Christine Rini, PhD

Christine Rini, PhD

Christine Rini, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Health Behavior

Curriculum vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

319C Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7440
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7440
T: 919-843-6580
2001          University of California at Los Angeles          PhD, Social Psychology

Research interests

Chronic disease management
Clinical trials
Health behavior
Health communication
Maternal health
Mental Health
Women’s health

Research activities

I am a social/health psychologist studying psychosocial factors that facilitate or hinder adjustment to health-related stressors–particularly those related to cancer–and translating findings into interventions. My major interests include: (1) Interpersonal processes, including variation in the effectiveness of enacted social support, peer support provision/receipt, 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., treatment-related) and genomic testing (e.g., diagnosting testing; NCGENES); and (3) Development of behavioral interventions, including those using technology (eHealth). In one NIH-funded study, my colleagues and I developed an automated Internet-based pain coping skills training (PCST) program (PainCOACH) designed to mimic in-person PCST. In an American Cancer Society-funded study, we found benefits of a new intervention for distressed cancer survivors treated with stem cell transplant. Called expressive helping, the intervention paired benefits of emotionally expressive writing with benefits of providing help to other transplant recipients (“peers”).

Select publications
Rini, C., Austin, J., Wu, L. M., Winkel G., et al. (2013).
Harnessing benefits of helping others: A randomized controlled trial testing Expressive Helping to address survivorship problems after hematopoietic stem cell transplant.
Health Psychology.Rini, C., Williams, D. A., Broderick, J., and Keefe, F. J. (2012).
Meeting them where they are: Using the Internet to deliver behavioral pain interventions.
Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2:82-92.Rini, C., Redd, W., Austin, J., Mosher, C. E., et al. (2011).
Effectiveness of partner social support predicts enduring psychological distress after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79:64-74.Rini, C., O’Neill, S. C., Valdimarsdottir, H., Goldsmith, R. E., et al. (2009).
Cognitive and emotional factors predicting decisional conflict among high-risk breast cancer survivors who receive uninformative BRCA1/2 results.
Health Psychology, 28(5):.569-578.

Rini, C., Manne, S., DuHamel, K.N., Austin, J., et al. (2008).
Social support from family and friends as a buffer of low spousal support among mothers of critically ill children: A multilevel modeling approach.
Health Psychology, 27:593-603.

Rini, C., Lawsin, C., Austin, J., DuHamel, K., et al. (2007).
Peer mentoring and survivors’ stories as an informational resource for cancer patients: Positive effects and some cautionary notes.
Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25:163-166.