National Cancer Institute
Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Current Fellow
Fellow - Cancer Prevention Fellow
Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Erin Ellis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch of the Behavioral Research Program. Dr. Ellis' research interests center on health decision making, particularly the interplay between cognitive and affective factors as joint predictors of health behaviors, and the integration of dual process theories of cognition with health decision-making models. Her empirical work involves utilizing innovative experimental methodologies to measure and change affect and emotion in order to elucidate the decision-making mechanisms driving a range of health behaviors, from the behavioral choices contributing to cancer risk through the process of care following an illness diagnosis. Dr. Ellis is also interested in how affect and emotion influence risk perceptions, information processing, and other facets of decision making.

Dr. Ellis earned her doctorate in Community Health and Health Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds an MS in Higher Education Administration from the University at Rochester and a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Her dissertation research utilized an experimental paradigm to manipulate people's feelings about condoms via implicit processes and examined the effects of this manipulation on subsequent condom use behavior.

Current and past BRP mentors include Rebecca Ferrer and William Klein.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Ferrer RA, Padgett L, Ellis EM. Extending emotion and decision-making beyond the laboratory: The promise of palliative care contexts.. Emotion 2016 Aug; 16(5):581-6.

Ellis EM, Collins RL, Homish GG, Parks KA, Kiviniemi MT. Perceived controllability of condom use shifts reliance on implicit versus explicit affect.. Health Psychol 2016 Aug; 35(8):842-6.

Ellis EM, Orom H, Giovino GA, Kiviniemi MT. Race/Ethnic differences in relations of psychological distress on fruit and vegetable consumption and smoking behavior. Health Psychol 2015; 35:966-9.

Ellis EM, Homish GG, Parks KA, Collins RL, Kiviniemi MT. Increasing condom use by changing people's feelings about them: An experimental study. Health Psychol 2015 Sep; 34(9):941-50.

Ellis EM, Kiviniemi MT, Cook-Cottone C. Implicit affective associations predict snack choice for those with low, but not high levels of eating disorder symptomatology. Appetite 2014 June; 77:122-30.

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