Sam Cacace

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Dr. Sam Cacace is an interpersonal social psychologist with expertise in experimental and quantitative psychology, military psychology, and group dynamics. For the last four years, she has examined social factors that impact well-being and health in military service members. Now, at the Center for Family and Community Engagement at North Carolina State University, she is working to connect military families, service members, and veterans to community resources and enhance quality of life through research and engagement.

Teaching and Research Interests

Military psychology, intergroup relations, dyadic interactions, health and wellness in military service members and veterans, masculinity, leadership


Cacace, S.C. & Smith, E. (2019). Unheard voices: A mixed-methods needs assessment for transitioning military, veterans, and military-serving non-profit leadership in North Carolina.

Cacace, S.C., Desmarais, S.D., Smith, E.J. (2019). The role of stigma against military identity in health and well-being for U.S. military service members and veterans.


Cacace, S.C. (2020). “Be all that you can be”: Building a cohesive model for military self-identity in early career and veteran U.S. military service members. Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 7(1). (in press)


Desmarais, S., Neupert, S., Widman, L., Evans, R., Javidi, H., Cacace, S., & Nance, A. (2019, November). Role of stress in middle school students’ intentions to misuse opioids. Presentation at the APHA 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo, Philadelphia, PA. (pending)

Zottola, S.A., Cacace, S.C., Desmarais, S.L., Cruise, K.R., Karbowski, T., Klaver, J. (2019, June) Psychometric evaluation of the LS/CMI in a sample of transitional age youth. Presentation at the 2019 International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services annual meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Cacace, S., Lefebvre, E., & Berry, P. (2019). Veteran voices: A conversation on veteran and transitioning military needs from primary sources. Panel presentation at the 2019 NCSTRIVE conference, Raleigh, NC.

Cacace, S. (2019). Better together: Building a model of well-being and social connection for military service members and veterans. Lecture session at the 2019 Society for Military Psychology (APA Division 19) Regional Symposium, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC.

Cacace, S. (2018). “Be all that you can be”: Building a cohesive model for military self-identity in early career and veteran U.S. military service members. Lecture session at the 2018 American Association for Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Cacace, S. (2018). Social factors affecting well-being in U.S. military service members. Poster session at the 2018 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cacace, S. (2017). Honest self-disclosure and attraction in online and face-to-face environments. Poster session at the 2017 Association for Psychological Science Conference, Boston, MA.

Cacace, S. (2017). Cooperation and competition in face-to-face and computer-mediated interactions. Poster session at the 2017 WSU Academic Showcase, Pullman, WA.

Cacace, S. (2017). Military identity and well-being among early-career ROTC students and campus veterans. Lecture session at the 2017 Western Psychology Association Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Cacace, S., Knight, T., & Pion, S. (2012). Cultural lag: A theory of technological impact. Poster session at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Cacace, S. (2011). Technology and loneliness: Technology’s interference in social interaction. Poster session at the 119th meeting of the American Psychology Association (Division 8), Washington, D.C.

Cacace, S. Knight, T., & Pion, S. (2011). Cultural lag among minorities: A theory of technological impact on employment and community engagement. Paper presentation at the 19th Annual Imhotep Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Tallahassee, FL.


  • PhD in Experimental/Social Psychology from Washington State University, 2018
  • MA in Experimental Psychology from North Carolina Central University, 2012
  • BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University, 2010