Department of Psychology

Austin Baldwin


Austin Baldwin

Associate 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, and vaccinations. My research bridges basic and applied science with work in laboratory and field settings, addressing affective and cognitive factors that are relevant to individuals’ health decisions. In addition to working to refine and enrich psychological theory of behavioral decision-making, my research has important clinical and public health implications as we work to identify important targets on which interventions can more effectively be developed.


Baldwin, A.S., Kangas, J.L., Denman, D.C., Smits, J.A.J., Yamada, T., & Otto, M.W. (2016). Cardiorespiratory fitness moderates the effect of an affect-guided physical activity prescription: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45, 445-457.


Sala, M., Baldwin, A.S., & Williams, D.M. (2016). Affective and cognitive predictors of affective response to exercise: Examining unique and overlapping variance. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 27, 1-8.


Chmielewski, M., Sala, M., Tang, R., & Baldwin, A.S. (2016). Examining the construct validity of affective judgments of physical activity measures. Psychological Assessment, 28, 1128-1141.


Baldwin, S.A., Fellingham, G.W., & Baldwin, A.S. (2016). Statistical models for positively skewed physical activity data in health research and behavioral medicine. Health Psychology, 35, 552-562.


Tiro, J.A., Lee, S.C., Marks, E.G., Persaud, D., Skinner, C.S., Street, R.L., Wiebe, D.J., Farrell, D., Bishop, W.P., Fuller, S., & Baldwin, A.S. (2016). Developing a tablet-based self-persuasion intervention promoting adolescent HPV vaccination: Protocol for a three-stage mixed-methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 5, e19.


Denman, D.C., Baldwin. A.S., Marks, E.G., Lee, S.C., & Tiro, J.A. (2016). Modification and validation of the Treatment Self Regulation Questionnaire to assess parental motivation for  

HPV vaccination of adolescents. Vaccine, 34, 4985-4990.


Kangas, J.L., Baldwin, A.S., Rosenfield, D., Rethorst, C.D., & Smits, J.A.J. (2015). Examining the moderating effect of depressive symptoms on the relation between exercise and self-efficacy during the initiation of regular exercise. Health Psychology, 34, 556-565.


Loehr, V.G., & Baldwin. A.S. (2014). Affective forecasting error in exercise: Differences between physically active and inactive individuals. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3, 177-183.


Baldwin, A.S., Rothman, A.J., Vander Weg, M.W., & Christensen, A.J. (2013). Examining the causal effects and mediating process underlying self-generated health arguments for exercise and smoking cessation. Health Psychology, 32, 1209-1217.


Baldwin, A.S., Baldwin, S.A., Loehr, V.G., Kangas, J.L., & Frierson, G. (2013). 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, 28, 1424-1441.


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.