Portrait of Peter Giacobbi 

PETER R. GIACOBBI JR., PH.D.

Associate Professor

Email:  Peter.Giacobbi@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-5970
Office Location: PAS 208
Office Hours: Summer hours by appointment.
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Professional Highlights

  • Deputy Director of the West Virginia Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Current funding from the National Institutes of Health, testing the impact of a guided imagery smoking cessation intervention compared to an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral approach with the Arizona Smokers' Quitline
  • Funded by the National Science Foundation to test a guided imagery intervention delivered through an mHealth application for pregnant women
  • H-Index of scientific productivity of 28

Educational Background

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

Committees and Memberships

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

Research Interests

  • Testing theory-based interventions to prevent chronic disease using inter-disciplinary team science
  • Creative application of new and existing technologies
  • Guided imagery as a mind-body technique to assist with health behavior change
  • Testing interventions that simultaneously address multiple health behavior

Biographical Sketch

  • Dr. Peter Giacobbi completed his bachelor's degree in psychology at the State University of New York at Oswego, his master's in sport studies at Miami University (Ohio), and his Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Tennessee. During graduate school, Giacobbi served as a volunteer assistant golf coach with Men's Golf teams at Miami University and the University of Tennessee. He also worked closely with Women's Volleyball at Miami.
  • Prior to his arrival in CPASS, Giacobbi was an assistant professor in public health at the University of Arizona (2008-2012) and in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida (2000-2008).