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Robert T. Croyle

Robert T. Croyle

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Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine; Member, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research; Fellow, APA Division 38 (Health); APA Meritorious Research Service Citation; APA Nathan Perry Award; NIH Director's Award; University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Superior Research Award

My research focuses on the cognitive, motivational, and social processes underlying health threat appraisal and coping. My research program has followed three tracks: first, a line of experimental laboratory research that examines threat appraisal in a highly controlled setting; second, controlled prospective research on the psychological aspects of risk factor screening (e.g. cholesterol testing); third, applied observational research at the clinical and population levels concerning genetic testing for cancer susceptibility genes (e.g. BRCA1 mutations).

Within these three tracks of health psychology research, our work has focused on appraisal processes, social comparison, motivated processing of threat-related information, and biases in long-term memory. We are especially interested in the role of denial and defensiveness in individual's reactions to negative health events. My most recent work has utilized national surveys to examine these issues among physicians and the public.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Persuasion, Social Influence


Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Croyle, R. T., Sun, Y., & Hart, M. (1997). Processing risk factor information: Defensive biases in health-related judgments and memory. In K. J. Petrie & J. A. Weinman (Eds.), Perceptions of Health and Illness. Amsterdam: Harwood.

Robert T. Croyle
National Cancer Institute
Executive Plaza North
6130 Executive Boulevard, Room 6138
Rockville, Maryland 20852
United States

  • Phone: (301) 594-6776
  • Fax: (301) 594-6787

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