Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)


Dr. Abrantes' research interests have focused on two general areas: 1) improving treatment outcomes of individuals with addictive behaviors and 2) increasing physical activity among individuals with mental health problems  -- with an emphasis on the use of technology to support interventions. Her current studies involve examining exercise for smoking cessation among smokers with depression, a Fitbit physical activity intervention for depressed alcohol dependent women, development of a tailored smartphone physical activity app for alcohol dependent patients, approaches for initiating and maintaining physical activity in depressed individuals, development of a peer-facilitated physical activity intervention delivered in the context of methadone maintenance, and development of a smartphone app to help opioid dependent patients discontinue buprenorphine.

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