• 406 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

Research output per year

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Personal profile

Research interests

literature reviews, in which I evaluated the TTM as applied to the following areas: tobacco use, cancer screening behavior, dietary behavior and exercise behavior.  More recently, I and my colleagues developed a  program for medical residents in which they were trained to use Motivational Interviewing strategies with patients.  My next goal is to develop a fully online training program for nurses using Motivational Interviewing strategies to support teenage patients with asthma.  I am partnering with Dr. Patricia Becker, Department of Nursing, on this project.

My research in the area of creating fitness and nutrition programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is ongoing and is unique in that it also involves the caregiver as a recipient of the programs. My colleagues and I have created a model for both fitness programming that is appropriate for people with IDD and a model for family-based nutrition counseling which uses a Motivational Interviewing strategy.

Honors and Awards:
Distinguished Undergraduate Program Award, National Wellness Institute

Member of:
National Wellness Institute (nationalwellness.org)

Recent Academic Projects:
Creation of a Master of Arts in Wellness and Lifestyle Management and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Wellness Coaching

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate, Temple University

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor

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Research Output

  • 406 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 11 Comment/debate
  • 10 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

Effectiveness of a clinically oriented motivational interviewing training program in increasing skills & changing perceptions

Dirosa, L., Gupta, A. K., Debonis, S. & Spencer, L., May 1 2017, In : Osteopathic Family Physician. 9, 3, p. 10-17 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Get fit (Fitness integration training): A program to reduce obesity and metabolic syndrome in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers

    Dirosa, L., Pote, T., Wilhite, B. & Spencer, L., Jan 1 2014, Obesity Interventions in Underserved Communities: Evidence and Directions. Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 306-312 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Cigarette smoking status and the association between media use and overweight and obesity

    Spencer, L., Jan 1 2009, In : American Journal of Health Promotion. 23, 3, p. 219-220 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate