Austin Baldwin


Austin Baldwin

Assistant Professor

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In my research, my students and I focus on theoretically-guided questions aimed at understanding individuals’ decisions to engage in and maintain health behaviors. This work spans different health domains including smoking cessation, weight loss, physical activity, chronic illness management, and vaccinations. My research bridges basic and applied science with work in laboratory and field settings, addressing factors that are relevant to people’s decisions at different phases of health behavior change. The questions that guide my research sit at the interface of social, clinical, and health psychology and include questions such as “Why are people’s own persuasive arguments effective in changing health behavior?”, “How can self-persuasion be used effectively to change health behavior?”, and “Why are most people unsuccessful at maintaining health behavior changes?”. My research has important clinical and public health implications as we work to identify important factors on which interventions can more effectively be tailored, as well as making important theoretical contributions as we also work to refine and enrich psychological theory of behavioral decision-making.


Baldwin, A.S., Baldwin, S.A., Loehr, V.G., Kangas, J.L., & Frierson, G. (in press). Elucidating satisfaction with physical activity: An examination of the day-to-day associations between experiences with physical activity and satisfaction during physical activity initiation. Psychology & Health.

Baldwin, A.S., Rothman, A.J., Vander Weg, M.W., & Christensen, A.J. (in press). Examining the causal effects and mediating process underlying self-generated health arguments for exercise and smoking cessation. Health Psychology.

Loehr, V.G., Baldwin, A.S., Rosenfield, D., & Smits, J.A.J. (in press). Weekly variability in outcome expectations: Examining associations with related physical activity experiences during physical activity initiation. Journal of Health Psychology.

Baldwin, A.S., Bruce, C.M., & Tiro, J.A. (2013). Understanding how mothers of adolescent girls obtain information about the HPV vaccine: Associations between mothers’ health beliefs, information seeking, and vaccination intentions in an ethnically diverse sample. Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 921-933.

Rothman, A.J., & Baldwin, A.S. (2012). A person x intervention strategy approach to understanding health behavior. In K. Deaux & M. Snyder (Eds.), Handbook of  personality and social psychology (pp. 729-752). Oxford University Press.

Rothman, A.J., Baldwin, A.S., Hertel, A.W., & Fuglestad, P. (2011). Self-regulation and behavior change: Disentangling behavioral initiation and behavioral maintenance. In K. Vohs & R. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications (2nd ed.; pp. 106-122). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Kellerman, Q.D., Christensen, A.J., Baldwin, A.S., & Lawton, W.J. (2010). Association between depressive symptoms and mortality risk in chronic kidney disease. Health Psychology, 29, 594-600.

Baldwin, A.S., Kellerman, Q.D., & Christensen, A.J. (2010).  Coping with chronic illness.  In J. Suls, K. Davidson, & R. Kaplan (Eds.), Handbook of health psychology and behavioral medicine (pp. 494 – 507). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Baldwin, A.S., Rothman, A.J., & Jeffery, R.W. (2009). Satisfaction with weight loss: Examining the longitudinal covariation between people’s weight-loss-related outcomes and experiences and their satisfaction. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 213-224.

Baldwin, A.S., Rothman, A.J., Hertel, A.W., Keenan, N.K., & Jeffery, R.W. (2009). Longitudinal associations between people’s cessation-related experiences and their satisfaction with cessation. Psychology & Health, 24, 187-201.

Baldwin, A.S., Cvengros, J.A., Christensen, A.J., Ishani, A., & Kaboli, P.K. (2008). Preferences for a patient-centered role orientation: Association with patient-information-seeking behavior and clinical markers of health. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 80-86.

Baldwin, A.S., Rothman, A.J., Hertel, A.W., Linde, J.A., Jeffery, R.W., Finch, E., & Lando, H. (2006). Specifying the determinants of the initiation and maintenance of behavior change: An examination of self-efficacy, satisfaction, and smoking cessation. Health Psychology, 25, 626-634.