Alex Rothman, PhD

Alex Rothman is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.  His research program is comprised of a synthesis of basic research on how people process and respond to health information with the development and evaluation of theory-based interventions to promote healthy behavior.  Working across a broad array of health domains, Dr. Rothman and his colleagues have contributed to our understanding of a range of issues including why and when different health communication strategies are most effective, the decision processes that underlie the initiation and maintenance of behavior change, and the development of strategies for optimizing the integration of theory and practice.  He has served as the President of the Society for Health Psychology and was the founding President of the Social Personality and Heath Network. 

Dr. Rothman has been a leading advocate for forging tighter linkages between theories of health behavior and intervention practices and policies.  To this end, he has contributed to a range of NIH-initiatives including having co-developed the NCI/NIH-sponsored Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory, co-led  the NHLBI/NIH Accumulating Data to Optimally Predict Obesity Treatment (ADOPT) Core Measures Project, and currently co-chairs the NCI Cognitive, Affective, and Social Processes in Health Workgroup.