Tibor Palfai


  • Title Professor
  • Office 900 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Phone (617) 353-9345
  • Education PhD, Yale University

Dr. Palfai completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University

Dr. Palfai’s primary research interests are: (1) understanding the cognitive-motivational processes underlying health risk behaviors (e.g., hazardous/harmful drinking, substance use, risky sexual decisions) and (2) developing psychological interventions to reduce these risks.  Specific areas of research include, (1) web and mobile-based interventions to reduce hazardous drinking and substance use, (2) laboratory studies on the effect of alcohol on self-control and decision making processes related to health risk behaviors, and (3) screening and brief intervention to modify HIV-risk factors and (4) developing integrated, behavioral interventions for patients in medical settings (e.g., HIV-care, primary care) who are experiencing co-occurring conditions (e.g., chronic pain and heavy drinking).

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