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Peter R. Giacobbi, PhD


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Professional Highlights

  • Research focus on chronic disease risk reduction using digital and other delivery technologies 
  • Current Google Scholar H-index of 36, Scopus H-index of 26
  • Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine


  • Ph.D., Education with Emphasis in Sport Psychology, University of Tennessee
  • M.S., Sport Behavior and Performance, Miami University
  • B.A., Psychology, State University of New York

Areas of Expertise

  • Health behavior change.
  • Chronic disease prevention.
  • Public health evaluation.
  • Guided imagery in sport and exercise settings, overall well-being and managing health behavior

Research Interests

  • Delivery of guided imagery interventions on smart phones and social media
  • Guided imagery in sport and for health behavior change
  • Testing interventions that simultaneously address multiple health behaviors

Committees and Memberships

  • Member, American Public Health Association (APHA), 2016-Present
  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2006-Present

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Peter Giacobbi's research focuses on testing theory-based interventions to prevent chronic disease through inter-disciplinary team science and the creative application of new and existing technologies. His expertise is in the use of guided imagery as a mind-body technique to assist with health behavior change. Guided imagery is the controlled visualization of goals and aspirations and is important in the regulation of human behavior, learning new skills and performance enhancement. His research publications reflect ongoing efforts to creatively deliver this behavior change technique using in-person, telephone, social media and mobile health (mHealth) applications.