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David B. Portnoy

David B. Portnoy

My research mainly focuses on applying sound social psychological theories of attitudes and judgment and decision-making to measuring and changing health behavior. Specifically, I am interested in the reasons for getting medical testing (such as cancer screening), risk perception in genetic testing, how changing temporal focus can motivate actions toward a long-term health goal, and the relation between implicit attitudes and high-risk sexual behavior.

I have additional research interests in the use of technology, including virtual reality and computer-based behavioral health interventions, for the measurement of health attitudes and behaviors as well as for health behavior change.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Health Psychology
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Portnoy, D. B. (2007). Deception (methodological technique). In R. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (pp. 222-223). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Research in Psychology
  • Social Psychology

David B. Portnoy
Center for Tobacco Products
9200 Corportate Boulevard
CORP 030A-23
Rockville, Maryland 20850
United States

  • Phone: (301) 796-9298
  • Skype Name: dp2775

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