Portrait of Peter Giacobbi 

PETER R. GIACOBBI JR., PH.D.

Associate Professor

Email:  PRGiacobbi@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-5970 or 304-282-2189
Office Location: PAS-E 208
Office Hours: Tuesday: 12pm-1pm; Thursday: 2pm-3pm; Wednesday @ HSC-South 3821: 3pm-5pm
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Professional Highlights

  • Deputy Director, West Virginia Prevention Research Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2016
  • Research focus on chronic disease risk reduction using digital and other delivery technologies 
  • Expert in the use of guided imagery in sport and exercise settings, overall well-being and managing health behavior
  • Current Google Scholar H-index of 30, Scopus H-index of 22; 68 peer-reviewed publications

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'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.