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Development and Validation of a Counterfactual-based Intervention for Health Behavior



MARCH 4, 2022

Sherecce A. Fields, PhD
Associate Professor
Faculty Fellow Center for Remote Technologies & Systems
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Texas A&M University

Rachel Smallman, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Texas A&M University

About the Presenters:  Sherecce Fields, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Fields’ primary degree is in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida with areas of specialization in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology. She joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 2010. Her teaching focuses on critical evaluation of the science of psychology and health behavior. Her research is focused on developing bio-behavioral understandings of health-risk behaviors in youth, with the goal of developing effective interventions, specifically for use in disadvantaged populations.  Dr. Fields’ research incorporates behavioral and clinical intervention methods and most recently has focused on the development of interventions that can be used with digital health technologies, including video games and other computer-mediated communication technologies for health risk behaviors including substance use, obesity, and diabetes. Dr. Fields has over 50 publications, proceedings, and abstracts. She has been PI or Co-PI for over one million dollars in funded research from NIH, NSF and other agencies. Dr. Fields was the 2016-2018 recipient of the Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellow award from the College of Liberal Arts and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Rachel Smallman, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Smallman’s primary degree is in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with a specialization in social cognition. She joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2010. Dr. Smallman’s primary research centers on the cognitive processes in counterfactual thinking (i.e., “what might have been”), and how these thoughts can both help and hinder future decisions, intentions, and future behavior. This research includes both basic and applied lines. Her applied work has examined the role of counterfactual thinking in mental health, risky health behaviors, and workplace safety. Most recently, she has been focusing on developing a counterfactual-based intervention that can be used to improve health behavior outcomes. Dr. Smallman has over 40 publications and multiple NSF grants.