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Linda Cameron

Linda D. Cameron, PhD

Research Interests
Linda D. Cameron, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at University of California, Merced.

Dr. Cameron’s research focuses on self-regulation processes influencing health and illness behavior. She is particularly interested in using the Common-Sense Model of illness cognition to evaluate the representations and emotion regulation processes guiding responses to health threat information. One line of research involves the development of measures assessing both conceptual and imagery contents of illness risk representations. Dr. Cameron and colleagues are using these measures to explore beliefs and imagery relating to cancer risk and their influence on motivations to engage in protective behavior. Another line of research explores affective and imagery processes influencing responses to health communications, including messages about genetic testing and illness risk. These findings are applied in the development of imagery-based interventions for communicating health risk information. Dr. Cameron is also interested in exploring the influences of anxiety and emotion regulation strategies on symptom perception, use of health care services, and adjustment to cancer and other chronic illnesses. These findings inform her research on developing interventions for helping individuals cope with cancer treatment and manage worries about cancer recurrence.

Selected Publications
Cameron, L.D., Sherman, K.A., Marteau, T.M., & Brown, P.M. (2009). Impact of genetic risk information and type of disease on perceived risk, anticipated affect, and expected consequences of genetic tests. Health Psychology, 28, 307-316.

Cameron, L.D. (2008). Illness risk representations and motivations to engage in protective behavior: The case of skin cancer risk. Psychology and Health, 23, 91-112.

Cameron, L.D., & Jago, L. (2008). Emotion regulation interventions: A common-sense model approach. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 215-221.

Cameron, L.D., & Chan, C.K.Y. (2008). Designing health communications: Harnessing the power of affect, imagery, and self-regulation. Personality and Social Psychology Compass, 2, 262-282.

Cameron, L.D., Booth, R.J., Schlatter, M.S., Ziginskas, D., & Harman, J. (2007). Changes in emotion regulation and psychological adjustment following use of a group psychosocial support program for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 16, 171-180.

Prapavessis, H., Cameron, L.D., Baldi, J., Robinson, S., Borrie, S., Harper, T., & Grove, J. R. (2007). The effects of exercise and nicotine replacement therapy on smoking rates in women. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 1416-1432.

Cameron, L.D., & Reeve, J. (2006). Risk perceptions, worry, and attitudes about genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility. Psychology and Health, 21, 211-230.

Cameron, L.D., & Leventhal, H. (Eds.) (2003). The self-regulation of health and illness behaviour. London and New York : Routledge.

Selected Grants
Evaluation of an online decision aid for women with breast cancer (Australian National Health and Medical Research Council), Co-I, 2009-11.

Use of private and public sectors for surgical procedures (Health Research Council of New Zealand), PI, 2005-09.

Life after cancer study, phase 1 (Genesis Oncology Trust), PI, 2006-07.

Selected Affiliations
Dr. Cameron is associate editor for the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and the British Journal of Health Psychology, is on the editorial boards for Health Psychology Review and Psychology and Health, and is a member of the Health Cognition Group at the National Cancer Institute.

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