About me

I am currently a Statistician at the US Government Accountability Office. Before this, I received my Ph.D. in 2017 from the Community Psychology program at the University of Virginia. My research at UVa examined the impact of poverty on parenting behaviors and child achievement, and schools and classroom as interventions for economically disadvantaged children.

If you look around, you will find some blog posts, publications, and relevant code. You can also see a copy of my resume here.



Portnow, S., Downer, J. T., & Brown, J. (2018). Reductions in aggressive behavior within the context of a universal, social emotional learning program: Classroom-and student-level mechanisms. Journal of school psychology, 68, 38-52.

Edwards, C. B., Portnow, S., Namaky, N., & Teachman, B. A. (2018). Training less threatening interpretations over the Internet: Impact of priming anxious imagery and using a neutral control condition. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 42(6), 832-843.

Chow, P. I., Portnow, S., Zhang, D., Salemink, E., Wiers, R. W., & Teachman, B. A. (2018). Comorbid interpretation and expectancy bias in social anxiety and alcohol use. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 31(6), 669-685.

Portnow, S. (dissertation). Family Income and School Readiness Skills

Portnow, S., & Hussain, S. (2016). Income and Cognitive Stimulation: A Reanalysis of the Minnesota Family Investment Program. Prevention Science, 17(5), 565-571.

Oettingen, G., Mayer, D., & Portnow, S. (2016). Pleasure now, pain later: Positive fantasies about the future predict symptoms of depression. Psychological Science, 27(3), 345-353.