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Bettina B. Hoeppner

A health psychologist with expertise in fine-grained longitudinal methodology, which Dr. Hoeppner uses to explicate the mechanisms underlying behavioral change. During hergraduate training (Univ. of RI, MA in psychology in 2003, MS in statistics in 2005, PhD in psychology in 2007), she collaborated on numerous health behavior change projects, which used computer-delivered expert systems based on the Transtheoretical Model to provide participants with tailored intervention materials.

A postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University (2007—2010) that focused on addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and tobacco use in adolescents and young adults. In May 2010, Dr. Hoeppner joined the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at the Massachusetts General Hospital as an Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, where she isconducting her K01 research, and serving as Director of Biostatistics at the CAM. Her K01 research project uses Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) to delineate the temporal ordering of changes in smoking outcome expectancies relative to smoking cessation by collecting fine-grained, real-time data on college student smokers undergoing smoking cessation treatment.

Dr. Hoeppner's 5-year K01 training and research plan builds upon her existing strengths of advanced statistical training and experience with theory-driven health behavior interventions to enable her to take full advantage of modern technology to delineate the causal mechanisms underlying the process of smoking cessation.


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