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David M. Almeida

David M. Almeida

Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
dalmeida@psu.edu
http://www.hhd.psu.edu/hdfs/directory/Bio.aspx?id=DavidAlmeida


Dr. David M. Almeida is a life-span developmental psychologist with a primary focus on stress and coping during middle adulthood. His research interests center on the general question of how daily experiences within the family and other social contexts, such as work and leisure, influence individual health and well-being. In contrast to research on major life events such as marital disruption and job loss, he is interested in the health effects of everyday stressors and fulfillments such as work deadlines and family interactions. His research shows that minor daily stressors exert their influence not only through separate direct effects on emotional and physical functioning but also by accumulating over time and across different contexts to create persistent irritations and frustrations that result in more serious consequences for mental and physical health. Using MIDUS data, Almeida is investigating how cumulative exposure and reactivity to daily stressors predict changes in global health reports (e.g., chronic conditions, functional impairment) and correlate with biomarkers of health. Specific indicators include both an overall allostatic load measure, discrete measures of immune markers, and daily cortisol assessments. Almeida is beginning to explore the theme of daily stress and health in other projects. He is an Investigator of recent follow-up to of the Normative Aging Study (NAS) The NAS is a Longitudinal study of armed forces veterans from the Boston Veterans Administration started in 1961 to study the psychosocial predictors of health. In that project he is assessing trajectories of health and personality over a 40-year time frame. In addition he has added a daily diary protocol that includes daily cortisol assessments to link more macro trajectories of health to intraindividual variation in daily well-being. Almeida is PI of the Penn State Hotel and Well Being Project, Penn State's component of the NICHD and NIA sponsored Work Family Health Network, within which he and his Penn State colleagues are assessing daily experiences and health, including diurnal cortisol patterns, in a sample of hotel workers and their children and in hotel managers and their spouses.

Presently, he serves the Editorial Board of Psychology and Aging.



Representative Publications
Cichy, K. E., Stawski, R. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2014). A double-edged sword: Race, daily family support exchanges, and daily well-being. Journal of Family Issues, 35(13), 1824-1845.
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Qian, X., Yarnal, C., & Almeida, D. (2014). Does leisure time moderate or mediate the effect of daily stress on positive affect? An examination using eight-day diary data. Journal of Leisure Research, 46(1), 106-124.
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Qian, X. L., Yarnal, C., & Almeida, D. (2014). Is leisure time availability associated with more or less severe daily stressors? An examination using eight-day diary data. Leisure Sciences, 36(1), 35-51.
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Barrineau, M. J., Zarit, S. H., King, H. A., Costanzo, E. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2014). Daily well-being of cancer survivors: The role of somatic amplification. Psycho-Oncology, 23(9), 1027-1033.
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Hahn, E. A., Cichy, K. E., Small, B. J., & Almeida, D. M. (2014). Daily emotional and physical reactivity to stressors among widowed and married older adults. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69B(1), 19-28.
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Qian, X. L., Yarnal, C. M., & Almeida, D. (2014). Using the dynamic model of affect (DMA) to examine leisure time as a stress coping resource: Taking into account stress severity and gender difference. Journal of Leisure Research, 46(4), 483-505.
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Sin, N. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., & Almeida, D. M. (2014). Daily positive events and inflammation: Findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Advance online publication.
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Rickenbach, E. H., Almeida, D. M., Seeman, T. E., & Lachman, M. E. (2014). Daily stress magnifies the association between cognitive decline and everyday memory problems: An integration of longitudinal and diary methods. Psychology and Aging. Advance online publication.
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Wong, J. D., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). The Effects of employment status and daily stressors on time spent on daily household chores in middle-aged and older adults. The Gerontologist, 53(1), 81-91.
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Qian, X. L., Yarnal, C., & Almeida, D. (2013). Does leisure time as a stress coping resource increase affective complexity? Applying the dynamic model of affect (DMA). Journal of Leisure Research, 45(3), 393-414.
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Piazza, J. R., Charles, S. T., Sliwinski, M., Mogle, J., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). Affective reactivity to daily stressors and long-term risk of reporting a chronic physical health condition. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 110-120.
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Charles, S. T., Piazza, J. R., Mogle, J., Sliwinski, M. J., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). The wear-and-tear of daily stressors on mental health. Psychological Science, 24(5), 733-741.
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Ong, A. D., Exner-Cortens, D., Riffin, C., Steptoe, A., Zautra, A., & Almeida, D. (2013). Linking stable and dynamic features of positive affect to sleep. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 46(1), 52-61.
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Cleveland, H. H., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). A behavioral genetic investigation of weekend drinking among an adult sample. Substance Use and Misuse, 48(5), 359-370. .

Dmitrieva, N. O., Almeida, D. M., Dmitrieva, J., Loken, E., & Pieper, C. F. (2013). A day-centered approach to modeling cortisol: Diurnal cortisol profiles and their associations among U.S. Adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(10), 2354-2365.
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Karlamangla, A. S., Friedman, E. M., Seeman, T. E., Stawksi, R. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). Daytime trajectories of cortisol: Demographic and socioeconomic differences- findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2585-2597.
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Stawski, R. S., Cichy, K. E., Piazza, J. R., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). Associations among daily stressors and salivary cortisol: Findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(11), 2654-2665.
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Robinette, J. W., Charles, S. T., Mogle, J. A., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). Neighborhood cohesion and daily well-being: Results from a diary study. Social Science and Medicine.
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Barnett, R. C., Brennan, R. T., Gareis, K. C., Ertel, K. A., Berkman, L. F., & Almeida, D. M. (2012). Conservation of resources theory in the context of multiple roles: An analysis of within- and cross-role mediational pathways. Community, Work & Family, 15(2), 131-148.
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Hartley, S., Seltzer, M.M., Hong, J., Greenberg, J., Smith, L., Almeida, D., Coe, C., & Abbeduto, L. (2012). Cortisol response to behavior problems in FMR1 premutation mothers of adolescents and adults with fragile X syndrome: A diathesis-stress model. International Journal of Behavior and Development, 36(1)53-61.

Costanzo, E. S., Stawski, R. S., Ryff, C. D., Coe, C. L., & Almeida, D. (2012). Cancer survivors' responses to daily stress: Implications for quality of life. Health Psychology, 31(3), 360-370.
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Barker, E. T., Greenberg, J. S., Seltzer, M. M., & Almeida, D. M. (2012). Daily stress and cortisol patterns in parents of adult children with a serious mental illness. Health Psychology, 31(1), 130-134.
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Friedman, E. M., Karlamangla, A. S., Almeida, D. M., & Seeman, T. E. (2012). Social strain and cortisol regulation in Midlife in the US. Social Science & Medicine, 74(4), 607-615.
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Cichy, K. E., Stawski, R. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2012). Racial differences in exposure and reactivity to daily family stressors. Journal of Marriage & Family, 74(3), 572-586.
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Piazza, J. R., Charles, S. T., Stawski, R. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2012). Age and the association between negative affective states and diurnal cortisol. Psychology and Aging, 28(1), 47-56.
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Almeida, D. M., Piazza, J. R., Stawski, R. S., & Klein, L. C. (2011). The speedometer of life: Stress, health and aging. In K. W. Schaie & S. L. Willis (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of aging (7th ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
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Hahn, E., Cichy, K. E., Almeida, D. M., & Haley, W. E. (2011). Time use and well-being in older widows: Adaptation and resilience. Journal of Women & Aging, 23(2), 149-159.
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Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Bonanno, G. A., & Almeida, D. M. (2011). Spousal loss predicts alterations in diurnal cortisol activity through prospective changes in positive emotion. Health Psychology, 30(2), 220-227.
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Stawski, R. S., Almeida, D. M., Lachman, M. E., Tun, P. A., Rosnick, C. B., & Seeman, T. (2011). Associations between cognitive function and naturally occurring daily cortisol during middle adulthood: Timing is everything. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66B(suppl 1), i71-i81.
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Birditt, K. S., Cichy, K. E., & Almeida, D. (2011). Age differences in exposure and reactivity to interpersonal tensions among Black and White individuals across adulthood. Race and Social Problems, 3(3), 225-239.
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Smith, L. E., Hong, J., Seltzer, M. M., Greenberg, J., Almeida, D. M., & Bishop, S. (2010). Daily experiences among mothers of adolescents and adults with ASD. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 40(2), 167-178.
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Stawski, R.S., Almeida, D.M., Lachman, M.E., Tun, P.A., & Rosnick, D.B. (2010). Fluid cognitive ability is associated with greater exposure and smaller reactions to daily stressors. Psychology & Aging, 25(2), 330-342.
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Seltzer, M.M., Greenberg, J.S., Hong, J., Smith, L.E., Almeida, D.M., Coe, C., et al. (2010). Maternal cortisol levels and behavior problems in adolescents and adults with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(4), 457-469.
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Almeida, D. M., Stawski, R. S., & Cichy, K. E. (2010). Combining checklist and interview approaches for assessing daily stressors: The Daily Inventory of Stressful Events. In R. J. Contrada & A. Baum (Eds.), The handbook of stress science: Biology, psychology, and health. New York, NY: Springer.

Mallers, M. H., Charles, S. T., Neupert, S., & Almeida, D. M. (2010). Perceptions of childhood relationships with mother and father: Daily emotional and stressor experiences in adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 46(6), 1651-1661.
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Piazza, J. R., Almeida, D. M., Dmitrieva, N. O., & Klein, L. C. (2010). Frontiers in the use of biomarkers of health in research on stress and aging. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 65B(5), 513-525.
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Charles, S. T., Luong, G., Almeida, D. M., Ryff, C., Sturm, M., & Love, G. (2010). Fewer ups and downs: Daily stressors mediate age differences in negative affect. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 65B(3), 279-286.

Charles, S. T., Luong, G., Almeida, D. M., Ryff, C., Sturm, M., & Love, G. (2010). Fewer ups and downs: Daily stressors mediate age differences in negative affect. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Advance online publication.

Almeida, D. M., Wong, J. D. (2009). Life transition and stress: A life course perspective on daily stress processes. In G. H. Elder & J. Z. Ziele (Eds.), The craft of life course research. New York: Guilford Press.

Seltzer, M. M., Almeida, D. M., Greenberg, J., Savla, J., Stawski, R. S., Hong, J., & Taylor, J. L. (2009). Psychosocial and biological markers of daily lives of midlife parents of children with disabilities. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 50(1), 1-15.
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Almeida, D.M., McGonagle, K., & King, H.A. (2009). Assessing daily stress processes in social surveys by combining stressor exposure and salivary cortisol. Biodemography and Social Biology, 55(2), 219-237.
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Charles, S.T., Piazza, J.R., Luong, G., & Almeida, D.M. (2009). Now you see it, now you don't: Age differences in affective reactivity to social tensions. Psychology & Aging, 24(3), 645-653.
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Seltzer, M. M., Abbeduto, L., Greenberg, J. S., Hong, J., Almeida, D. M., & Witt, W. (2009). Biomarkers in the study of families of children with developmental disabilities: A twin fixed-effect study in the USA. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 37, 213-249.
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Almeida, D. M., Piazza, J. R., & Stawski, R. S. (2009). Interindividual differences and intraindividual variability in the cortisol awakening response: An examination of age and gender. Psychology and Aging, 24(4), 819-827.
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Sliwinski, M. J., Almeida, D. M., Smuth, J., & Stawski, R. S. (2009). Intraindividual change and variability in daily stress processes: Findings from two diary burst studies. Psychology & Aging, 24(4), 828-840.
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Aronson, K., Almeida, D. M., Stawski, R., & Kline, L. (2008). Smoking is associated with worse mood on stressful days: Results of a national diary study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 259-269.
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Almeida, D. M., & Wethington, E. (2008). Assessment of stressor exposure using telephone diaries: The Daily Inventory of Stressful Events. In R. F. Belli, F. P. Stafford, & D. F. Alwin (Eds.), Calendar and time diary methods in life course research. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Davis, K. D., Goodman, W. B., Pirretti, A. E., & Almeida, D. M. (2008). Nonstandard work schedules, perceived family well-being, and daily stressors. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70(4), 991-1003.
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Almeida, D. M., Charles, S. T., & Neupert, S. D. (2008). Assessing Health Behaviors Across Individuals, Situations, and Time. In K. W. Schaie, & R. P Abeles (Eds.), Social Structures and Aging Individuals: Continuing Challenges. New York: Springer.

Edwards, R. R., Almeida, D. M., Klick, B., Haythorthwaite, J., & Smith, T. M. (2008). Duration of sleep contributes to next-day pain report in the general population. Pain, 137, 202-207.
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Grzywacz, J. G., Butler, A. B., & Almeida, D. M., (2008). Work, family and health: Work-family balance as a protective factor against stresses of daily life. In A. Marcus-Newhall, D. F. Halpern, & S. J. Tan (Eds.), Changing Realities of Work and Family (pp. 194-216). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Neupert, S.D., Stawski, R.S., & Almeida, D.M. (2008). Considerations for sampling time in aging research. In S. M. Hofer, & D. F. Alwin (Eds.), The Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (pp. 492-505). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Grzywacz, J. G., & Almeida, D. M. (2008). Stress and binge drinking: A daily process examination of stressors pile-up and socioeconomic status in affect regulation. International Journal of Stress Management, 15, 364-380.
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Savla, J., Almeida, D. M., & Zarit, S. (2008). Routine assistance to parents: Effects on daily mood and other stressors. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 63, S154-S161.
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Stawski, R. S., Almeida, D. M, Sliwinski, M. J., & Smyth, J. M. (2008). Reported exposure and emotional reactivity to daily stressors: The roles of adult age and global perceived stress. Psychology and Aging, 23, 52-61.

Charles, S.T., & Almeida, D.M. (2007). Genetic and environmental effects on daily life stressors: More evidence for greater variation in later life. Psychology and Aging, 22, 331-340.
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Neupert, S.D., Almeida, D.M., & Charles, S.T. (2007). Age differences in reactivity to daily stressors: The role of personal control. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 62, P216-P225.
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Piazza, J.R., Charles, S.T., & Almeida, D.M. (2007). Living with chronic health conditions: Age differences in affective well-being. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 62B(6), P313-P321.
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Almeida, D. M., Serido, J., & McDonald D. (2006). Daily life stressors of early and late baby boomers. In S.K. Whitbourne & S.L. Willis (Eds.), The Baby Boomers at Midlife: Contemporary Perspectives on Middle Age. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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Almeida, D. M., Mroczek, D. K., & Neiss, M. (2006). Can self-regulation explain age differences in daily, weekly, and monthly reports of psychological distress? In L. Carstensen & K.W. Schaie (Eds.), Social Structure, Aging and Self-Regulation. New York: Springer.
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Almeida, D. M., & Neiss, M. (2006). Age differences in daily weekly and monthly reports of affective distress: Social influences on adult personality, self-regulation, and health. In L. Carstensen & K. W. Schaie (Eds.), Social Structure, Aging and Self-Regulation. New York: Springer.

Charles, S. T., & Almeida, D. M. (2006). Daily reports of symptoms and negative affect: Not all symptoms are the same. Psychology and Health, 21, 1-17.
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Neupert, S. D., Almeida, D. M., Mroczek, D. K.,& Spiro, A. (2006). Daily stressors and memory failures in a naturalistic setting: Findings from the VA Normative Aging Study. Psychology and Aging, 21, 424-429.

Almeida, D. M. (2005). Resilience and vulnerability to daily stressors assessed via diary methods. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14(2), 62-68.
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Almeida, D. M., & McDonald, D. A. (2005). The national story: How Americans spend their time on work, family and community. In J. Heymann & C. Beem (Eds.), Unfinished work: Building equality and democracy in an era of working famlies (pp. 180-203). New York, NY: New Press.
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Birditt, K. S., Fingerman, K. L., & Almeida, D. M. (2005). Age differences in exposure and reactions to interpersonal tensions: A daily diary study. Psychology & Aging, 20(2), 330-340.
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Almeida, D. M., Neupert, S. D., Banks, S. R., & Serido, J. (2005). Do daily stress processes account for socioeconomic health disparities. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 60B(Special Issue II), 34-39.
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Mallers, M.C., Almeida, D.M., & Neupert, S.D. (2005). Women's daily physical health symptoms and stressful experiences across adulthood. Psychology & health, 20(3), 389-403.
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Almeida, D. M., & McDonald, D. (2005). The time Americans spend working for pay, caring for families, and contributing to communities. In J. Heymann (Ed.) Unfinished Work: Balancing equality and democracy in an era of working families (pp. 180-203). New York: The New Press.

Almeida, D. M., & Horn, M. C. (2004). Is daily life more stressful during middle adulthood? In O. G. Brim & C. D. Ryff & R. C. Kessler (Eds.), How healthy are we?: A national study of well-being at midlife (pp. 425-451). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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Neiss, M. & Almeida, D. M. (2004). Age differences in the heritability of mean and intraindividual variation of psychological distress. Gerontology, 50, 22-27.
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Serido, J., Almeida, D. M., & Wethington, E. (2004). Chronic stressors and daily hassles: unique and interactive relationships with psychological distress. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 45, 17-33.
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Almeida, D. M. (2004). Using daily diaries to assess temporal friction between work and family. In A. C. Crouter & A. Booth (Eds.), Work-family challenges for low income parents and their children (pp. 127-136). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.
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Grzywacz, J. G., Almeida, D. M., Neupert, S. D., & Ettner, S. L. (2004). Socioeconomic status and health: A micro-level analysis of exposure and vulnerability to daily stressors. Journal of Health & Social Behavior, 45(March), 1-16.
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McDonald, D. A., & Almeida, D. M. (2004). The interweave of fathers' daily work experiences and fathering behaviors. Fathering, 2, 235-251.
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Mroczek, D. K., & Almeida, D. M. (2004). The effect of daily stress, personality, and age on daily negative affect. Journal of Personality, 72(2), 355-378.
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Mroczek, D. K., Spiro, A. I., & Almeida, D. M. (2003). Between- and within-person variation in affect and personality over days and years: How basic and applied approaches can inform one another. Ageing International, 28(3), 260-278.
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Martin, M., Frey, C., Oswald, F., & Almeida, D. M. (2003). Alter als Pradiktor fur Alltagsanforderungen im hoheren Alter. Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 36(1), 42-49.

Almeida, D. M., Wethington, E., & Kessler, R. C. (2002). The daily inventory of stressful events (DISE): An interview-based approach for measuring daily stressors. Assessment, 9(1), 41-55.
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Grzywacz, J. G., Almeida, D. M., & McDonald, D. A. (2002). Work-family spillover and daily reports of work and family stress in the adult labor force. Family Relations, 51(1), 28-36.
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Wethington, E., Almeida, D., Brown, G. W., Frank, E., & Kessler, R. C. (2001). The assessment of stressor exposure. In A. Vingerhoets (Ed.), Assessment in behavioral medicine. New York: Taylor & Francis.
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Almeida, D. M., McDonald, D. A., Havens, J., & Schervish, P. (2001). Temporal patterns in social responsibility. In A. Rossi (Ed.), Caring and doing for others: Social responsibility in the domains of family, work, and community (pp. 135-156). Chicago, IL, US: University of Chicago Press.
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Almeida, D. M., Wethington, E., & McDonald, D. A. (2001). Daily variation in paternal engagement and negative mood: Implications for emotionally supportive and conflictual interactions. Journal of Marriage & the Family, 63(2), 417-429.
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Kessler, R. C., Almeida, D. M., Berglund, P., & Stang, P. (2001). Pollen and mold exposure impairs the work performance of employees with allergic rhinitis. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 87, 289-295.
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McDonald, D., & Almeida, D. M. (2001). Father's interactions with their adolescents. In R. M. Lerner & J. V. Lerner (Eds.), Today's teenagers: Adolescents from A to Z. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.

Almeida, D. M., Wethington, E., & Chandler, A. (1999). Daily transmission of tensions between marital dyads and parent-child dyads. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61(1), 49-61.
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