Dr. Kristen Riley

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Assistant Professor
University of Connecticut
Office: Psychology, A237
Phone: 484-459-2004

Kristen E. Riley is an Assistant Professor at GSAPP. She obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a certificate in health psychology from the University of Connecticut, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). She is a clinical health psychologist and behavioral medicine researcher. Her program of research aims to get people unstuck from maladaptive health behavior patterns at the individual, community, and systems levels for cancer prevention and health equity. Specifically, she optimizes health behavior interventions by focusing on cognitive components such as rumination, superstition, and stigma, and she uses dissemination and implementation science to integrate behavioral medicine into medical settings to get interventions to those who need them most. She is fluent in Spanish. She has special interestsĀ in daily diary methodology and health equity.

Books & Articles: 

Selected publications:

Riley, K. E., Park, C. L., & Laurenceau, J-P. (Fall 2018). A Daily Diary Study of Rumination and Health Behaviors: Modeling Moderators and Mediators. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Ostroff, J. S., Riley, K. E., Shen, M. E., & Hamann, H. A. (Fall 2018). Lung cancer stigma and depression: Further validation of the Lung Cancer Stigma Inventory. Psycho-Oncology.

Ostroff, J. S., Riley, K. E., & Dhingra, L. (Fall 2018). Smoking Cessation and Cancer Survivors.Handbook of Cancer Survivorship.

Riley, K. E., Ulrich, M. R., Hamann, H. A., Ostroff, J. S. (2017). Decreasing Smoking but Increasing Stigma?: Anti-tobacco Campaigns, Cancer Patients, and Public Health. AMA Journal of Ethics, 19, 475-485.

Hay, J. L., Riley, K. E., & Geller, A. C. (2017). Tanning and teens: Is indoor exposure the tip of the iceberg? Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, 26, 1170-1174.

Riley, K. E., Lee, J. S., Safren, S. A. (2017). The relationship between automatic thoughts and depression in a CBT-AD intervention for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA): Exploring temporality and causality. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Riley, K. E., Park, C. L., Wilson, A., Sabo, A., Antoni, M.H., Harris, A., Braun, T. D., Harrington, J., Reiss, J., Pasalis, E., Harris, A., & Cope, S. (2016). Improving physical and mental health in frontline mental health providers: Yoga-based stress management versus Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 6, 1-23.

Riley, K. E., & Park, C. L. (2015). How does yoga reduce stress? A systematic review of proposed mechanisms of change and guide to future inquiry. Health Psychology Review, 3, 379-396.

Riley, K. E. & Kalichman, S. C. (2014). Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for people living with HIV/AIDS populations: Preliminary review of intervention trial methodologies and findings.Health Psychology Review.

Riley, K. E. & Park, C. L. (2014). Problem-focused vs. meaning-focused coping as mediators of the appraisal-adjustment link. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33, 587-611.

Health Policy Council, Liaison & Secretary, Society for Health Psychology, Div 38, APA, 2017-2020

Health Research Council, Member, Society for Health Psychology, Div 38, APA, 2016-2018

Society for Health Psychology Program Reviewer, APA Conference, 2016-

Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) Student Affiliate, Cancer Research Interest Group, University of Connecticut 2010-2016

APA Primary Care Training Task Force, Student Volunteer, 2014-2015

Connecticut Psychological Association Integrated Care Task Force, Member, 2014

Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Clinical Psychology Representative, UConn, 2013-2015

Peer Advisor & Curriculum Consultant, University of Delaware Psychology Department, 2007-2010

President, Psi Chi National Honors Society, University of Delaware Chapter, 2008-2010

Fellowships, Awards:

Scholar, Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials, 2017

Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Connecticut, 2015

Cum Laude, University of Connecticut, 2016

Cum Laude, University of Delaware, 2010

Warner & Taylor Award for Most Outstanding Senior in Psychology, University of Delaware, 2010