Staff: Arielle S. Gillman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Arielle S. Gillman

Arielle S. Gillman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Current Fellow

Cancer Prevention Fellow
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Arielle Gillman, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Cancer Prevention Fellow (CPF) in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB) of the Behavioral Research Program.

Dr. Gillman's research interests focus on the interplay between cognitive and affective psychological processes as they influence health behavior motivation, decision making, engagement, and maintenance. She is particularly interested in understanding how affective and emotional factors affect engagement in health-related behavior. Her previous work has focused on identifying strategies to help make the affective experience of health-protective behaviors such as cardiovascular exercise more pleasant, including mindfulness, distraction, and "gamifying" exercise via mobile apps. Additionally, Dr. Gillman is interested in how risk perceptions and other cognitive beliefs interact with affective factors to drive health-related decision making across several behavioral contexts including healthy eating, exercise, receipt of genetic testing results, sun-protective behaviors, cancer care decisions, and other behaviors. Dr. Gillman is also interested in quantitative methods for behavioral science research.

Dr. Gillman received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder, with a certificate in Quantitative Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Her B.A.s are in Neuroscience and Art History from the University of Southern California.

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

Research Areas

  • Cognitive, affective, and social psychological processes in health behavior promotion
  • Health motivation, judgment, and decision making

Selected Publications and Presentations

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