Jennifer L. Cerully

Jennifer L. Cerully
Behavioral and Social Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


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. Currently, 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 received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh

Selected Publications

Cerully, J. L., & Klein, W. M. P., "Effects of emotional state on behavioral responsiveness to personal risk feedback," Journal of Risk Research, 13:591-598, 2010

Klein, W. M. P., Lipkus, I. M., Scholl, S. M., McQueen, A., Cerully, J. L., & Harris, P. R., "Self-affirmation moderates effects of unrealistic optimism and pessimism on reactions to tailored risk feedback," Psychology & Health, 25:1195-1208, 2010

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, 1:224-258, 2007

Cerully, J. L., Klein, W. M. P., & McCaul, K. D., "Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among non-adherent individuals: Associations with information processing and cancer cognitions," Journal of Health Communication, 11:103-115, 2006