Belinda Borrelli

Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research – Director, Center for Behavioral Sciences Research

  • Title Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research – Director, Center for Behavioral Sciences Research

Dr. Belinda Borrelli, PhD is Professor and Director, Center for Behavioral Sciences Research at Boston University, in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester, UK., and is Adjunct Professor at Brown University, at both the School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Dr. Borrelli received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, and completed her residency and fellowship training in Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at Brown University. She proceeded through the academic ranks at Brown University and became Full Professor there in 2009.

Dr. Borrelli is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in motivating behavior change, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She has held over 20 NIH grant awards as PI and Co-I, and numerous grant awards from other agencies and foundations. Over the past 20+ years, Prof. Borrelli’s research has focused on developing and testing treatments to motivate smoking cessation and secondhand smoke reduction, improving oral health and dietary behaviors, and promoting adherence to medications and treatment regimens for chronic diseases including sleep apnea, cystic fibrosis, and asthma. She specializes in integrating theory based treatments into public health contexts, and targeting underserved populations such as those with low income, inner city youth and adults, Latinos, people with mobility impairments, medically ill populations, older adults, and Native-Americans. Dr. Borrelli is also developing and testing mobile health platforms to initiate and sustain health behavior change.

Dr. Borrelli has served on grant review panels in the US, Europe, and the UK and is a Fellow of the American College of Reviewers. She served as an advisor to the NIH on treatment fidelity, for both NIDCR and NHLBI, and has published several invited articles on best practice guidelines that have been widely disseminated. She provided expert testimony to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on motivating health behavior change. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Borrelli is a member of several journal editorial boards. She has been Associate Editor or Senior Associate Editor at leading journals in psychology (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology) and the most cited journal in addiction science (Addiction). She is Co-Editor of a special issue of Health Psychology on mHealth and eHealth interventions. She has taught Motivational Interviewing to health care practitioners in the US and abroad. She served as primary mentor to over 25 interns, post-docs, and NIH K award recipients.

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