department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.2193 (p); 401.874.2157 (f)

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Mark Robbins

  • Professor, Director of Clinical Psychology Training
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phone: 401.874.5082
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  • Mailing Address: 13W CPRC


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


Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Amoyal, N., Brick, L., Kessler, D., Burditt, C., Caltabiano, M., & Shaz, B.  (In Press).  Acceptability and Feasibility of a Culturally Tailored Internet-Delivered Intervention to Promote Blood Donation in Blacks.  Health Promotion Practice.

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

Fried, T.R., Redding, C.A., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., R. O’Leary, J. R., & Iannone, L.  (2010).  Stages of Change for the Component Behaviors of Advance Care Planning.Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 923-928.  PMID:  21143441

Waterman, A., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., & Hyland, S.  (2010).  Kidney Patients’ Intention to Receive a Deceased Donor Transplant:  Development of Stage of Change, Decisional Balance, and Self-Efficacy Measures.  Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 436-445.  PMID:  20348364

Blissmer, B., Prochaska, J.O., Velicer, W.F., Redding, C.A., Rossi, J.S., Greene, G.W., Paiva, A., & Robbins, M.L.  (2010).  Common Factors Predicting Long-Term Changes in Multiple Health Behaviors.  Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 205-214.  PMID:  19365718

Burditt, C., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Velicer, W.F., Koblin, B., & Kessler, D.  (2009).  Motivation for Blood Donation among African Americans: Developing Measures for Stage of Change, Decisional and Efficacy Constructs.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 32, 429-42.  PMID:  19365718

Hall, K.L., Robbins, M.L., Paiva, A., Knott, J.E., Harris, L., & Mattice, B.  (2007).  Donation Intentions among African American College Students:  Decisional Balance and Self – Efficacy Measures.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 30, 483-495.  PMID:  17674183

Mauriello, L.M., Rossi, J.S., Fava, J., Redding, C.A., Robbins, M.L., Prochaska J.O., & Meier, K.S.  (2007). Assessment of the pros and cons of stress management among adolescents: Development and validation of a decisional balance measure. American Journal of Health Promotion, 22, 140-143.  PMID:  18019890

Robbins, M.L., Levesque, D.A., Redding, C.A., Johnson, J.L., Prochaska, J.O., Rohr, M.S. & Peters, T.G.  (2001).  Assessing family members’ motivational readiness and decision making for consenting to cadaveric organ donation.  Journal of Health Psychology6(5), 523-535.  PMID:   22049451

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. (Expected 2015). 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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