The CHIP lecture series resumes on Monday September 14th when Howard Leventhal, Ph.D comes to speak on Modelling Health Behavior in Daily Life (CSM) from 12:30-1:30 pm.
Dr. Leventhal, is a Board of Governors Professor of Health Psychology at Rutgers University. He received his PhD in 1956 from the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. As Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University, he conducted a series of studies on fear communication that established the Parallel Response Model and the role of action plans in translating attitudes into action. He also studied facial expressions as indicators of affective distress and the contribution of cognitive complexity to person perception. In addition as Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Leventhal and his students studied the effects of preparing patients for the concrete experience of noxious medical examinations and behavioral strategies for coping with these experiences as ways of reducing distress and need for medication during these examinations. The integration of the concepts developed for studying preparation with those in the Parallel Response Model, in turn, led to the creation of the Common-Sense Model of Self-Management. This model provided a detailed representation of the cognitive and affective content of illness representations, the procedures involved in their construction, the selection and performance of coping procedures and the processes involved in planning to implement action.
Dr. Leventhal is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Health Beliefs and Behavior central to a network of investigators sharing utilizing the Common-Sense Model as a framework for organizing studies of processes such as interpersonal communication between practitioners, patients and families, and practitioners’ abilities to infer and use patients’ common-sense, experientially based views of illness to create shared models for chronic illness management. His research work has been supported for 50+ years by RO1’s, a MERIT and center award from the NIH. The contributions of research by his group has also been recognized in a series of awards including the Distinguished Alumni award from the Department of Psychology at UNC, The Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, an award for outstanding contributions to health and psychology from Division 38 of APA, and for contributions to health and developmental psychology from Divisions 20 and 38 of APA, and the APF Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychological Science and a Lifetime Achievement Award Shared with his wife, Elaine A. Leventhal, MD, PhD, from The Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.
The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. You can view this talk streamed live or afterwards at the CHIP Lecture Series Website.