Scott P. Mirabile

Associate Professor of Psychology

On Sabbatical 08/01/2023 - 08/01/2024
Scott Mirabile


A native son of New Orleans, Scott earned a B.A. in psychology from Clemson University and returned home to earn both his Masters and PhD in psychology from the University of New Orleans. Scott researches the development of socioemotional competence in early and middle childhood. Topics of interest include parents’ inconsistency in emotion socialization, the dynamic nature of emotion socialization over time, and how teachers contribute to children’s emotional competence. An enthusiast of the zombie genre, he has presented and authored a book chapter on the psychology of surviving a zombie apocalypse.

Courses Recently Taught
  • CORE 101 What We Can Learn from Zombies
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 230 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 330L Developmental Psychology with Lab
  • PSYC 398/498 Off-Campus Internship
  • PSYC 431 Infant and Child Development
  • PSYC 490 Senior Seminar
  • PSYC 493/494 St. Mary's Project

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Early childhood
  • Emotion socialization
  • Socioemotional competence
  • Parenting
  • Emotion regulation
  • Student feedback on teaching
  • Zombies

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Writing

Internal Affiliations


  • B.A. in Psychology at Clemson University, 2003
  • M.S. in Psychology at University of New Orleans, 2006
  • Ph.D. in Psychology at University of New Orleans, 2009


  • Andy Kozak Faculty Contribution to Student Life Award - 2018


  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, a Natural Sciences and Mathematics Colloquium

    The NS&M Colloquium "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" was co-presented by Steve Reese (class of 2012), Dr. Leah Eller (Chemistry) and Dr. Scott Mirabile (Psychology). Reese, Eller, and Mirabile presented scholarly approaches to understanding the potential biology behind an infectious disease capable of producing zombie-like symptoms, the chemistry of surviving on limited resources in limited space, and the interpersonal dynamics and psychological consequences of long-term isolation and stress in an unsafe environment. This room-packing presentation has since been repeated in multiple venues with additional presenters from other academic fields. Dr. Mirabile has since been contracted to contribute to a scholarly text on the zombie apocalypse (publication date pending).

  • Publications

    Webb, L., Stegall, S., Mirabile, S. P., Zeman, J., Shields, A., & Perry-Parrish, C. (2016). The Management and Expression of Pride: Age and Gender Effects. Journal of Adolescence, 52, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.06.009.

    Mirabile, S. P. & *Kodluboy, C. (2015). Description and validation of a teacher-report version of the Self-Expressiveness in the Family Questionnaire. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-10. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2015.1060215

    Mirabile, S. P. (2015). Ignoring children’s emotions: a novel ignoring subscale for the Coping with Children’s Negative Emotions Scale. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2015.1037735

    Mirabile, S. P. (2014). Parents’ inconsistent emotion socialization and children’s socioemotional adjustment. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35, 392-400. doi:

  • But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur

    Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications