the University of North Florida this fall.

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