Professor Linda Diane Cameron
Research | Current
- Self-regulation and health
- Emotion regulation
- Risk perceptions
- Cancer screening
- Psychosocial aspects of genetic testing
My research focuses on developing health communications and psychosocial interventions for individuals who have or are at risk for illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. This research takes a self-regulation perspective by evaluating the cognitive and emotional processes influencing health behaviors and illness experiences. I focus on both theoretical and applied aspects of issues in order to address the parallel goals of developing theoretically-based interventions and refining psychological theory. Projects have included the development and evaluation of psychosocial support programs for women with breast cancer, therapeutic writing techniques for stress management, and exercise therapy as an aid for smoking cessation.
One line of research explores the conceptual and imagery contents of mental representations of health threats. Using new assessment tools, my colleagues and I are exploring the types of mental images that individuals associate with disease risk. These findings have important implications for using imagery in health communications, and they have been applied in several projects on graphic warning labels for tobacco products and communications about genetic testing for disease susceptibility. In collaboration with computer scientists and colleagues, we are also developing computer-based programs incorporating animations and images of the heart and body to improve understanding of heart disease risk and protective behaviors (e.g., low-fat diet and physical activity).
Our Health Communications and Interventions Laboratory includes colleagues and students at University of California-Merced and The University of Auckland who work with collaborators from around the world on research projects.
You can visit our website at: www.cameronhcilab.com/lab
- Member, Executive Committee, Centre for Health Services Research & Policy
- Member, Health Cognition Group, National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health
- Member, Executive Committee, Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine
- Member, Governing Council, International Society of Behavioral Medicine
- Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 2008 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Tokyo
- Member, National Support and Volunteer Services Advisory Committee, New Zealand Cancer Society
Associate Editor, Journal of Behavioral Medicine
- Associate Editor, British Journal of Health Psychology
- Editorial Board, Health Psychology Review
- Editorial Board, Psychology and Health
- Fellow, U.S. Society of Behavioral Medicine Research
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Brown, P. M., Cameron, L. D., & Ramondt, S. (2015). Sustainability of behavioral interventions: beyond cost-effectiveness analysis. International journal of behavioral medicine, 22 (3), 425-433. 10.1007/s12529-014-9437-z
- Cameron, L. D., Pepper, J. K., & Brewer, N. T. (2015). Responses of young adults to graphic warning labels for cigarette packages. Tobacco control, 24 (e1), e14-e22. 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050645
- Muller, C., & Cameron, L. D. (2014). Trait anxiety, information modality, and responses to communications about prenatal genetic testing. Journal of behavioral medicine, 37 (5), 988-999. 10.1007/s10865-014-9555-8
- Loft, M., & Cameron, L. (2014). The importance of sleep: Relationships between sleep quality and work demands, the prioritization of sleep and pre-sleep arousal in day-time employees. Work & Stress, 28 (3), 289-304. 10.1080/02678373.2014.935523
- Muller, C., & Cameron, L. D. (2014). IT'S COMPLICATED - PREDICTORS OF DECISIONAL UNCERTAINTY IN PRENATAL TESTING. ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 47, S284-S284.
- Ramondt, S., Tiemensma, J., Cameron, L., Broadbent, E., & Kaptein, A. (2014). PATIENTS' DRAWINGS OF BLOOD CELLS REVEAL PATIENTS' PERCEPTION OF THEIR BLOOD DISORDER. ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. (pp. 1).
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent
- Muller, C., & Cameron, L. D. (2014). Trait anxiety, information modality, and responses to communications about prenatal genetic testing. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-12. 10.1007/s10865-014-9555-8
- Arndt, J., Das, E., Schagen, S. B., Reid-Arndt, S. A., Cameron, L. D., & Ahles, T. A. (2014). Broadening the cancer and cognition landscape: the role of self-regulatory challenges. Psycho-oncology, 23 (1), 1-8. 10.1002/pon.3351