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.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Health Psychology
- Internet and Virtual Psychology
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Social Cognition
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- Barta, W. D., Portnoy, D. B., Kiene, S. M., Tennen, H., Abu-Hasaballah, K. S., & Ferrer, R. (2008). A daily process investigation of alcohol-involved sexual risk behavior among economically disadvantaged problem drinkers living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS and Behavior, 12, 729-740.
- Budman, S. H., Portnoy, D., & Villapiano, A. (2003, Spring/Summer). How to get technological innovation used in behavioral healthcare: Build it and they still might not come. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 40, 45-54.
- Portnoy, D. B. (2010). Waiting is the hardest part: Anticipating medical test results affects processing and recall of important information. Social Science & Medicine, 421-428.
- Portnoy, D. B., Roter, D., & Erby, L. H. (2010). The role of numeracy on client knowledge in BRCA genetic counseling. Patient Education & Counseling, 131-136.
- Portnoy, D. B., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Johnson, B. T., & Carey, M. (2008). Computer-delivered interventions for health promotion and behavioral risk reduction: A meta-analysis of 75 randomized controlled trials, 1988-2007. Preventive Medicine, 47, 3-16.
- Portnoy, D. B., Smoak, N. D., & Marsh, K. L. (2010). Perceiving interpersonally-mediated risk in virtual environments. Virtual Reality, 14, 67-76.
- 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.
- Principles of Research in Psychology
- Social Psychology
David B. Portnoy
Center for Tobacco Products
9200 Corportate Boulevard
Rockville, Maryland 20850
- Phone: (301) 796-9298
- Skype Name: dp2775