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Susan Persky, Ph.D.

Associate Investigator, Social and Behavioral Research Branch
Head, Immersive Virtual Environment Test Unit

Selected Publications

Persky S, Agurs-Collins T, Paskett E, Barkin S, Meissner H, Artega S, Nansel T, Zhang, X, Das R, Farhat T. Designing and Assessing Multilevel Interventions to Improve Minority Health and Reduce Health Disparities. American Journal of Public Health, 109:S86-S93. 2019. [PubMed]

Persky S, Kistler WD, Klein WMP, Ferrer RA. Internet versus virtual reality settings for genomics information provision. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22, 7-14. 2019. [PubMed]

Persky S, Goldring MR, Turner SA, Cohen RW, Kistler WD. Validity of assessing child feeding with virtual reality. Appetite, 123, 201-207. 2018. [PubMed]

Persky S, Goldring MR, Cohen RW. Genomics-informed weight management in primary care: anticipated public interest. Personalized Medicine, 15, 271-278. 2018. [PubMed]

Bouhlal S, McBride CM, Trivedi NS, Agurs-Collins T, Persky S. Identifying eating behavior phenotypes and their correlates: A novel direction toward improving weight management interventions. Appetite, 111, 142-150. 2017. [PubMed]

Persky S, Bouhlal S, Goldring M, McBride CM. Beliefs about genetic influences on eating behaviors: Characteristics and associations with weight management confidence. Eating Behaviors, 26, 93-98. 2017. [PubMed]

Persky S, Ferrer RA, Klein WMP. Nonverbal and paraverbal behavior in (simulated) medical visits related to genomics and weight: A role for emotion and race. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 804-814. 2016. [PubMed]

Persky S, Ferrer RA, Klein WMP. Genomic information may inhibit weight-related behavior change inclinations among individuals in a fear state. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50, 452-459. 2016. [PubMed]

Beekman JA, Ferrer RA, Klein WMP, Persky S. Effects of perceived weight discrimination on willingness to adopt unhealthy behaviors: Influence of genomic information. Psychology & Health, 31, 334-348. 2016. [PubMed]

Persky, S., McBride CM, Faith MS, Wagner LK, Ward DS. Mothers' guilt responses to children's family history-based obesity risk feedback. Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 649-658. 2015. [PubMed]

Persky, S., Street, RL.  Evaluating Approaches for Communicating about Genomic Influences on Body Weight. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49, 675-684. 2015. [PubMed]

Bouhlal, S., McBride, CM, Ward, DS, Persky, S. Drivers of overweight mothers' food choice behaviors depend on child gender. Appetite, 84, 154-160. 2015. [PubMed]

Persky S, de Heer HD, McBride CM, Reid RJ. The role of weight, race, and health care experiences in care use among young men and women. Obesity, 22:1194-1200. 2014. [PubMed]

McBride CM, Persky S, Wagner LK, Faith MS, Ward DS. Effects of a providing personalized feedback of child's obesity risk on mothers' food choices using a virtual reality buffet. International Journal of Obesity, 37:1307-1313. 2013. [PubMed]

Persky S, Kaphingst KA, Allen Jr VC, Senay I. Effects of patient-provider race concordance and smoking status on lung cancer risk perception accuracy among African Americans. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45:308-317. 2013. [PubMed]

Persky S, Sanderson SC, Koehly LM. Online discussions about genetics and body weight: Implications for health behavior and internet-based education. Journal of Health Communication, 18,:241-249. 2013. [PubMed]

Wagner LK, Paquin R, Persky S. Genetics blogs as a public health tool: Assessing credibility and influence. Public Health Genomics. 15: 218-25. 2012. [PubMed]

Persky, S and Eccleston, CP. Impact of genetic causal information on medical students' clinical encounters with an obese virtual patient: Health promotion and social stigma. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 363-372. 2011. [PubMed]

Persky, S and Eccleston, CP. Medical student bias and care recommendations for an obese versus non-obese virtual patient.International Journal of Obesity, 35, 728-735. 2011. [PubMed]

Persky S. Employing immersive virtual environments for innovative experiments in health care communication. Patient Education and Counseling, 82:313-317. 2011. [PubMed]

Persky S. Application of virtual reality methods to obesity prevention and management research. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 5:333-339. 2011. [PubMed]

Sanderson SC, Persky S, Michie S. Psychological and behavioral responses to genetic test results indicating increased risk of obesity: does the causal pathway from gene to obesity matter? Public Health Genomics. 2009. [PubMed]

Persky S, McBride CM. Immersive virtual environment technology: A promising tool for future social and behavioral genomics research and practice. Health Communication, 24(8):677-82. 2009. [PubMed]

Persky S., Kaphingst K.A., McCall C., Lachance C., Beall A.C., Blascovich J. Presence relates to distinct outcomes in two virtual environments employing different learning modalities. Cyberpsychol Behav, 12:263-268. 2009. [PubMed]

Kaphingst KA, Persky S, McCall C, Lachance C, Loewenstein J, Beall AC, Blascovich J. Testing the effects of educational strategies on comprehension of a genomic concept using virtual reality technology. Patient Education and Counseling, 77(2), 224-230. 2009. [PubMed]

Kaphingst KA, Persky S, McCall C, Lachance C, Beall A, Blascovich J. Testing communication strategies to convey genomic concepts using virtual reality technology. J Health Commun, 14:384-399. 2009. [PubMed]

McCall C, Blascovich J, Young A, Persky S. Proxemic behaviors as predictors of aggression towards black (but not white) males in an immersive virtual environment. Social Influence, 4:138-154. 2009.

Persky S, Blascovich J. Immersive virtual video game play and presence: influences on aggressive feelings and behavior. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 17:57-72. 2008.

Persky S, Kaphingst KA, Condit CM, McBride CM. Assessing hypothetical scenario methodology in genetic susceptibility testing analog studies: a quantitative review. Genet Med, 9:272-738. 2007. [PubMed]

Persky S, Blascovich J. Immersive virtual environments versus traditional platforms: effects of violent and nonviolent video game play. Media Psychology, 10:135-156. 2007.

Bailenson JN, Swinth KR, Hoyt CL, Persky S, Dimov AE, Blascovich J. The independent and interactive effects of embodied agent appearance and behavior on self report, cognitive, and behavioral markers or copresence in immersive virtual environments. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 14:379-393. 2005.

Last Updated: February 25, 2019