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 Behavioral Science Research at Boston University, in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research, 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.
Dr. Borrelli is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in motivating behavior change, with 90+ 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. Recently, Dr. Borrelli has begun research on utilizing mHealth and eHealth platforms to initiate and sustain health behavior change.
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 Div 38 Health Psychology. 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 is 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. During her tenure at Brown, she served as primary mentor to over 25 interns, post-docs, and NIH K award recipients.