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Degree:B.A. in Psychology, UCLA, 1992
M.A. in Social Psychology with a Quantitative Emphasis, Arizona State University, 1994
Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a Quantitative Emphasis, Arizona State University, 1997
Research Interests:The broad goals of my work are to use biopsychosocial models of health behavior to design, implement, and evaluate theory-based behavior change interventions to improve preventative health behavior. I currently focus on HIV/STD prevention and exercise promotion. Highly innovative aspects of my work involve using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and DNA collection to test key genetic and neurocognitive moderators of intervention effects and examine theory-based linkages between biological and social factors. With students and postdocs, I pursue secondary interests in evoluationary social psychology with a focus on attraction and mating.
Responsiblities:I am director of the SHERPA lab, a Professor of Psychology and the head of the Health Psychology PhD program at UNM. I am also a faculty member at the Center on Alcoholism Substance Abuse and Addictions and a Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the Mind Research Network.
About Me:I am married to Kent Hutchison, also a Professor at UNM and MRN, and we collaborate both professionally and personally. We have two daughters, Ainsley and Finley, who are responsible for most of our free time. In what is left of our free time we like trail running with our dogs and wine collecting/tasting.