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  • Erin Tooley, PhD

  • Erin Tooley, PhD, is a research associate at The Miriam Hospital and a postdoctoral fellow at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Centers for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine. She is currently a recipient of the NIH-funded T32 fellowship in cardiovascular behavioral medicine.

    Tooley's research interests focus around a common theme: the development and implementation of health-enhancement and health-behavior change interventions within pre-existing health care organizations. Specifically, her research interests include the use of motivational interviewing (MI) to promote the use of healthy behaviors in at-risk populations, such as cardiac patients and patients with substance use disorders, and the best ways to train and implement MI in health care settings. Tooley is also interested in factors such as mindfulness that promote resilience in clinical populations and health behavior change interventions that include family members and significant others.

    Empirically-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Smith, B.W., Ortiz, J.A., Steffen, L. E., Tooley, E.M., Wiggins, K.T., Yeater, E.A., Montoya, J. D., & Bernard, M. L. (in press). Mindfulness is associated with fewer PTSD symptoms, depression symptoms, physical symptoms, and alcohol problems in urban firefighters. Accepted to Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

    Smith, B.W.,  Tooley, E.M., Christopher, P.J., & Kay, V.S. (2010). Resilience as the ability to bounce back from stress: A neglected personal resource? Journal of Positive Psychology, 5, 166-176.

    Smith, B. W., Papp, Z., Tooley, E., Montague, E., Robinson, A., & Cosper, C. (2010). Traumatic events, perceived stress, and health in women with fibromyalgia and healthy controls. Stress and Health, 26, 83-93.

    Hoyt, T., Pasupathi, M., Smith, B. W., Yeater, E. A., Kay, V. S., & Tooley, E. (2010). Disclosure of emotional events in groups at risk for PTSD. International Journal of Stress Management, 17, 78-95.

    Smith, B.W., Tooley, E.M., Montague, E.Q., Robinson, A.E., Cosper, C.J, & Mullins, P.G.M. (2009). The role of resilience and purpose in life in habituation to heat and cold pain. The Journal of Pain, 10, 493-500.

    Smith, B. W., Tooley, E. M., Montague, E. Q., Robinson, A. E., Cosper, C. J., & Mullins, P. G. (2008). Habituation and sensitization to heat and cold pain in women with fibromyalgia and healthy controls. Pain, 140, 420-428

    Smith, B.W., Dalen, J., Wiggins, K., Tooley, E., Christopher, P., & Bernard, J. (2008). The Brief Resilience Scale: Assessing the ability to bounce back. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15, 194-200.

    Smith, B.W., Shelley, B.M., Dalen, J., Wiggins, K., Tooley, E., & Bernard, J. (2008). A pilot study comparing the effects of Mindfulness-Based and Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Reduction. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14, 251-258.

    Book Chapters

    Smith, B.W., Christopher, P.J., Bouldin, L.E., Tooley, E.M., Bernard, J.F., & J. Alexis Ortiz. (2011). Benefit finding predicts improved emotional health following cardiac rehabilitation. Health Psychology. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

    Tooley, E. M. & Moyers, T. (2012). Motivational interviewing. In Rotgers, F., Morgenstern, J., & Walters, S. T. (Eds.), Treating Substance Abuse: Theory and Technique, Third Edition.