Heather Patrick , PhD
Research Area: Behavioral medicine, health psychology, physical activity, nutrition, energy balance, tobacco, close relationships/families and health, health behavior theory, motivation, multiple health behavior change, behavior change and maintenance
Heather Patrick is a Health Scientist/Program Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB). She earned her Doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Houston in 2003, with a quantitative concentration. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Nutrition at the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. During her post-doctoral training, Dr. Patrick was selected to attend the first Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory (NCI, 2004). Prior to coming to NCI, Dr. Patrick was on the faculty in the Departments of Medicine and Clinical and Social Psychology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where she completed work on a large tobacco-cessation induction trial and a computerized intervention to promote physical activity among sedentary young adults. Her research interests include health promotion/disease prevention, applications of theory to health behavior change and maintenance, use of technology for data capture and health behavior interventions, and the interplay between close relationships and health - from promotion through survivorship.
Secondary Branch Appointment:
Office of the Associate Director (OAD)
Current and past BRP mentors include Erica Breslau.