Patient-Provider Communication to Promote Health Behavior Change in African American Adolescents and Young Adults

This project is closed.

Faculty Researcher: April Carcone

Contact Details

April Carcone


Be a part of a research laboratory examining patient-provider communication in clinical settings. Current projects examine the communication process during clinical encounters within the context of Motivational Interviewing. Existing MI research has demonstrated that patient change talk – statements about their intrinsic motivations to enact a behavior change, the reasons, desire, ability, and need for the behavior change – are mediators of behavior change. What is less well understood is which of the MI-endorsed communication techniques are most likely to elicit patient change talk and this is the focus of two projects I am currently working on. One is examining the conversations between community health workers, adolescents who are overweight or obese, and their caregivers. The second is examining clinical conversations in the HIV clinic between patients and their health care providers.

Responsibilities will include assisting with transcribing patient-provider interactions, data entry, and other research-related tasks.

This is a volunteer, unpaid position


* Interest in a health-related field preferred
* Previous research experience is desirable, but not necessary (training will be provided)
* GPA >3.25
* Ability to commit to 5 hours / week
* Ability to commit to 2 consecutive semesters

Project Timeline



SRAs will assist the research team with study related tasks that may include but are not limited to:
-Attend research meetings
-Edit and revise coding manuals and materials
-Data entry
-Literature reviews and summaries
-Additional duties as identified

Project-related Tags

Last Updated

November 8, 2017