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April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This presentation will focus on developing and testing health behavior interventions that are theory based, co-designed with the target population, and focused on motivating change, particularly among those who are not ready to change. The talk will be followed by a discussion of how health psychologists and communications scholars approach health behavior change paradigms in similar and different ways, and points for synergy and interdisciplinary collaboration. Location: COM 209

Dr. Borrelli is Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research, and Director of Behavioral Science Research at Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She is also Visiting Professor at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Dr. Borrelli is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in motivating behavior change, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She has held over 20 NIH grant awards as PI and Co-I, and numerous grant awards from other agencies. Her research has focused on developing and testing treatments to motivate smoking cessation and secondhand smoke reduction, improving oral health, and promoting adherence to treatment for chronic diseases. She specializes in integrating theory based treatments into public health contexts, and targeting underserved populations. Dr. Borrelli is also developing and testing mobile health platforms to initiate and sustain health behavior change. She is the Lead Co-Director for the Boston University Mobile and Electronic ARC. Dr. Borrelli has served on grant review panels in the US, Europe, and the UK and is a Fellow of the American College of Reviewers. She served as an advisor to NIDCR and NHLBI on treatment fidelity, and has published several invited articles on best practice guidelines that have been widely disseminated. She provided expert testimony to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on motivating health behavior change. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has served as Associate Editor/Senior Associate Editor at two leading journals in psychology and one in addiction science, and Editor and Co-Editor of two special issues; one on underserved populations and one on mobile health.



April 5
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


College of Communication


College of Communication
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 United States
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