department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

uripsymajor@gmail.com401.874.2193 (p); 401.874.2157 (f)

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Mark Robbins

  • Professor, Chair of Psychology Department
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phone: 401.874.5082
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Research interests focus on health promotion, disease prevention and decision-making particularly for planned change at both the individual level and on a population basis. Current efforts centered on a program of research utilizing the Transtheoretical model to understand decision-making and behavior change in organ donation & transplantation, blood donation, advanced care planning and multiple health behavior change. Recent research has a significant focus on understanding and addressing health disparities and improving cultural tailoring of health promotion interventions.


Ph.D. 1993, Rutgers University
M.S. 1988, Rutgers University
B.S. 1984, University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana


Gökbayrak, N. S., Redding, C. A., Evers, K. E., Lipschitz, J., Yusufov, M., Paiva, A. L., Velicer, W. F., Rossi, J. S., Robbins, M. L., Prochaska, J. O.  (In Press). Transtheoretical stage and effort variables for managing stress effectively: An 18-month longitudinal comparison of a large sample of successful changers, relapsers, and non-changers. American Journal of Health Promotion.

Nobel, A.M., Chrisler, J.C. & Robbins, M.L.  (2016).  Oncology Nurses Report Positive Attitudes but List Numerous Barriers to Discussing Fertility Preservation with Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients.  Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.  1;20(4): E93-9. doi: 10.1188/16.CJON.E93-E99.  PMID:  27441525

Waterman, A.D., Robbins, M. L., & Peipert, J.D.  (2016).  Educating Prospective Kidney Recipients and Living Donors about Living Donation:  Practical and Theoretical Recommendations for Increasing Living Donation Rates.  Current Transplantation Reports.

Fried, T.R., Redding, C.A., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A.L., O’Leary, J.R., & Iannone, L.  (2016).  Development of personalized health messages to promote engagement in advance care planning.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  64(2):359-364. Epub 2016 Jan 25.  PMID: 26804791

Yusufov, M., Rossi, J.S., Redding, C.A., Yin, H., Paiva, A.L., Velicer, W.F., Green, G.W., Blissmer, B., Robbins, M.L., & Prochaska, J.O. (2016). Transtheoretical model constructs’ longitudinal prediction of sun protection over 24 months.  International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. PMID:  26163352

Waterman, A.D., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Peipert, J.D., Davis, L., Hyland, S., Schenk, E., & Amoyal, N.  (2015).  Measuring Kidney Patients’ Motivation to Pursue Living Donor Kidney Transplant:  Development of Stage of Change, Decisional Balance and Self-Efficacy Measures.   Journal of Health Psychology.  PMID:  24155194

Brick, L., Sorensen, D., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., & Waterman, A.D.  (2015).  Factorial invariance of decisional balance and self-efficacy measures to understand kidney patient decision making for pursuing living donor kidney transplant. Journal of Health Psychology. PMID: 26113527: PMC # In Process

Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Amoyal, N., Brick, L., Kessler, D., Burditt, C., Caltabiano, M., & Shaz, B.  (2014).  Acceptability and Feasibility of a Culturally Tailored Internet-Delivered Intervention to Promote Blood Donation in Blacks.  Health Promotion Practice, 16(2), 227-35.  PMID:  24801019; PMC # In process

Waterman, A.D., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Peipert, J.D., Davis, L., Hyland, S., Schenk, E., & Amoyal, N.  (2013).  Measuring Kidney Patients’ Motivation to Pursue Living Donor Kidney Transplant:  Development of Stage of Change, Decisional Balance and Self-Efficacy Measures.   Journal of Health Psychology.  PMID:  24155194

Amoyal, N., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Burditt, C., Kessler, D., & Shaz, B.  (2013).   Measuring the Processes of Change for Increasing Blood Donation in Black Adults. Transfusion, 53, 1280-1290.  PMID:  22928841

Blaney, C., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Redding, C.A., Rossi, J.S., Blissmer, B., Burditt, C., & Oatley, K.  (2012).  Validation of the measures of the transtheoretical model for exercise in an adult African American sample.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 26, 317-326.  PMID:  22548428

Fried, T.R., Redding, C.A., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., R. O’Leary, J. R., & Iannone, L.  (2012).  Promoting advance care planning as health behavior change: development of scales to assess decisional balance, medical and religious beliefs, and processes of change.  Patient Education and Counseling, 86, 25-32.  PMID:  21741194

Professional Interests

Clinical health psychology emphasizing a cognitive-behavioral framework to develop and deliver behavioral medicine and health psychology interventions to adults in individual and group settings. Additional interests are in training development and delivery, motivational interviewing, stress reduction, including relaxation training and meditative techniques.

Honors and Awards

Co-Investigator, PI on Subcontract, Applying the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change to Stuttering Management Among Adolescents. (2014-2016). American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Principal Investigator: Patricia Zebrowski, University of Iowa. Awarded: $75,000. Subcontract Award: $35,000.

Co-Investigator, PI on Subcontract, A Computer Tailored Education Intervention to Increase Pursuit of Living Kidney Donation by African-Americans. (2011-2016). National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities & National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases, 1R01DK088711-01A1. PI: Amy Waterman, Washington University Medical Center. Total Award: $2,837,617. Subcontract Award: $969,639.

Co-Investigator, URI subcontract to Yale University, Promoting Behavior Change to Increase Engagement in Advance Care Planning, (2011-2013). National Institute of Aging, R21 AG037791. PI – Fried, Yale University. Award: $372,302. Subcontract Award: $189,237.

Principal Investigator, Feasibility of Expert System to Promote African American Blood Donation for SCD (Sickle Cell Disease) (2009-2011). National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, 5R21HL92390-2. Awarded: $434,188

Graduate Student Theses and Dissertations

Signore, Amy. (2016). Piloting an Intervention to Provide Tailored Feedback on Health Behaviors to Adolescents in Pediatric Primary Care. Dissertation.
Sorensen, Donya. (2014). Predictors of Surrogate Involvement in Advance Care Planning Behaviors. Master’s Thesis
Amoyal, Nicole. (2013). Moral Elevation and its Relation to the Altruistic Health Behavior of Becoming an Organ and Tissue Donor. Dissertation
Burditt, Caitlin. (2011). Application of the Transtheoretical Model to parent facilitation of healthy anxiety management in their children. Dissertation
Creeden (Blaney), Cerissa. (2009). Validation of the measures of the Transtheoretical model for exercise in and adult African American sample. Master’s Thesis

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