Angela Bryan, Ph.D.

Angela Bryan, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Social Psychology Ph.D. Program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Angela Bryan, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Dr. Bryan received her BA in Psychology from UCLA, and her MA and Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a Quantitative Emphasis from Arizona State University. Dr. Bryan is currently Professor and Director of the Social Psychology Ph.D. Program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also retains a research professor appointment at the Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico, and is Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, NM. The main thrust of her research has focused on a transdisciplinary approach to the study of health and risk behavior, and the development of interventions to improve health behavior. Much of her work has concerned the reduction of substance-use related HIV/STD risk behavior among adolescents, which has been funded by NIAAA and NIDA. The second major focus on her work is the reduction of diseases associated with sedentary lifestyle (heart disease, Type II diabetes, a number of cancers, age-related illnesses) through increasing physical exercise. This work has been funded by NCI. In both lines of inquiry, Dr. Bryan capitalizes on the integration of basic scientific discoveries regarding biological predispositions associated with risk behavior and response to treatment (e.g., genetics and neurocognition) and applied intervention work from a social psychological theoretical perspective to change behavior. She is interested in statistical and methodological issues encountered in prevention and field research, specifically in structural equation modeling and mediational analysis of intervention effects. She also has interests in evolutionary psychology in the domains of mate preferences and energy balance.

Selected Publications

Schmiege, S.J., Klein, W.M.P., & Bryan, A.D. (in press). The effect of peer comparison information in the context of expert recommendations on risk perceptions and subsequent behaviour. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Carpenter, L., Tompkins, S.A., Schmiege, S.J., Nilsson, R., & Bryan, A. (in press). Affective response to physical activity: Testing for measurement invariance across active and non-active populations. Measurement and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Kwan, B.M., & Bryan, A. (2010). In-task and post-task affective response to exercise: Translating exercise intentions into behavior. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 115–131.

Bryan, A.D., Schmiege, S.J., & Broaddus, M.R. (2009). HIV/STD risk reduction among detained adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 124, e1180 - 1188.

Schmiege, S.J., Bryan, A., & Klein, W.M.P. (2009). Distinctions between worry and perceived risk in the context of the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 95-119.

Hutchison, K.E., Allen, D., Jepson, C., Lerman, C., Benowitz, N., Stitzel, J., Bryan, A., McGeary, J., & Haughey, H.M. (2007). CHRNA4 and tobacco dependence: From gene regulation to treatment outcome. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 1078-1086.

Bryan, A., Schmiege, S.J., & Broaddus, M.R. (2007). Mediational analysis in HIV/AIDS research: Estimating multivariate path analytic models in a structural equation modeling framework. AIDS and Behavior, 11, 365-383.

Bryan, A., Hutchison, K.E., Seals, D.S., & Allen, D.L. (2007). A transdisciplinary model integrating genetic, physiological, and psychological correlates of voluntary exercise. Health Psychology, 26, 30-39.

Selected Grants

Alcohol, marijuana, and risky sex: Group interventions with detained adolescents (NIAAA), PI, 2009-14.

HIV prevention with adolescents: Neurocognitive deficits and treatment response (NIAAA), PI, 2007-12.

Web-based substance abuse and STD/HIV prevention (NIDA), Co-I, 2009-11.

Multilevel analysis of self-regulation in substance abuse (NIDA), Co-I, 2009-14.

Mediators & moderators of exercise behavior change (NCI), PI, 2004-09.

Selected Affiliations

Dr. Bryan is associate editor of AIDS and Behavior and has served as a member of a Standing Study Section for grant review at NIH. She is currently a frequent ad hoc reviewer for NIH, and is an ad hoc reviewer for many journals including Health Psychology, Psychological Methods, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Social Science and Medicine, and Annuals of Behavioral Medicine.

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