Health Behavior Change

Health Behavior ChangeResearch in this area looks at ways to explain and predict behavior and intervene to promote healthy behavior change. Our faculty are looking at ways to address high-risk behaviors through brief counseling, technology and mobile health. Faculty are also interested in generating accurate inference results in health behavior research though advanced meta-analysis and innovative statistical approaches.

Related Faculty

Dr. Ashenafi S Cherkos
Dr. Melissa Lewis
Dr. Dana Litt
Dr. Eun-Young Mun
Dr. Teresa Wagner
Dr. Scott Walters
Dr. Zhengyang Zhou

Faculty Publications

  • Raines-Milenkov, A., Felini, M., Baker, E. et al…& Wagner, T. (2021). Hepatitis B Virus Awareness, Infection, and Screening Multiethnic Community Intervention for Foreign-Born Populations. Journal of Community Health.
  • Raines-Milenkov, A., Felini, M., Baker, E. et al…Wagner, T. & Hughes, J. (2021). Willingness of a Multiethnic Immigrant Population to Donate Biospecimens for Research Purposes. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 23(4).
  • Wagner, T. (2019) Incorporating Health Literacy into English as a Second Language Classes. Journal of Health Literacy and Practice, 3(3), S37-S41. 
  • Field, C. A., Walters, S. T., Marti, C. N., Jun, J., Foreman, M., & Brown, C. (2014). A multisite randomized controlled trial of brief intervention to reduce drinking in the trauma care setting: How brief is brief? Annals of Surgery, 259(5), 873-80.
  • Walters, S. T., Spence-Almaguer, E., Hill, W., & Abraham, S. (2015). Health coaching and technology with vulnerable clients. Social Work Today, 15(5) 6-7.
  • Walters, S. T., Ondersma, S. J., Ingersoll, K. S., Rodriguez, M., Lerch, J., Rossheim, M. E., & Taxman, F. S. (2014). MAPIT: Development of a web-based intervention targeting substance abuse treatment in the criminal justice system. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46, 60-65.
  • Lewis, M. A., Rhew, I. C., Fairlie, A. M., Swanson, A. Anderson, J. & Kaysen, D. L. (2019). Evaluating personalized feedback intervention framing with a randomized controlled trial to reduce young adult alcohol-related sexual risk taking. Prevention Science, 310-320.
  • Lewis, M. A., Patrick, M. E., Litt, D. M., Blayney, J. A., Atkins, D. C., Kim, T., Norris, J., George, W. H., & Larimer, M. E. (2014). Randomized controlled trial of a web-delivered personalized normative feedback intervention to reduce alcohol-related risky sexual behavior. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 429-440. 1037/a0035550 PMCID: PMC4029925
  • Litt, D. M., Zhou, Z., Fairlie, A. M., Waldron, K. A., Geusens, F., & Lewis, M. A. (2023). Experimental test of drinking and abstaining social media content on adolescent and young adult social norms and alcohol use. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 84, 700-709.
  • Litt, D. M., Zhou, Z., Fairlie, A. M., King, K. M., Cross, A., Kannard, E., Geusens, F., & Lewis, M. A. (2023). Daily-level examination indicates that positive affect, but not negative affect, is associated with alcohol and marijuana use among adolescents and young adults. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, epub ahead of print.
  • Litt, D. M., Lewis, M. A., Spiro, E., Aulck, L., Waldron, K. A., Swanson, A., & Head-Corliss, M. K. (2018). #drunktwitter:  An examination of the relationship between self-reported drinking behavior and publicly available Twitter activity.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 193, 75-82. doi: 1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.08.021
  • Testa, M., Livingston, J. A., Wang, W., & Lewis, M. A. (2019). Preventing college sexual assault by reducing hookups: A randomized controlled trial of a personalized normative feedback intervention. Prevention Science, 21, 388-397. org/10.1007/s11121-020-01098-3