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Eric Houston

Eric Houston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology







Life Sciences Building, Room 248A


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (2008)

Research Interests 

The cognitive and emotional factors that influence the self-regulation of health behaviors, including seeking timely medical care, reducing substance use, practicing safer sex, and following a treatment regimen as prescribed
Developing interventions and assessment procedures that effectively identify and address idiosyncratic and latent cognitions affecting individual motivation for health behavior change


Dr. Houston earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. He completed an APA-approved clinical psychology internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. After his internship, he was awarded a three-year NIH postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Houston has designed health studies and collaborated with other investigators at major universities and research centers in implementing behavioral health interventions. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and he has presented his work at national conferences.

Dr. Houston’s current research projects include: 1) examining the use of a person-centered approach to more fully assess patient treatment motivation, and 2) investigating the use of Internet and phone-based technology in providing clinical interventions and assessments.

Selected Publications 

Houston, E., Mikrut, C., Guy, A.,Fominaya, A.W., Tatum, A.K, Kim, J.H., & Brown, A. (2015). Another look at depressive symptoms and antiretroviral therapy adherence: The role of treatment self-efficacy. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105315571976.

Houston, E., Osborn, A., Lyons, T., Masvawure, T., & Raja, S. Exploring perceived social support from peer facilitators in an HIV treatment adherence intervention for African American patients: A content analysis of participant perspectives. (2015). Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/casp.2228

Houston, E., & Fominaya, A.W. (2014). Antiretroviral therapy adherence in a sample of men with low socioeconomic status: The role of task-specific treatment self-efficacy. Psychology, Health & Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2014.986137

Houston, E., Sandfort, T., Watson, K.T. & Caton, C.L.M. (2013). Psychological pathways from childhood sexual and physical abuse to HIV risk behavior among single homeless women: The role of PTSD and borderline personality disorder symptoms. Journal of Health Psychology. 18, 1330-1340.

Houston, E., Sandfort, T., Dolezal, C., & Carballo-Diéguez, A. (2012). Depressive symptoms among MSM who engage in bareback sex: Does mood matter? AIDS and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10461-012-0156-7.

Houston, E., McKirnan, D., Cervone, D., Johnson, M.S., & Sandfort, T.G.M. (2011). Assessing treatment motivation among patients receiving antiretroviral therapy: A multidimensional approach. Psychology and Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/08870446.2011.618536.

Artistico, D., Orom, H., Cervone, D., Krauss, S., & Houston, E. (2010). Everyday challenges in context: The influence of contextual factors on everyday problem solving among young, middle-aged, and older adults.Experimental Aging Research, 36, 230-247.

Houston, E., & McKirnan, D. (2007). Intimate partner abuse among gay and bisexual men: Risk correlates and health outcomes. Journal of Urban Health 84(5), 681-690.

McKirnan, D., Houston, E., & Tolou-Shams, M. (2007). Is the web the culprit? Cognitive “escape” and Internet sexual risk among gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior, 11, 151-160.