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Idaho Center for Health Research

The ICHR presents
3rd Thursday Seminar Series 2014-2015

Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, her M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Social Health Psychology from Stony Brook University, and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Xu conducts research in neuroscience, cardiovascular behavioral medicine, and social psychology, as well as the intersections between these fields. She joined Idaho State University in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology.

At this 3rd Thursday Seminar, Dr. Xu will discuss how self-expansion can inform understanding of health behaviors and adherence. The self-expansion model states that people are intrinsically motivated to enhance their abilities to achieve goals by increasing their perspectives, identities, and resources. Self-expanding activities are characterized by novelty, excitement, and interest or challenge with examples including new hobbies, establishing relationships, and engaging in intellectual pursuits. Dr. Xu will discuss recent projects that show a link between self-expansion and improved outcomes including smoking cessation, reduced cigarette cue-reactivity (via fMRI neuroimaging studies), weight loss, greater physical activity, and greater self-monitoring adherence.

3rd Thursday Spring 2015

Feb 19 Mona Xu, PhD, Department of Psychology
March 19 Chris Sanford, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
April 16 Shawn Bearden, PhD, Department of Biology

Please contact Beth with questions and rsvp at or x 4177. If you would like to present your research, please contact Dr Rex Force at or x 3836.

Hope to see you there!