Rebecca Ferrer, PhD

Program Director, National Institutes of Health (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Ferrer’s research interests focus on the application of social psychological theory to health behaviors. Specifically, her work centers on the role of theoretical frameworks in predicting and ultimately increasing initiation and maintenance of health protective behaviors. She is also interested in examining the role of emotion in predicting and explaining these types of behaviors. She is currently exploring the differential influence of cognitive and affective risk perception on health behaviors. She is also actively involved in the National Cancer Institute’s Theories Project, which aims to identify and execute research that will further the field of health behavior theory, including critical thought about and comparison of theory, integrative theory testing, and integration of theory into health behavior change interventions. Her research has focused primarily on HIV preventive behaviors and cancer preventive behaviors such as nutrition and physical activity.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2009 (social psychology)
M.A., University of Connecticut, 2007(social psychology)
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2004 (decision science)

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressBehavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, Room 4089A
Rockville, MD 20852