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L. Alison Phillips

Associate Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University

I study the processes by which individuals develop and maintain health-related habits, particularly medication adherence and regular physical activity. These processes include belief/attitude formation, experience that a behavior has expected results, intrinsic motivation and self-identification with the behavior, and stable context cues for the behavior.

I study populations with chronic illness but also young adults, for whom prevention of chronic illness is key. I also study provider communication strategies for promoting optimal adherence to medical advice, primarily focusing on eliciting and addressing patients' beliefs about their treatment(s) and their treatment-related habits.

I am developing technology-based strategies for promoting wide-scale participation in evidence-based health programs, with an emphasis on improving patient-provider communication and healthy-habit development.


  • 2019–2020
    Associate Professor, Iowa State University
  • 2014–2019
    Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
  • 2012–2014
    Assistant Professor, George Washington University