- Former Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA
Erika Montanaro earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has three primary research goals: (1) to use theory to understand health behavior change in service of intervention development, (2) to use advanced statistical techniques to understand the mechanisms contributing to behavior maintenance and change, and (3) to utilize technology in order to broadly disseminate behavior change interventions. During her postdoc, much of her research will take place in the context of a NIDA-funded project "Using Cell Phones to Understand Social Networks of Young Men", which explores novel methods of assessing social networks and their impact on risky behavior (e.g., sexual risk) among young men. This project uses cell phone data to understand behavioral networks, interactions, and communications among social networks. Her CIRA mentor is Dr. Trace Kershaw.