Stephanie A. Hooker, PhD, MPH, MS
Research Investigator
"The activities people do every day have a tremendous influence on their health and well-being. My research focuses on helping people make lasting, healthy changes to their behavior to promote longer and healthier lives."
About

Dr. Stephanie Hooker is Research Investigator at HealthPartners Institute with a background in clinical health psychology and public health. She also holds an academic appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Dr. Hooker’s research interests are in behavioral and psychosocial influences on health and disease. The long-term goal of her research program is to develop interventions for health behavior change and well-being that can be delivered in healthcare and community settings. Specifically, her research has focused on understanding theory-based psychosocial determinants of health behaviors (e.g., physical activity, sleep). Then, her work uses these observational findings to develop behavioral interventions for health behavior change and behavioral health concerns to prevent and treat a variety of health conditions, including obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and opioid use disorder.

Dr. Hooker completed her PhD and MPH degrees at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to joining the Institute in 2019, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Behavioral Health at the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is licensed to practice psychology in the state of Minnesota and is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine (DBSM).

Conducting Institute resarch since 2019.

Education and training:

  • BAS, Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2009, summa cum laude, with distinction
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Syracuse University, 2011
  • MPH, Applied Biostatistics, Colorado School of Public Health, 2015
  • PhD, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver, 2017
  • Clinical Internship, Rush University Medical Center, 2016-2017
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Behavioral Health, University of Minnesota

Affiliations/other offices held:
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Research Investigator, Health and well-being
Investigator,  Behavioral health
Research Investigator,  Community and population health 2019 -

Research interests include:
Health behavior change, well-being, behavioral interventions, cardiovascular health, health-promoting behaviors, health-risking behaviors

Current research activities and funding:

  • Principal investigator on an R21 funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to develop a theory and meaning-based mHealth intervention to increase physical activity in adults in midlife
  • Site PI on a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded multi-site clinical trial examining the long-term effectiveness and safety of the anti-obesity drug phentermine
  • Co-investigator on National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded trial (PI: Rossom) of clinical decision support tool for primary care providers to identify, screen and treat patients with opioid use disorder
  • Co-investigator on a Minnesota Department of Human Services-funded project on delivering medication-assisted treatment and adjunctive behavioral interventions for opioid use disorder in primary care
  • Co-investigator on a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)-funded trial (PI: O’Connor) of a clinical decision support tool to encourage active weight management for patients with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Co-investigator and stakeholder engagement team member on PCORI-funded study (MPI: O’Connor and Neugebauer) examining the effectiveness of medications for Type 2 diabetes
  • Co-Investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health funded project to implement a suicide risk model in behavioral health care (PI: Yarborough)

Related websites 
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=61sdcDUAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephanie-Hooker-2
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4222-7046

Affiliation
positions
  • Research Investigator, Health and well-being
  • Investigator, Behavioral health
  • Research Investigator, Community and population health 2019 -
  • Publications
    selected publications
    Journal Article
  • A new pandemic of loneliness
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2022
  • Cardiovascular risk for patients with and without schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder
    Journal of the American Heart Association. 2022
  • Change that matters: a health behavior change and behavioral health curriculum for primary care
    Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2022
  • Clinical implementation of suicide risk prediction models in healthcare: a qualitative study
    BMC psychiatry. 2022
  • Depression and cardiovascular risk in primary care patients
    Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2022
  • Design of a pragmatic clinical trial to improve screening and treatment for opioid use disorder in primary care
    Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2022
  • Effect of clinical decision support on cardiovascular risk among adults with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, or schizophrenia: a cluster randomized clinical trial
    JAMA network open. 2022
  • Effects of devotional prayer and secular meditation on cardiovascular response to a faith challenge among Christians
    Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 2022
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on type 2 diabetes care delivery
    Clinical Diabetes. 2022
  • Patient expectations of and experiences with a suicide risk identification algorithm in clinical practice
    BMC psychiatry. 2022
  • Patient perspectives on opioid risk discussions in primary care
    Journal of patient-centered research and reviews. 2022
  • What is success in treatment for opioid use disorder? Perspectives of physicians and patients in primary care settings
    Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2022
  • Brief report: Meaning in life is mediated by self-efficacy in the prediction of physical activity
    Journal of Health Psychology. 2021
  • Change in perceived stress and health behaviors of emerging adults in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic
    Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2021
  • Clinician perceptions about a decision support system to identify and manage opioid use disorder
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2021
  • Longitudinal assessment of mental health and well-being in patients being treated with medications for opioid use disorder in primary care
    Addictive behaviors reports. 2021
  • Psychosocial needs of parents engaged in treatment for opioid use disorder
    Substance Use and Misuse. 2021
  • Awareness of meaning in life is protective against burnout among family physicians: a CERA study
    Family Medicine. 2020
  • Do physical activity, caloric intake, and sleep vary together day to day? Exploration of intraindividual variability in 3 key health behaviors
    Journal of physical activity & health. 2020
  • Engaging in personally meaningful activities is associated with meaning salience and psychological well-being
    Journal of Positive Psychology. 2020
  • Integrating meaning in life and self-determination theory to predict physical activity adoption in previously inactive exercise initiates enrolled in a randomized trial
    Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 2020
  • Mental health and psychosocial needs of patients being treated for opioid use disorder in a primary care residency clinic
    Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. 2020
  • Multiple dimensions of wellness: development and psychometric properties of the Anschutz Wellness Evaluation 360 (AWE360)
    J Well Being Assess. 2020
  • Patient loneliness in an urban, underserved family medicine residency clinic: prevalence and relationship to health care utilization
    Family Practice. 2020
  • Predictors of family medicine patient retention in opioid medication-assisted treatment
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2020
  • Using self-determination theory to understand eating behaviors and weight change in emerging adults
    Eating behaviors. 2020
  • Values-based behavioral activation for chronic pain in primary care: a pilot study
    Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2020
  • Predictors of intervention interest among individuals with short sleep duration
    Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2019
  • A psychometric approach to theory-based behavior change intervention development: example from the Colorado Meaning-Activity Project
    Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2018
  • Daily meaning salience and physical activity in previously inactive exercise initiates
    Health Psychology. 2018
  • Do monetary incentives increase fitness center utilization? It depends
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2018
  • Encouraging health behavior change: eight evidence-based strategies
    Family Practice Management. 2018
  • Mutuality and heart failure self-care in patients and their informal caregivers
    European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2018
  • Psychometric properties of the postpartum depression screening scale beyond the postpartum period
    Research in Nursing and Health. 2018
  • Supporting families managing parental mental illness: challenges and resources
    International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 2018
  • Denver Spirited Heart: mixed-methods pilot study of a psychospiritual intervention for heart failure patients
    Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017
  • Identifying groups at risk for 1-year membership termination from a fitness center at enrollment
    Preventive medicine reports. 2016
  • Purpose in life is associated with physical activity measured by accelerometer
    Journal of Health Psychology. 2016
  • Provider and staff perceptions of veterans' attrition from a national primary care weight management program
    Primary Health Care Research & Development. 2015
  • Veterans Health Administration's MOVE! Weight Management Program: primary care clinicians' perceptions of program implementation
    Military Medicine. 2015
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