Arielle Gillman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Arielle Gillman

Social and Behavioral Sciences Administrator (Program Officer)
Division of Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Arielle Gillman is a Social and Behavioral Sciences Administrator (Program Officer) in the Division of Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences at NIMHD. Dr. Gillman is trained as a social health psychologist. Her research focuses on understanding the cognitive and affective psychological processes that influence motivation, decision making, engagement, and maintenance for health-related behaviors. Her work has investigated these processes in several health contexts, including exercise, genetic testing, cancer treatment decisions, risky sexual behavior, and substance use.

Dr. Gillman received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018, with a certificate in Quantitative Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2019. She earned B.A.s in Neuroscience and Art History from the University of Southern California in 2013. Prior to coming to NIMHD, Dr. Gillman completed her postdoctoral training as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where she worked within the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB) of the Behavioral Research Program (BRP).

Selected Publications

  1. Gillman, A.S. & Ferrer, R.A. (2021). Opportunities for theory-informed decision science in cancer control. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11(11), 2055-2064,
  2. Gillman, A.S., Iles, I.A., Klein, W.M.P., Biesecker, B.B., Lewis, K.L., Biesecker, L.G., Ferrer, R.A. (2021, in press). The role of future-oriented affect in engagement with genomic testing results. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
  3. Gillman, A.S., Vo, J.B., Nohria, A., Ferrer, R.A. (2021). Decision science can inform clinical trade-offs regarding cardiotoxic cancer treatments. JNCI Cancer Spectrum. Advance online publication.
  4. Gillman, A.S., & Bryan, A. D. (2020). Mindfulness versus distraction to improve affective response and promote cardiovascular exercise behavior. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54(6), 423-435.
  5. Gillman, A.S., Stevens, C.J., & Bryan, A.D. (2021, in press). Women’s exercise identity increases after a 16-week exercise RCT and is linked to behavior maintenance at follow-up. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Advance online publication.
  6. Gillman, A.S. & Bryan, A. D. (2016). Effects of performance versus game-based mobile applications on response to exercise. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 50(1), 157-162.

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