Jennifer L. Cerully

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Behavioral and Social Scientist
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Ph.D. in social psychology, University of Pittsburgh; M.S. in social psychology, University of Pittsburgh; B.S. in computer science and decision science, Carnegie Mellon University

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Jennifer L. Cerully is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests center on improving people’s mental and physical health and well-being. Much of her work explores the factors underlying mental health treatment-seeking in military and non-military populations and the evaluation of interventions designed to reduce barriers to mental health care. Jennifer also works on projects focused on promoting health and well-being, such as a project aiming to improve the science and practice of reporting healthcare quality data to consumers making choices among health care providers or plans, an evaluation of the effectiveness of socioemotional learning programs implemented in public schools, and development of a model of worker well-being. A social psychologist by training, Jennifer aims to bring her expertise in applying theories of judgment and decisionmaking, risk communication, health behavior change, self and identity, and intergroup relations to projects on which she works. Cerully holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Selected Publications

Klein, W. M. P., & Cerully, J. L., "Health-related risk perception and decision-making: Lessons from the study of motives in social psychology," Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1, 2007

Cerully, J. L., Collins, R. L., Wong, E. C., Seelam, R., & Yu, J. , "Differential response to contact-based stigma reduction programs: Perceived quality and personal experience matter," Psychiatry Research, 259, 2018

Cerully, J. L., Martino, S. C., Rybowski, L., Finucane, M. L., Grob, R., Parker, A. M., Schlesinger, M., Shaller, D., & Martsolf, G. , "Using “roll-up” measures in healthcare quality reports: Perspectives of report sponsors and national alliances," American Journal of Managed Care, 23(6), 2017

Schlesinger, M., Grob, R., Shaller, D., Martino, S. C., Parker, A. M., Finucane, M. L., Cerully, J. L., & Rybowski, L. , "Taking patients' narratives about clinicians from anecdote to science," New England Journal Of Medicine, 373(7), 2015

Cerully, J. L., Acosta, J. D., & Sloan, J. , "Mental health stigma and its effects on treatment-related outcomes: A narrative review," Military Medicine, 2018 (forthcoming)