Research Assistant Professor
Health Behavior Health Education, Biostatistics
Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill
Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
Dr. Rini is a social/health psychologist whose work focuses on studying psychosocial factors that facilitate or hinder adjustment to health-related stressors–particularly those related to cancer–and translating findings into interventions. Her major interests include: (1) Interpersonal processes, including variation in the effectiveness of enacted social support, peer support, and interpersonal influences on patient decision making; (2) Other influences on patient decision making and post-decision adjustment, especially in the context of single event decisions (e.g., surgical decisions) and genomic testing (e.g., diagnostic testing; NCGENES); and (3) Development of behavioral interventions, including those using technology (eHealth).