Thoughts and emotions drive decision making

Currently a PhD candidate at the University of California at Merced, he focuses on psychosocial factors that promote protective behaviors among cancer survivors.

Under the supervision of Linda Cameron and guided by self-regulation theory, he examines how illness and risk beliefs, particularly those relating to fatalistic control beliefs, influence emotional reactions such as worry of cancer recurrence and, in turn, motivate healthier lifestyles (such as diet and exercise).  These findings are used to guide the development of tailored health communications. In his dissertation research, he is focusing on the use of social media and mHealth to promote healthy behaviors.

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