Staff: Jessica Welch, B.S.

Jessica Welch

Jessica Welch, B.S.

Former Fellow, Transitioned Outside of the Program

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
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Jessica Welch, B.S., was a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB) of the Behavioral Research Program.

Ms. Welch holds a bachelor's degree in clinical exercise science with a minor in psychology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Ms. Welch is also a certified Health and Wellness Coach from Wellcoaches, American College of Sports Medicine, and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist through the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence. Her research interests include behavior modification, motivation, personality, and emotions regarding high-risk cancer behaviors such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.

Ms. Welch's past research experience includes narrative transport via health messages about indoor sun tanning, eye-tracking and memory, and the effects of exercise on postprandial responses.

From her experience working with clients, Ms. Welch's primary interests shifted from studying health behaviors themselves (i.e., exercise and dietary changes) to the factors that motivate people to change their behaviors.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Rebecca Ferrer and Erin Ellis.