Beth C. BockProfessor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)
Beth Bock was born in Saratoga Springs, New York and graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She received a Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in psychology from Tufts University in Medford Massachusetts. She interned in Behavioral Medicine at Harvard University, at the Cambridge Hospital and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Brown University. She is currently a Senior Research Scientist at The Miriam Hospital and a Professor (Research) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is married and has family living in Massachusetts and New York.
Thind H, Jennings E, Fava JL, Sillice MA, Becker BM, Hartman S & Bock, BC. (In Press). Differences between Men and Women enrolling in Smoking Cessation Programs using Yoga as a Complementary Therapy. Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy.
Braciszewski JM, Tran TB, Moore RS, Bock BC, Tzilos GK, Chamberlain P, & Stout R. L. (in press). Developing a tailored texting intervention: A card sort methodology. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research.
Bock BC, Barnett NP, Thind H, Rosen R, Walaska K, Traficante R, Foster R, Deutsch C & Fava JL. (In Press). A Text Message Intervention for Alcohol Risk Reduction among Community College Students: TMAP. Addictive Behaviors.
Rosen RK, Thind H, Jennings E, Gaskins R, Morrow KM, Williams DM & Bock BC. (In Press). “Smoking does not go with Yoga”: A qualitative study of women’s phenomenological perceptions during yoga and smoking cessation. International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
van den Berg JJ, Barnhart JC, Grin B, Operario D, Bock BC, Chan PA. (In Press) Social media use and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among at-risk college students in the United States. Journal of American College Health.
van den Berg JJ, Bock BC, Roberts MB, Parker DR, Martin RA, Stein LAR, Clarke JG. (2016). Goals and plans of incarcerated men post release. J Correct Health Care. 22(2).
Thind, H., Fava, J., Traficante, R., Bock, B.C. (2016). A new measure of home exercise benefits and barriers. American Journal of Health Education. 47(2), 99-107.
Bock BC, Thind H, Fava JL, Walaska K, Barnett NP, Rosen R, Traficante R & Lantini R. (2016). Development of the Mobile Phone Attachment Scale. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Computer Society Press.
Serber ER, Ciccolo J, Palmer K, Cobb V, Tilkemeier PL & Bock BC. (2016). The Feasibility of Exercise Videogames for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Among Adults: A pilot for “Wii Heart Fitness.” Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. March 56(3), 319-27.
van den Berg JJ, Roberts MB, Bock BC, Martin RA, Stein LAR, Parker DR, McGovern AR, Shuford SH, Clarke JG. (2016). Changes in depression and stress after release from a tobacco-free prison in the United States. Int J Environ Res Public Health. Jan;13(1). pii: E114.
Braciszewski JM, Stout RL, Tzilos GK, Moore RS, Bock BC, & Chamberlain P. (2016). Testing a Dynamic Automated Substance Use Intervention Model for Youth Exiting Foster Care. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. Vol 47(2), 99-107.
Scott-Sheldon LAJ, Lantini RC, Jennings EG, Thind H, Rosen R, Salmoirago-Blotcher E & Bock BC. (2016). Text messaging-based interventions for smoking cessation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research: mHealth and uHealth,4(2), e49.
Marcus BH, Hartman SJ, Larsen BA, Pekmezi D, Dunsiger SI, Linke S, Marquez B, Gans KM, Bock BC, Mendoza-Vasconez AS, Rojas C. (2016). Pasos Hacia La Salud: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Internet-delivered Physical Activity Intervention for Latinas. Int J Behav Nutr Physical Activity. 13:62.
Lantini R, van den Berg JJ, Roberts MB, Bock BC, Stein L.A.R., Parker DR, Friedmann PD & Clarke JG. (2015). Characteristics of Smoking Used Cigarettes among an Incarcerated Population. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Mar;29(1):254-8.
Gaskins RB, Thind H, Fava JL, Jennings EJ, Horowitz S, Becker B & Bock BC. (2015). Recruitment and Initial Interest of Men in Yoga for Smoking Cessation: QuitStrong, a Randomized Control Pilot Study. Translational Behavioral Medicine. Jun; 5(2):177-188.
Bock BC, Rosen R, Barnett NP, Thind H, Walaska K, Foster R, Deutsch C & Traficante R. (2015). Translating behavioral interventions onto mHealth platforms: Developing text message interventions for smoking and alcohol. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Feb 24;3(1):e22.
Marcus BH, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi DW, Larsen BA, Marquez B, Bock BC, Gans KM, Morrow KM and Tilkemeier P (2015). 12-Month Physical Activity Outcomes in Latinas in the Seamos Saludables Trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Feb;48(2):179-82.
Clarke JG, Martin SA, Martin RA, Stein, LAR, van den Berg JJ, Parker D, McGovern AR, Roberts M, Friedman P & Bock BC. (2015). Changes in Smoking Related Symptoms during Enforced Abstinence. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Feb;26(1):106-18.
Brigham J, Schooley B, Rosen R & Bock BC. (2015). Introduction to Evidence-Based Mobile and Web Health Design and Analysis. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 5-8, 2015, Computer Society Press, pp 2777.
O’Hea, E.L., Abar, B., Bock, BC., Chapman, G., & Boudreaux, E. (2015). Understanding Smoking after Acute Illness: An Application of the Sentinel Event Method. Psychology and Health, Jan 15:1-18.
Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Druker S, Meyer F, Bock BC, Crawford S & Pbert L. (2015). Design and methods for “Commit to Get Fit” — A pilot study of a school-based mindfulness intervention to promote healthy diet and physical activity among adolescents. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 41 (2015) 248–258.
Bock BC, Thind H, Dunsiger SI, Serber ER, Ciccolo J, Cobb V, Palmer K, Abernathy S & Marcus BH. (2015). Exercise videogames for physical activity and fitness: Design and rationale of the We Heart Fitness trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. May; 42: 204-212.
Parker D, Roberts M, van den Berg J, Bock BC, Stein L, Martin R & Clarke J. (2015). Exploration of incarcerated men’s and women’s attitudes of smoking in the presence of children and pregnant women: Is there a disparity between smoking attitudes and smoking behavior? Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
Marcus BH, Hartman SJ, Pekmezi D, Dunsiger SI, Linke S, Barquez B, Gans KM, Bock BC, Larsen BA & Rojas C. (2015) Using interactive Internet technology to promote physical activity in Latinas: Rationale, design, and baseline findings of Pasos Hacia La Salud. Contemp Clin Trials, Aug 5. pii: S1551-7144(15)30063-X.
Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Wayne P, Bock BC, Dunsiger S, Wu W, Stabile L, Yeh G. (2015). Design and methods of the Gentle Cardiac Rehabilitation Study – A behavioral study of tai chi exercise for patients not attending cardiac rehabilitation. Contemporary Clinical Trials. Jul; 43: 243-251.
Parker D, Fallone D, Martin R, Stein L, Bock, BC, Martin S, Roberts M, Lopes, C, Clarke, J. (2014). The relation between smoking status and medical conditions among incarcerated adults. Journal of Addiction Medicine, Mar-Apr, 8(2), 90-95.
van den Berg, JJ, Bock, BC, Roberts, MB, Stein, LAR, Friedmann, PD, Martin, SA, & Clarke, JG. (2014). Cigarette smoking as an expression of independence and freedom among inmates in a tobacco-free prison in the United States. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 16(2):238-42.
Bock BC, Papandonatos GD, de Dios MA, Goldstein MG, Abrams DB, Azam MM, Fagan MF, Sweeney PJ. & Niaura RS. (2014). Tobacco cessation among low-income smokers: Motivational enhancement and nicotine patch treatment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 16(4):413-22.
Bock BC, Rosen R, Thind H, Barnett N, Walaska K, Cobb V. (2014). Building an evidence base using qualitative data for mhealth development. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 6-9, 2014, Computer Society Press. NIHM SID 734039
Gaskins RG, Jennings EG, Thind H, Becker BM, Bock BC. (2014). Acute and Cumulative Effects of Vinyasa Yoga on Affect and Stress among College Students Participating in an 8-week Yoga Program: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 24, 63-70.
Ciccolo, J, Williams DM, Dunsiger SI, Whitworth JW, McCullough AK, Bock BC, Marcus BH, & Myerson M (2014). Efficacy of Resistance Training as an Aid to Smoking Cessation: Rationale and Design of the Strength to Quit study. Mental Health and Physical Activity. Jun 1;7(2):95-103.
Bock BC, Rosen R, Fava J, Gaskins R, Jennings EG, Thind H, Carmody J, Dunsiger S, Gidron N, Becker B & Marcus BH. (2014). Testing the efficacy of Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Smoking Cessation: Design and Methods of the BreathEasy trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 38(2), 321-332.
Boudreaux E, O’Hea E, Moon S, Tappe KA, Bock BC, Baumann BM, Chapman, G. (2013). Measuring Cognitive and Affective Constructs in the Context of an Acute Health Event: Development and Psychometric Properties. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 18(4), 398-411.
Carr LJ, Dunsiger SI, Lewis B, Ciccolo JT, Hartman S, Bock BC, Dominick G, & Marcus BH. (2013). Randomized Controlled Trial Testing an Internet Physical Activity Intervention for Sedentary Adults. Health Psychology, 32(3), 328-336.
Bock BC, Heron KE, Jennings E, Magee J. & Morrow K. (2013). User Preferences for a Text Message Smoking Cessation Intervention. Health Education & Behavior, 40(2), 152-159.
Clarke JG, Stein LAR, Martin RA, Lopes CE, McGovern AR, Simon R, Friedman P. & Bock BC. (2013). Forced smoking abstinence: not enough for smoking cessation. JAMA Internal Medicine. 173(9):789-94.
Whiteley JA, Williams DM, Jennings EG, Ciccolo JT, Bock BC, Dunsiger S & Marcus BH. (2013). The challenges of translating an efficacious smoking cessation program, Commit to Quit, to the community setting of YMCAs". Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. Mar;3(1): 47-58.
Bock BC, Heron KE, Jennings E, Morrow K, Cobb V., Magee J., Fava, JL, Deutsch C, & Foster R. (2013). A Text Message Delivered Smoking Cessation Intervention: The Initial trial of TXT-2-Quit, a Randomized, Controlled Trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. Jul 30; 1(2):e17.
Bock BC, Van den Berg J, Lopes CE, Roberts MB, Martin RA, & Clarke JG. (2013). Social support and smoking abstinence among incarcerated adults in the United States. BMC Public Health. 13:859.
Marcus BH, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi DW, Larsen BA, Bock BC, Gans KM, Marquez B, Morrow KM & Tilkemeier, P. (2013). The Seamos Saludables Study: A randomized controlled physical activity trial of Latinas. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Nov;45(5): 598-605.
Carr LJ, Dunsiger SI, Lewis B, Ciccolo JT, Hartman S, Bock BC, Dominick G, Marcus BH. (2013). Randomized controlled trial testing an internet physical activity intervention for sedentary adults. Health Psychology. Mar;32(3):328-36.
Bock BC, Fava JL, Gaskins R, Morrow KM, Williams DM, Jennings E, Becker DM, Tremont G & Marcus BH. (2012). Yoga as a Complementary Treatment for Smoking Cessation among Women: A Pilot Study. Journal of Women’s Health, 21(2):240-8.
Papandonatos GD, Williams DM, Jennings EG, Napolitano MA, Bock BC, Dunsiger S & Marcus BH. (2012). Mediators of Physical Activity Behavior Change: Findings from a 12-Month Randomized Controlled Trial. Health Psychology, 31(4), 512-520.
Pekmezi D, Dunsiger S, Gans K, Bock BC, Gaskins R, Marquez B, Lee C, Neighbors C Jennings E, Tilkemeier P. & Marcus B. (2012). Rationale, design, and baseline findings from Seamos Saludables: a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a culturally and linguistically adapted, computer- tailored physical activity intervention for Latinas. Contemporary Clinical Trials, Nov;33(6):1261-71.
Whiteley JA, Williams DM, Dunsiger S, Jennings EG, Ciccolo JT, Bock BC, Albrecht A, Parisi A, Linke SE & Marcus, BH. (2012). YMCA Commit to Quit: Randomized Trial Outcomes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 43(3), 256-262.
Boudreaux ED, Bock BC, O’Hea E. (2012). When an Event Sparks Behavior Change: An Introduction to the Sentinel Event Method of Dynamic Model Building and Its Application to Emergency Medicine. International Journal of Emergency Medicine, 19(3), 329-335.
Tappe KA, Boudreaux ED, Bock BC, O’Hea E, Baumann BM, Hollenberg SM, Becker B. & Chapman GB. (2012). Smoking, Cardiac Symptoms, and an Emergency Care Visit: A Qualitative Exploration of Cognitive and Emotional Reactions. Emergency Medicine International. 1-12.
Tremont, G., Davis, J., Becker, B., & Bock, B. (2012). Effects of yoga on cognitive functioning in older adults with memory complaints: Preliminary findings. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15 (Sup. 1), 61-67.
Simon RE, Rosen RK, Bock BC, Boudreaux ED, Steward DW, Clarke JG. (2012). A sentinel event model for positive behavior change among incarcerated, substance using women. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 30(4), 5-28.
Graham AL, Cobb NK, Papandonatos GD, Moreno JL, Kang H, Tinkelman DG, Bock BC, Niaura RS, Abrams DB. (2011). A randomized trial of internet and telephone treatment for smoking cessation. Archives of Internal Medicine. Jan 10;171(1):46-53.
Christian, JG, Byers TE, Christian KK, Goldstein MG, Bock BC, Prioreschi B, & Bessesen, DH. (2011). A computer support program helps clinicians tailor weight loss counseling to patients diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 111: 75-83.
Bock BC, Jennings E, Becker BM & Niaura, RS (2011). Characteristics and predictors of readiness to quit among emergency medical patients presenting with respiratory symptoms. International Journal of Emergency Medicine. 4:24.
Williams DM, Papandonatos GD, Jennings EG, Napolitano MA, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Bock BC, Albrecht AE, Dunsiger S, Parisi AF, King AC and Marcus BH. (2011). Does Tailoring on Additional Theoretical Constructs Enhance the Efficacy of a Print-based Physical Activity Promotion Intervention? Health Psychology, Jul:30(4), 432-441.
Rabin C. & Bock BC. (2011). Desired Features of Smartphone Applications Promoting Physical Activity. Telemedicine and EHealth. 17(10), 801-803.
Clarke JG, Martin RA, Stein LAR, Lopes CE, Mello J, Friedmann P, & Bock BC. (2011). Working Inside for Smoking Elimination (Project W.I.S.E.): Study Design and Rationale to Prevent Return to Smoking after Release from a Smoke Free Prison. BMC Public Health, 11:767.
Bock BC, Hudmon K, Christian J & Bock F. (2010). A tailored intervention to support pharmacy-based counseling for smoking cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 12(3):217-225.
Bock BC, Morrow KM, Becker BM, Williams DM, Tremont G, Gaskins R, Jennings E, Fava J & Marcus BH (2010). Yoga as a complementary treatment for smoking cessation. Rationale, study design and participant characteristics of the Quitting-in-Balance study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Apr 29: 10:14.
Lewis B, Williams D, Dunsiger S, Sciamanna C, Whiteley J, Napolitano M, Bock, BC, Jakicic J, Getz, M. & Marcus, BH. (2009). User attitudes towards physical activity websites in a randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 47(5), 508-513.
Bock BC, Lewis BM, Jennings E, Marcus-Blank, J & Marcus BH. (2009). Women and smoking cessation: Challenges and opportunities. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 3(3) 205-210.
Bock BC. (2009). Opportunities and challenges in behavioral informatics: Observations on the Pounds Off Digitally study. Invited commentary. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37(4), 377-8.
Boudreaux ED, Cydulka R, Bock BC, Borrelli B. & Bernstein SL. (2009). Conceptual models of health behavior: Research in the emergency care settings. Academic Emergency Medicine 16, 1120–1123.
Marquez DX, Bustamante EE, Bock BC, Markenson G, Tovar A & Chasan-Taber L. (2009). Perspectives of Latina and non-Latina white women on barriers and facilitators to exercise in pregnancy. Women & Health 49(6-7), 505-521.
Pekmezi DW, Neighbors CJ, Lee CS, Gans KM, Bock BC, Morrow KM, Marquez B, Dunsiger S & Marcus BH. (2009). A culturally adapted physical activity intervention for Latinas: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37(6):495-500.
Bock BC, Becker BM & Borrelli BC. (2008). Smoking behavior and risk perception among the parents of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 10(1), 47-54.
Bock BC, Becker BM, Niaura RS, Partridge R, Fava JL & Trask P. (2008). Smoking cessation among patients in an emergency chest pain observation unit: Outcomes of the Chest Pain Smoking Study (CPSS). Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 10(10), 1523-32.
Bock BC, Graham AL, Whiteley JA & Stoddard JL. (2008). A review of web-assisted tobacco interventions (WATI). Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10(5), e39.
Christian JG, Bessesen DH, Byers TE, Christian KK, Goldstein MG and Bock BC. (2008) Clinic-based support to help overweight patients with type 2 diabetes increase physical activity and lose weight. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(2), 141-146
Napolitano, MA, Papandonatos G, Lewis B, Whiteley J, Williams D, King A, Bock BC, Pinto B, & Marcus B. (2008). Mediators of physical activity behavior change: A multivariate approach. Health Psychology, 27(4), 409-418.
Merchant RC, Gee EM, Bock BC, Becker BM & Clark MA (2008). Negative opinions about cancer screening and contraceptive measures by female emergency department patients. Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 517-533.
Williams DM, Lewis BA, Dunsiger S, Whiteley JA, Papandonatos GD, Napolitano MA, Bock BC, Ciccolo JT, Marcus BH. (2008). Comparing psychosocial predictors of physical activity adoption and maintenance. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36(2), 186-194.
McIntosh S, Selby P, Norman C & Bock BC. (2008). Web assisted tobacco interventions: Workshops for better practices. Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Marcus BH, Napolitano MA, King AC, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Parisi AF, Bock BC, Sciamanna CA, Jakicic JM & Papandonatos GD. (2007). Examination of print and telephone channels for physical activity promotion: Rationale, design and baseline data from Project STRIDE. Contemp Clin Trials, 28, 90-104.
Bock BC, Becker BM, Partridge R & Niaura RS. (2007). Are emergency chest pain patients ready to quit smoking? Preventive Cardiology, 10(2), 76-82.
Merchant RC, Casadei K, Gee EM, Bock BC, Becker BM, and Clark MA. (2007) Patients’ emergency contraception knowledge, usage, and view of the emergency department role for emergency contraception. Journal of Emergency Medicine, 33(4), 367-375.
Marcus BH, Lewis BA, Williams DM, Dunsiger S, Jakicic JM, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Napolitano MA, Bock BC, Tate DF, Sciamanna CN & Parisi AF. (2007). A comparison of Internet and print-based physical activity interventions. Archives of Internal Medicine, 167, 944-949.
Merchant RC, Vuittonet CL, Clark MA, Gee EM, Bock BC & Becker BM. (2007). Implications of question format in emergency department preventive health knowledge surveys. Academic Emergency Medicine, 14, 549-557.
Marcus BH, Napolitano MA, King AC, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Parisi AF, Bock BC, Pinto BM, Sciamanna C, Jakicic JM & Papandonatos GD. (2007). Telephone versus print delivery of an individualized motivationally-tailored physical activity intervention: Project STRIDE. Health Psychology, 26(4), 401-417.
Merchant RC, McGregor AJ, Gee EM, Bock BC, Becker BM, & Clark MA. (2007). Women’s preventive health service preferences in the Rhode Island Hospital emergency department. Medicine & Health, Rhode Island, 90(8), 235-237.
Marcus BH, Lewis BA, Williams DM, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Jakicic JM, Parisi AF, Hogan JW, Napolitano MA & Bock BC. (2007) Step into Motion: A randomized trial examining the relative efficacy of Internet vs. print-based physical activity interventions. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 28(6), 737-747.
Merchant RC, Gee EM, Bock BC, Becker BM & Clark MA (2007). Correlates of women’s cancer screening and contraceptive knowledge among female emergency department patients. BMC Women’s Health. May 22; 7:7.
Napolitano MA, Whiteley JA, Marcus BH, Farrell NC, Albrecht A, Bock BC, Dutton G, Sciamanna C & Papandonatos G. (2006). Outcomes from the women’s wellness project: A community-focused physical activity trial for women. Preventive Medicine, 43 447-753.
Merchant RC, Damergis JA, Gee EM, Bock BC, Becker BM & Clark MA (2006). Contraceptive usage, knowledge, and correlates of usage among female emergency department patients. Contraception, 74(3), 201-207.
Lewis, BA, Forsyth LH, Pinto BM, Bock BC, Roberts M. & Marcus BH. (2006). Psychosocial mediators of physical activity in a randomized controlled intervention trial. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 28, 193-204.
Graham A, Bock BC, Cobb N, Niaura RS & Abrams DB. (2006) Characteristics of smokers reached and recruited to an internet smoking cessation trial: A case of denominators. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 8(1suppl), S43-S48.
Graham A, Papandonatos G, Bock BC, Cobb N, Baskin-Sommers A, Niaura RS & Abrams DB. (2006). Internet- versus telephone-administered questionnaires in a randomized trial of smoking cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 8(1suppl), S49-S58.
Bock BC, Niaura RS, Neighbors CJ., Carmona-Barros R & Azam, M. (2005). Differences between Latino and non-Latino white smokers in cognitive and behavioral characteristics relevant to smoking cessation. Addictive Behaviors, 30(4), 711-724.
Cobb N, Graham A, Bock BC, Papandonatos G & Abrams DB. (2005). Initial evaluation of a real world Internet smoking cessation system. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 7(2), 207-216.
Marcus BH, Lewis BA, Hogan J, King TK, Albrecht AE, Bock BC, Parisi AF, Niaura R. & Abrams DB. (2005). The efficacy of moderate-intensity physical activity as an aid for smoking cessation in women: A randomized controlled trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 7(6), 871-880.
Bock BC, Graham AL, Sciamanna CN, Krishnamoorthy J, Whiteley J, Carmona-Barros R, Niaura RS. & Abrams DB (2004). Smoking cessation treatment on the internet: Content, quality and usability. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 6(2), 207-219.
Girard DD, Partridge RA, Becker BM. & Bock BC. (2004). Alcohol and tobacco use in the elderly emergency department patient: Assessment of rates and medical care utilization. Academic Emergency Medicine, 11, 378-382.
Sciamanna C, Marcus BH, Goldstein MG, Lawrence K, Swartz S, Bock BC, Graham A, & Ahern DK. (2004). Feasibility of incorporating computer-tailored health behavior communications in primary care settings. Informatics in Primary Care, 12(1), 40-48.
Esler JL & Bock BC. (2004). Psychological treatments for non-cardiac chest pain: Recommendations for a new approach. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 56, 263-269.
Marcus B H, Lewis BA, King TK, Albrecht AE, Hogan J, Bock BC, Parisi AF. & Abrams DB. (2003). Rationale, design, and baseline data for Commit to Quit II: An evaluation of the efficacy of moderate-intensity physical activity as an aid to smoking cessation in women. Preventive Medicine, 36, 479-492.
Bock BC, Carmona-Barros RE, Esler J & Tilkemeier, PL (2003). Program participation and physical activity maintenance after cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Behavior Modification, 27, 37-53.
Esler, JL & Bock BC. (2003). A review of psychological treatments for non-cardiac chest pain and recommendations for a new approach. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 1-7.
Winickoff JP, Glauber JH, Perrin JM, Bock BC & Rigotti NA. (2003). The process of improving tobacco dependence medication use in a Medicaid managed care organization: A practical systems-level approach. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 10, 535-540.
Bock BC, Becker BM, Partridge R, Niaura RS & Abrams DB. (2003). A prospective study of coping styles and stress symptoms after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Medicine & Health, Rhode Island, 86, 340-341.
Borrelli B, Hogan J, Bock BC, Pinto B, Roberts M, & Marcus B. (2002). Predictors of quitting and dropout among women in a clinic-based smoking cessation program. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 16(1) 22-27.
Bock BC. (2002). Issues in predicting adherence to cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 22(4), 261-263
Bock BC, & Becker, B. (2002). Smoking cessation: Critical pathways. Critical Pathways in Cardiology, 1(2), 116-128.
Niaura R, Bock BC, Lloyd EE, Brown R, Lipsitt LP. & Buka S. (2001). Maternal transmission of nicotine dependence: Psychiatric, neurocognitive, and prenatal factors. The American Journal on Addictions, 10, 16-29.
Bock BC, Marcus BH, Pinto B & Forsyth L. (2001). Maintenance of physical activity following an individualized motivationally-tailored intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 23, 79-87.
Bock BC, Becker B, Monteiro R, Partridge R, Fisher S, & Spencer J. (2001). Physician intervention and patient risk perception among smokers with acute respiratory illness in the emergency department". Preventive Medicine, 32, 175-181.
Block P, Bock BC, Becker B. & Everhart S. (2001). Alcohol and substance use by adolescents and young adults with recent spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Disability Studies Quarterly, 21(2) 357-366.
King TK, Matacin M, Marcus BH, Bock BC, & Tripolone J. (2000). Body image evaluations in women smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 25, 613-618.
Bock BC, Becker B, Niaura R. & Partridge R. (2000). Smoking among emergency chest pain patients: Motivation to quit, risk perception and physician intervention. Nicotine & Tobacco Research,2, 93-96.
Pinto BM, Borrelli B, King TK, Bock BC, Clark MM, Roberts M. & Marcus BH. (1999). Weight control smoking among sedentary women. Addictive Behaviors, 24, 75-86.
Bock BC, Niaura R, Fontes A. & Bock FR. (1999). Acceptability of computer assessments in minority and underserved smokers. American Journal of Health Promotion, 13, 299-304.
Bock BC, Marcus BH, King T. & Borrelli B. (1999). Exercise effects on withdrawal symptoms and mood among women attempting smoking cessation. Addictive Behaviors, 24, 399-410.
Borrelli B, Marcus BH, Clark MM, Bock BC, King TA. & Roberts M. (1999). History of depression and subsyndromal depression in women smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 24, 781-794.
Marcus BH, Emmons, KM, Simkin-Silverman L, Linnan LA, Taylor E, Bock BC, Roberts MB, Rossi JS. & Abrams DB. (1998) Evaluation of motivationally-tailored versus standard self-help physical activity interventions at the workplace. American Journal of Health Promotion, 12, 138-146.
Bock BC, Marcus BM, Rossi J. & Redding C. (1998). Motivational readiness for change: Diet, exercise and smoking. American Journal of Health Behavior, 22, 248-258.
Marcus BH, Bock BC, Pinto BM, Forsyth L, Roberts M. & Traficante R. (1998). Efficacy of individualized, motivationally tailored physical activity intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 174-180.
Bock BC, Albrecht AE, Traficante R, Clark MM, Pinto BM, Tilkemeier P, Forman D. & Marcus, BH. (1997). Predictors of exercise adherence following cardiac rehabilitation. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 4, 60-75.
Bock BC, Goldstein MG. & Marcus BH. (1997). Stopping smoking. USAD: Understanding Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, 2, 18-21.
Bock BC, Goldstein MG. & Marcus BH. (1996). Depression following smoking cessation in women. Journal of Substance Abuse, 8, 137-144.
Marcus BH, King TK, Clark MM, Pinto BM. & Bock BC. (1996). Theories and techniques for promoting physical activity behaviors. Sports Medicine, 22, 321-331.
Borrelli BC, Bock BC, King T, Pinto BM. & Marcus BH. (1996). The impact of depression on smoking cessation in women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 12, 378-387.
Bock BC. & Kanarek RB. (1995). Women and men are what they eat: The effects of gender and reported meal size on perceived characteristics. Sex Roles, 33, 109-119.
Bock BC., Kanarek RB., & Aprille J. (1995). The mineral content of the diet alters sucrose-induced obesity in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 57, 659-668.
Frye CA., Bock BC., & Kanarek RB. (1992). Hormonal milieu affects tailflick latency in female rats and may be attenuated by access to sucrose. Physiology & Behavior, 52, 699‑706.
Dr. Bock's primary research focus is the interaction between environment, technology and health behavior change, with a particular emphasis on interventions for Physical activity promotion and treatment of addictions (e.g., alcohol, tobacco). She is currently Principal Investigator on several NIH-funded studies examining the use of technology for exercise promotion and smoking cessation.
Dr. Bock's primary research interest is in the application of technology for studying and promoting health behavior change. Her research topic areas include exercise adoption and maintenance, smoking cessation and alcohol risk reduction.
She is the Principal Investigator on several NIH-funded research studies including: The efficacy of exercise videogames for physical activity promotion; The development of a text-message intervention for smoking cessation; and the application of an electronic health record to promote smoking cessation in the emergency department. She is also the PI of an NIH-funded study to test the efficacy of yoga as a complementary therapy for individuals who are trying to quit smoking and separately, an NIH-funded study of yoga as an adjunctive therapy for diabetes management.
Dr. Bock has served as a member of a standing NIH study section (PRDP), and is currently an ad-hoc reviewer for other NIH study sections and independent (e.g., University, Rand corp) review panels.
Selected Research Projects
As Principal Investigator:
Examining the Efficacy of Exercise Videogames for Physical Activity Adoption and Maintenance. (1R01HL109116). This study is a 3-group randomized, controlled trial among healthy, sedentary adults testing the efficacy of exercise videogames (EVGs) compared to a standard exercise program (Standard) and a control condition. Primary outcomes include time spent in weekly physical activity and changes in physical fitness and cardiovascular health. Following an intensive, 12-week intervention, we will also examine maintenance of physical activity and fitness changes during a 6-month home based maintenance program (EVG and Standard interventions). This study will also examine changes in theoretically-based constructs that will shed light on the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms underlying observed between-group differences in adherence to PA.
System-based Tracking and Treatment for Emergency Patients who Smoke: STTEPS. (R01CA156699) This is a translational study to develop and implement a tobacco treatment program following the US PHS guidelines by integrating intervention parameters into an existing electronic medical tracking software program that is widely used across the United States. In this study we will adapt an existing Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to facilitate the identification of smokers, prompt physician intervention, enhance the provision of smoking cessation intervention materials as discharge instructions, facilitate quit-smoking medication prescription and advice, and connect the patient to follow up care through their primary care provider and a pro-active telephone quit line. After full implementation of the EDIS system we will recruit a second patient cohort to examine the impact/efficacy and cost/efficacy of the system. Contemporaneous with the Step 1 and Step 2 cohorts, we will recruit two cohorts of smoking patients at a second (no intervention) ED site to control for historical trends. This study is a comprehensive systems-based translation of empirically supported tobacco treatment built upon a widely used patient tracking platform that maximizes the probability for a sustained, disseminable application of this intervention approach.
Examining a Text Message Intervention for Smoking Cessation. (R21 DA027142; B. Bock, PI / R44 041904 - with C.Deutsch PI). The initial R21 study developed and conducted preliminary testing of a tailored smoking-cessation intervention delivered through text-messaging. The R44 (SBIR) project will conduct rigorous efficacy testing in a fully powered, randomized controlled clinical trial.
Methods for Understanding Sentinel Events (R21 DA032739).
This study delineated the cognitive and affective mechanisms of action that mediate between a sentinel event (incarceration or "a teachable moment") and behavior change milestones, including making a decision to stop using drugs, entering drug treatment, initiating a quit attempt, lapsing, and relapsing. In this study we created and validated measures of the model's constructs and examine the feasibility of different methods for obtaining ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in jail and in the community (necessary for full testing of the model).
Principal Investigators: Beth Bock, PhD and Jennifer Clarke, MD (multiple PI project)
Efficacy of Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Smoking Cessation (R01 AT006948). This study tests the efficacy of Yoga as a complementary therapy for smoking cessation in a randomized, controlled 2-group study design. Adult smokers will be provided with smoking cessation counseling (SCC) and randomly assigned to either; 1) Yoga, or 2) a Control group (CTL) given a Health & Wellness program to control for contact time. Smoking abstinence will be measured at the end of treatment and at 3, 6 and 12 months follow-up.
Text Messaging as a Novel Alcohol Intervention for Community College Students (R21 AA021014). This study used both qualitative and quantitative methods to develop a program for alcohol risk reduction delivered through text messaging. Qualitative interviews and focus groups with the target population (community college students who drink alcohol) were used to develop message content that was culturally consistent and authentic. These messages were then delivered to a sample of 60 community college students in a randomized clinical pilot study to examine preliminary effects of the intervention and test both feasibility and acceptability.
Projects as Co-Investigator:
Improving Adherence and Cognition in Substance-Using HIV Patients. (R34DA031057; R. Cohen, PI). The goal of this study was to test the feasibility and initial efficacy of a computer game for cognitive rehabilitation among HIV positive patients with substance use disorders (SUDs).
Motivating Smokers with Mobility Impairments to Quit Smoking. (R01CA137616; B. Borrelli, PI). The goal of this study is to develop and test a motivationally tailored intervention designed to assist smokers with physical mobility impairments to quit smoking.
Culturally and Linguistically Adapted Physical Activity Intervention for Latinas: Seamos Activas. (R01NR011295; B. Marcus, PI). The purpose of the study is to promote physical activity among this at-risk population using a high-reach, low-cost strategy, which has great potential for adoption on a larger scale and thus high potential for reducing existing health disparities in the U.S.
The Sentinel Events Model: A Dynamic Model of Substance Use Cessation. (R01DA023170; E. Boudreaux, PI). This project develops and validates the Sentinel Events Model, a new dynamic model predicated on the observation that quit attempts using addictive substances are often preceded by the experience of negative consequence of use, such as health problems. We seek to better delineate the cognitive and affective mechanisms of action that mediate between sentinel events and behavior change milestones. Our study uses an innovative measurement strategy: cellular telephone-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA).
Sustaining Tobacco Abstinence Post-Release in Smoke-Free Jails. (R01 DA024093; J. Clarke, PI). This study examines the efficacy of a six-session pre-release counseling program on the maintenance of smoking abstinence following release from a smoke-free prison. Role: Co-Investigator
Interactive Technologies to Increase Exercise Behavior. (R01HL69866; B. Marcus, PI). This study examines the use of an individually tailored physical activity intervention delivered via the internet and tailored using a computer expert system.
Principal Investigator. 1992.
Exercise and Eating Disturbance in College Students.
Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid for Graduate Research. $500.
Co-Investigator (K. Stoney, Principal Investigator). 1994-1995.
Physiological Reactivity and Exposure to Stress.
Brown University Research Support Grant. $14,400.
Co-Principal Investigator (B. Marcus, Principal Investigator). 1994-1996.
Development and Evaluation of an Exercise Expert System for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction. American Heart Association. $57,982.
Co-Investigator (B. Marcus, Principal Investigator). 1994-1996.
Smoking Cessation, Weight Gain, and Exercise in Underserved Women.
National Institutes of Health (NIH): Office of Research on Women's Health. $ 99,287.
Co-Investigator (R. Niaura, Principal Investigator). 1996-1999.
Motivation and Nicotine Patch Treatment for Under-served Smokers.
NIH: National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). $1,200,000.
Principal Investigator. 1998-1999.
Smoking Cessation in the Chest Pain Observation Unit.
Department of Psychiatry Research Support Grant, Brown University School of Medicine. $12,500.
Co-Investigator. (M. Goldstein, PI).
Immunizing Against Pediatric Tobacco Use in Health Care. 1998-2003.
National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute. $1,799,600.
Co- Investigator. (B. Marcus, Principal Investigator) 1998-2002.
Moderate Exercise to Aid Smoking Cessation in Women. National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute. $1,057,556.
Principal Investigator. 1999-2002.
Smoking Cessation in the Emergency Department. American Heart Association, 500,000.
Co-investigator. (F. Bock, PI). 1999-2002.
Computerized Smoking Cessation Support. National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute. R44CA74624. $354,293.
Co-Investigator. (D. Abrams, PI). 1999-2003.
Nicotine Dependence: Risk and Recovery Over Generations. Project 2 - Adolescent Progression of Nicotine Dependence. National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute. R01CA98029 $1,495,455
Principal Investigator. 1999-2003.
Smoking Cessation Interventions in the Chest Pain Observation Unit.
NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. R01HL60986 $1,377,260.
Principal Investigator. 2000-2004.
Smoking Cessation in Emergency Respiratory Patients.
NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. R01HL/CA65595 $2,033,656.
Co-Investigator: (B. Marcus, PI). 2000-2004.
Exercise Instructions via Phone or Print. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). R01HL64342 $1,600,577.
Principal Investigator (subcontract: B.Becker, Project PI). 2000-2002. Smoking Cessation for Mothers and Other Household Members of Babies Being Treated in a Special Care Nursery. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. $529,651.
Co-Investigator: (P. Block, PI). 2001-2003.
Shake it Up for Alcohol and Substance Use Reduction. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
Consultant: (J. Christian, PI). 2002-2004.
Computer Assisted Support for Diabetics. NIH: National Istitute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. R43 DK066711.
Co-Investigator (J. Christian, PI). 2003-2005.
Computer Assisted Support for Under-Served Diabetics.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases R43DK60272 $99,978.
Co-Investigator. (B. Marcus, PI). 2003-2006.
Interactive Technologies to Increase Exercise Behavior.
NIH: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. R01HL69866 $1,678,030.
Consultant. (C. Cartter, PI). 2003-2004.
Integrated Web and Phone Smoking Cessation Counseling.
NIH: National Cancer Institute. R43CA099211.
Consultant. (C. Cartter, PI). 2003-2004.
Web-based Smoking Cessation Medication Compliance System.
NIH: National Cancer Institute. R43CA097903
Principal Investigator. 2004-2008.
Tailored Exercise Support for Cardiac Patients. NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. R01HL075561 $1,456,135
Co-Investigator (A. Graham, PI). 2004-2008.
Internet and Telephone Treatment for Smoking Cessation. NIH: National Cancer Institute. R01CA104836 $2,253,106
Co-Investigator (B. Borrelli, PI). 2004-2006.
Motivating Latino Patients of Kids with Asthma to Quit Smoking.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. $249,999.
Co-Investigator (B. Marcus, PI). 2006-2010.
Stride-II. Exercise Instructions via Phone or Print. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. R01HL064342 $1,802,580
Principal Investigator (subcontract. C. Cartter, Project PI). 2005-2007.
Web-based smoking cessation medication compliance system. NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse. R44DA097903. $93,908.
Principal Investigator (subcontract. R. Rende, Project PI). 2003-2008. Sibling influence on smoking in everyday settings. R01DA016795. $80,606
Consultant. (E. Boudreaux, PI). 2006.
The Dynamic and Assessment Referral System for Substance Abuse (DARSSA). R41DA021455-01 $145,852.
Co-Investigator (B. Marcus, PI). 2006-2010. Using a YMCA Exercise Program to Enhance Nicotine Dependence Treatment for Women. National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Drug Abuse. R01DA021729. $413,159.
Principal Investigator (subcontract, B. Marcus, PI). 2006-2008. Seamos Activas: A Culturally Tailored Intervention for Physical Activity. National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Nursing Research. R21NR009864. $311,575.
Principal Investigator 2007-2009. Yoga for Women Attempting Smoking Cessation: An initial investigation. National Institutes of Health: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. R21AT003669-01. $555,414.
Principal Investigator (subcontract. E. Boudreaux, Project PI). 2008-2013. The Sentinel Events Model: A Dynamic Model of Substance Use Cessation National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Drug Abuse. R01DA023170 $2,170,335.
Co-Investigator (B. Borrelli, PI). 2009-2014. Motivating Smokers with Mobility Impairments to Quit Smoking. National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute. R01CA137616. $4,395,766.
Principal Investigator. (subcontract. J. Clarke, Project PI). 2009-2011. Sustaining Tobacco Abstinence Post-Release in Smoke-Free Jails. National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Drug Abuse. R01DA024093. $2,772,878.
Principal Investigator (subcontract. B. Marcus, Project PI). 2009-2014. Culturally and Linguistically Adapted Physical Activity Intervention for Latinas. National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Nursing Research. R01NR011295. $3,325,526.
Principal Investigator 2009-2011. Examining A Text Messaging Intervention for Smoking Cessation. NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse R21DA027142. $574,356.
Principal Investigator 2009-2010. Competitive Revision. Yoga for Women Attempting Smoking Cessation: An initial investigation. NIH: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine R21AT003669-02S1. $225,000.
Co-Investigator (E. Serber, PI). 2010-2011. Wii Heart Fitness: Study One. Grant # 20092948. Rhode Island Foundation. $14,599.
Co-Investigator. (R. Cohen, PI). 2010-2012. Improving Adherence and Cognition in Substance-Using HIV Patients. NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse. R34DA031057 $323,852.
Principal Investigator. 2011-2016. Efficacy of Exercise Videogames for Physical Activity Adoption and Maintenance. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. R01 HL109116 $2,593,209.
Principal Investigator. 2011-2016. System-based Tracking and Treatment for Emergency Patients who Smoke: STTEPS. NIH: National Cancer Institute. R01CA156699 $2,610,178.
Principal Investigator. 2012-2017. Efficacy of Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Smoking Cessation. NIH: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. R01AT006948. $2,965,826
Principal Investigator (J. Clarke, Co-PI; Multiple PI project). 2012-2014. Methods for Understanding Sentinel Events. NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse. R21DA032739. $275,000.
Principal Investigator. 2012-2014. Text Messaging as a Novel Alcohol Intervention for Community College Students. NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism R21AA021014. $389,045
1999 - New Investigator Award. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
2003 - The Francis Wayland Collegium, Brown University. Course Development Award. E-Health: Computers, the Internet and Health Care Delivery.
2005 - Community Service Award. Brown University, Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, The Miriam Hospital.
2012 - Fellow, American Psychological Association.