Dr. Bryan received her Ph.D. in social psychology
from Arizona State University in 1997, and was a Research
Assistant Professor at the Center for Health/HIV Intervention
and Prevention at the University of Connecticut until 1999,
when she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado.
The bulk of Dr. Bryan’s work focuses on the development
of theory-based social psychological models of health behavior
that include a combination of determinants generally effective
across populations (e.g., attitudes about the behavior, self-efficacy
for the behavior) and determinants targeted to particular
sub-populations. These models have their core constructs drawn
from social psychological theories including the Health Belief
Model, the Theory of Reasoned Action/Planned Behavior, and
Social Cognitive Theory. A second area of Dr. Bryan’s
research encompasses another critical health behavior: physical
exercise. In the most recent project in this line of research,
an interdisciplinary team that combines colleagues in clinical
psychology, integrative physiology, neuroscience, and molecular
biology is brought together in a biopsychosocial approach
to the study of exercise promotion. Hypotheses related to
differential psychological and physiological responses to
exercise, and the possible genetic and biological substrates
of those responses, are currently being tested. Finally, Dr.
Bryan has basic research interests in the social psychology
of attraction and sexual behavior that are elucidated by evolutionary
Bryan, A., Rocheleau, C.A., Robbins, R.N., & Hutchison,
K.E. (2005). Condom use among high-risk adolescents: Testing
the influence of alcohol use on the relationship of cognitive
correlates of behavior. Health Psychology, 24, 133-142.
Bryan, A., Aiken, L.S., & West, S.G. (2004). HIV/STD
risk among incarcerated adolescents: Optimism about the future
and self esteem as predictors of condom use self-efficacy.
Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 912-936.
Rocheleau, C. A., Webster, G., Bryan, A., & Frazier,
J. (2004). Effects of type of exercise, gender, and perceived
exertion on changes in mood after exercise. Psychology and
Health, 19, 491-506.
Bryan, A., Ruiz, M.S., & O’Neill, D. (2003). HIV-related
behaviors among prison inmates: A theory of planned behavior
Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33, 2565-2586. Bryan,
A.D., & Rocheleau, C.A. (2002). Predicting aerobic versus
resistance exercise using the Theory of Planned Behavior.
American Journal of Health Behavior, 26, 83-94.