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The Health Psychology Lab

The Health Psychology laboratory was
established in 2000 by Dr. Ramani Durvasula.  The focus of our research
is the interface of health, health behaviors, illness and psychology. 
Our current research focus is on two areas:  adherence to healthy
behaviors and psychological factors in HIV disease.

Adherence to healthy behaviors:  We
are beginning pilot studies examining adherence to a wide variety of
healthy behaviors and risk behaviors including diet, exercise, smoking,
substance use, safe sex, preventive health behaviors, preventive health
care, and medication adherence.   This work will examine the predictors
of adherence to both healthy behaviors and engagement in risky
behaviors.  The goal of this work is to develop interventions to promote
healthy behaviors in a variety of populations.  There will be multiple
opportunities for students to become involved in this work, and
interested students are welcomed to contact Dr. Durvasula at

HIV Related Research:  Much of this
work draws from large datasets examining neurocognition and medication
adherence in HIV infected individuals.  Most of Dr. Durvasula’s HIV
related research to date has been focused on women and ethnic minority
group members.  Results of this work have been published in journals
including Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Mental Health, Journal
of the International Neuropsychological Society, and Journal of Clinical
and Experimental Neuropsychology.  In addition, this work has been
published at numerous regional, national, and international
conferences.  A recent example of research conducted by students and
faculty in this lab was the poster session entitled


  Students in Dr. Durvasula’s laboratory have presented or been
co-authors on work presented at the meetings of the Western
Psychological Association, Research Society on Alcohol, and the American
Psychological Association