Adjunct Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Belinda Borrelli, PhD was a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Nicotine and Tobacco at Brown Medical School & The Miriam Hospital, with an additonal appointment at the School of Public Health. She completed her residency and fellowship at Brown, was appointed to the faculty in 1997, and remained at Brown until 2014, when she moved to Boston University. 

Dr. Borrelli is now Professor and Director of The Center for Behavioral Science Research at Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester, UK.  She maintains active collaborations with Brown faculty, and is Adjunct Professor at Brown University School of Public Health.

Dr. Borrelli is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in motivating behavior change, with 120+ peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.  She has held over 20 NIH grant awards as PI and Co-I, and numerous grant awards from other agencies and foundations.  Over the past 20+ years, Prof. Borrelli’s research has focused on developing and testing treatments to motivate smoking cessation and secondhand smoke reduction, improving oral health and dietary behaviors, and promoting adherence to medications and treatment regimens for chronic diseases  including sleep apnea, cystic fibrosis, and asthma.  She specializes in integrating theory based treatments into public health contexts, and targeting underserved populations such as those with low income, inner city youth and adults, Latinos, people with mobility impairments, medically ill populations, older adults, and Native-Americans.  Dr. Borrelli  is also developing and testing mobile health platforms to initiate and sustain health behavior change (text messaging; apps; VR) .

Dr. Borrelli has served on grant review panels in the US, Europe, and the UK and is a Fellow of the American College of Reviewers.  She served as an advisor to the NIH on treatment fidelity, for both NIDCR and NHLBI, and has published several invited articles on best practice guidelines that have been widely disseminated.  She provided expert testimony to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on motivating health behavior change. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of Society of Behavioral Medicine. . Dr. Borrelli is a member of several journal editorial boards and has been Associate Editor at leading journals in psychology (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology) and the most cited journal in addiction science (Addiction). She was Co-Editor of a special issue of Health Psychology on mHealth and eHealth interventions. She has taught Motivational Interviewing to health care practitioners in the US and abroad.  She has served as primary mentor to over 35 interns, post-docs, and NIH K award recipients. She was named "Ted Med Research Scholar" in 2015 and received  BU's Research Collaborator of the Year award in 2017.

She is currently appointed as Associate Editor of the 2020 Surgeon General's report on Oral Health in America.



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