Staff: Laura Dwyer, Ph.D.
Laura Dwyer, Ph.D.
Contractor - Cape Fox Facilities Services
- Office of the Associate Director (OAD)
- Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
Laura Dwyer, Ph.D., was a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) of the Behavioral Research Program (BRP). She earned a doctorate in applied social psychology from the George Washington University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.
Dr. Dwyer's research interests focus on psychosocial and environmental correlates of health behaviors, and she is particularly interested in the interplay of multiple behavioral correlates in promoting health. As a doctoral student, she focused on experimental and survey research to examine: theory-based constructs related to health and health risk-taking behaviors, moderators of UV photography messaging on sun safety cognitions, and factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health. During her fellowship, Dr. Dwyer examined both psychosocial and environmental correlates of several health behaviors (including diet, physical activity, and sun safety behaviors) by conducting quantitative analyses and reviewing existing research. She also provides support to the Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) Study.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include Linda Nebeling.
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Dwyer LA, Bolger N, Laurenceau JP, Patrick H, Oh AY, Nebeling LC, Hennessy E. Autonomous Motivation and Fruit/Vegetable Intake in Parent-Adolescent Dyads. Am J Prev Med 2017 Jun; 52(6):863-871.
- Nebeling LC, Hennessy E, Oh AY, Dwyer LA, Patrick H, Blanck HM, Perna FM, Ferrer RA, Yaroch AL. The FLASHE Study: Survey Development, Dyadic Perspectives, and Participant Characteristics. Am J Prev Med 2017 Jun; 52(6):839-848.
- Perna FM, Dwyer LA, Tesauro G, Taber JM, Norton WE, Hartman AM, Geller AC. Research on Skin Cancer-Related Behaviors and Outcomes in the NIH Grant Portfolio, 2000-2014: Skin Cancer Intervention Across the Cancer Control Continuum (SCI-3C). JAMA Dermatol 2017 May 1; 153(5):398-405.
- Dwyer L, Oh A, Patrick H, Hennessy E. Promoting family meals: A review of existing interventions and opportunities for future research. Adolesc Health Med Ther 2015 Jun 22; 6:115-131.