Self-Regulation Theory

The overall goals of our research are to develop evidence-based health communications and interventions that improve the health and well-being of people in our communities. To this end, we use self-regulation theory, and particularly the Common-Sense Model of Health and Illness Behavior (Leventhal et al., 2011), to guide the development of new communication strategies and interventions. Not only do these theoretical frameworks enable us to apply theoretically sound principles to intervention development, but the findings from these studies then feed back to inform self-regulation theory. Our research group has devoted considerable effort to promoting theory development as well as theory-driven research. These efforts are reflected in an edited book aimed at synthesizing developments in self-regulation and health (Cameron & Leventhal, 2003) as well as theoretical and review articles and book chapters..

Selected References:

Cameron, L. D., & Leventhal, H. (Eds.) (2003). The self-regulation of health and illness behaviour. London and New York : Routledge.
Leventhal, H., Bodnar-Deren, S., Breland, J. Y., Gash-Converse, J., Phillips, L. A., Leventhal, E., & Cameron, L. D. (2011). Modeling health and illness behavior: The approach of the Common-Sense Model. In A. Baum, T. Revenson, & J. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of health psychology, 2nd edition (in press). New York: Erlbaum.
Cameron, L. D., & Moss-Morris, R. (2010). Illness-related cognitions and behaviour. In D. French, K. Vedhara, A. A. Kaptein, & J. A. Weinman (Eds.), Health Psychology, 2nd edition (in press). Oxford: Blackwell.
Cameron, L. D., & Jago, L. (2008). Emotion regulation interventions: A common-sense model approach. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 215-221.
Cameron, L. D., & Chan, C. K. Y. (2008). Designing health communications: Harnessing the power of affect, imagery, and self-regulation. Personality and Social Psychology Compass, 2, 262-282.
Leventhal, H., Cameron, L. D., Leventhal, E., & Ozakinci, G. (2005). Do messages from your body, your friends, your doctor, or the media shape your health behavior? In T. Brock & M. C. Green (eds.), Persuasion: Psychological insights and perspectives, 2nd ed (pp. 195-233). Thousand Oaks , CA : Sage Publications.
Cameron, L. D. (2003). Anxiety, cognition, and responses to health threats. In L. D. Cameron & H. Leventhal (Eds.), The self-regulation of health and illness behaviour (pp. 157-183). London and New York : Routledge.
Cameron, L. D., & Leventhal, H. (2003). Self-regulation, health, and illness: An overview. In L. D. Cameron & H. Leventhal (Eds.), The self-regulation of health and illness behaviour (pp. 1-14). London and New York : Routledge.