Staff: Alexander Persoskie, Ph.D.

Alexander Persoskie

Alexander Persoskie, Ph.D.

Former Fellow, Transitioned Outside of the Program

Fellow - Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
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Dr. Persoskie was a postdoctoral fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch of the Behavioral Research Program. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Allegheny College and a doctorate in behavioral decision research from Carnegie Mellon University.

At NCI, much of his research focused on the psychological processes underlying the perception of risk. Specific interests include assessing biases in risk perception, exploring ways to mitigate the defensive processing of risk, and distinguishing the cognitive and affective components of risk perception. He explores the health and public policy implications of risk in the domains of tobacco use, medical care avoidance, and disease coping, among others. His research employs a mix of traditional and innovative methodologies. He collaborated widely across the Behavioral Research Program as well as externally, and he led a variety of working groups on topical issues related to psychological aspects of cancer prevention and control.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Wendy Nelson.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Persoskie A., Kaufman A.R., Leyva B. Receiving and adhering to lifestyle modification counseling for hypertension: disparities between smokers and nonsmokers. J Clin Hypertens 2014; 16(6):429-436.

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