Bettina Hoeppner, Ph.D.


Associate Investigator
Psychiatry, Mass General Research Institute
Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
PhD University of Rhode Island 2007
adolescent behavior; alcohol drinking; alcohol-related disorders; alcoholics anonymous; alcoholism; behavior addictive; models psychological; periodicity; residential treatment; self disclosure; self efficacy; smoking cessation; students; temperance; universities

Dr. Bettina Hoeppner is a health psychologist with expertise in fine-grained longitudinal methodology, which is used to explicate the mechanisms underlying behavioral change. During Dr. Hoeppner’s graduate training (Univ. of RI, MA in psychology in 2003, MS in statistics in 2005, Ph.D. in psychology in 2007),  she collaborated on numerous health behavior change projects, which used computer-delivered expert systems based on the Transtheoretical Model to provide participants with tailored intervention materials.  Thereafter, Dr. Hoeppner completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University (2007-2010) that focused on addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and tobacco use in adolescents and young adults.

In May 2010, Dr. Hoeppner joined the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is conducting K01 research, and serving as Director of Biostatistics at the Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Hoeppner’s K01 research project uses Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) to delineate the temporal ordering of changes in smoking outcome expectancies relative to smoking cessation by collecting fine-grained, real-time data on college student smokers undergoing smoking cessation treatment.  As such, the 5-year K01 training and research plan builds upon her existing strengths of advanced statistical training and experience with theory-driven health behavior interventions to enable me to take full advantage of modern technology to delineate the causal mechanisms underlying the process of smoking cessation.