Robert E. Low, Ph.D.

Degrees: Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Connecticut

M.A., 2011, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut

B.A., Summa cum laude, 2007, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Advisor:
 Blair T. Johnson
Lab webpage:
 SHARP Lab
Research Interests:
  • HIV/AIDS prevention, risks, and care
  • Changing and maintaining healthy habits
Research Synopsis: My research is directed toward identifying new insights about the psychological processes that underlie behavior, and harnessing these insights to promote health and prevent disease. In particular, I am currently interested in how people behave in healthy and risky ways as a result of a habit rather than a deliberate decision. This includes developing new tools for measuring the strength of a habit, testing the role of people and emotions as cues for habitual responses, and designing new intervention techniques that specifically target the psychological and behavioral processes that create and support habits.
Recent News: No news
Representative Publications: Publications:

Low, R. E., Johnson, B. T., & Lawrence, J. M. (in press). Risks, protective factors, and outcomes. In M. Bloom & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. New York: Springer.

Johnson, B. T., Low, R. E., & MacDonald, H. V. (2014). Panning for the Gold in Health Research: Incorporating Studies’ Methodological Quality in Meta-Analysis.Psychology & Health. (ePub ahead of print)

Johnson, B. T., Low, R. E., & LaCroix, J. M. (2013). Systematic Reviews to Support Evidence-Based Medicine (2nd Edition) by Khalid Khan, Regina Kunz, Jos Kleignen and Gerd Antes: A review. Research Synthesis Methods, 4(1)102-108.

Master’s thesis: Testing For A Descriptive And Injunctive Norm Interaction In Promoting Health Behavior

Selected Presentations:

Low, R.E. (2010) A social norms approach to fighting the REAL computer viruses. Oral presentation at the 2nd Annual Health Psychology Preconference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Low, R.E. (2011) Mental association as a measure and manipulation of habit strength. Poster presentation at the 25th meeting of the European Health Psychology Society Conference. Crete, Greece.

Low, R.E. (2011) An Interaction of Social Norms In Changing Behavior. Poster presentation at the 13th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA

Fisher, J. D., Cornman, D., Cunningham, J., Low, R. E., Chaudoir, S., & Ohalete, N.  (2010).  Changing risky behavior in HIV+ patients.  Oral presentation presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the National Medical Association, Arlington, VA.