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Affective Science Perspectives on Cancer Prevention... Mar. 27th at UCONN

University of Connecticut

Rebecca Ferrer, PhD NCI returns to UCONN on Thursday March 27th to will present a lecture on “Affective Science Perspectives on Cancer Prevention and Control Decision-Making.”
Ferrer earned her Doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2009, with a certificate in Quantitative Methods, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She completed a Post-Doctoral Cancer Research and Training Award Fellowship in the Office of the Associate Director in 2011.

Today she is a Health Scientist/ Program Director at the National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Behavioral Research Program, Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch. Her program of research is concentrated on social psychological processes in health-related judgment and decision making, and behavior change.

Rebecca Ferrer is particularly interested in examining the associations among emotion and cognition, including how emotion might moderate the association between cognitions (including social cognitions) and health behavior. This program of research reflects a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from the fields of decision science, social psychology, and health psychology. In addition, Ferrer’s work has focused primarily on cancer prevention behaviors such as nutrition, physical activity, and cancer screening, as well as HIV preventive behaviors such as condom use. She is also actively involved in the NCI'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.

The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs from 12:30pm-1:30 pm, and may also be viewed live during or after the lecture at Live webcast viewers may submit questions in real time; simple instructions are posted at

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP with their selection by Monday, March 24, at 11:00am sharp. To RSVP, simply reply to this email (or send an email to and indicate the option of their choice: 1) BBQ Pork Burrito (BBQ pork, lettuce, tomato, onion, beans, rice, cheese and sour cream; 2) Chicken Bacon Ranch (chicken, bacon, ranch dressing, rice, lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese); or 3) Veggie Burrito BOWL (with beans, rice, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeno and guacamole, but no bread).

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