Chloe O Huelsnitz
My program of research uses longitudinal, observational, and experimental paradigms to understand how to capitalize on the power and influence of close relationships and relationship partners to promote health behavior change in individuals, dyads, and families. I am interested in questions such as: * How do close relationship partners consciously and unconsciously affect each other's health behaviors? * What factors motivate relationship partners to consciously influence each other's health (e.g., by using social control)? * How do relationship characteristics (e.g., quality, satisfaction) affect individuals' health and health behaviors over time? * How can we adapt intrapersonally-focused theories to interpersonal contexts in order to understand and promote healthy behaviors in dyads and families? The goal of my current research is to understand the dyadic processes that modulate efforts to improve behavior change. This will serve the overarching goal of my research, which is to use these findings to inform the design and implementation of health behavior interventions.