Erin Tooley

Dr. Erin Tooley
Erin Tooley, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health

Contact Information

254-3506etooley@rwu.eduCAS Room 102Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Health psychology, motivational interviewing, substance abuse and dependence


B.A. Ithaca College; Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Area: Clinical Psychology

Dr. Tooley’s research and teaching interests focus on the biopsychosocial factors that influence health. Specifically, her work has focused on how romantic relationships influence health behavior, especially cigarette smoking. Dr. Tooley’s other work has focused on the use of Motivational Interviewing to impact health behavior, including smoking and dental health behaviors. She has led training in Motivational Interviewing for nurses, graduate students, dental health professionals, and other medical and psychological health professionals. Dr. Tooley is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Rhode Island.

Select Publications

Henshaw, M., Borrelli, B., Gregorich, S., Heaton, B., Tooley, E., …Garcia, R. (2018). Randomized trial of Motivational Interviewing to prevent early childhood caries in public housing. The Journal of Dental Research: Clinical and Translational Research, 3, 353-365.

Borrelli, B., Gaynor, S., Tooley, E., & Bartlett, K. (2018). Identification of Three Different Types of Smokers Who Are Not Motivated to Quit: Results from a Latent Class Analysis. Health Psychology, 37, 179-187. 

Busch, A. M., Tooley, E. M., Dunsiger, S., Chattillion, E. A., Srour, J. F., Pagoto, S. L., ... & Borrelli, B. (2017). Behavioral activation for smoking cessation and mood management following a cardiac event: results of a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 17, 323.

Tooley, E. M., & Borrelli, B. (2017). Characteristics of cigarette smoking in individuals in smoking concordant and smoking discordant couples. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 6, 106-116.

Borrelli, B., McQuaid, E., Tooley, E., Busch, A., Becker, B., & Dunsiger, S. (2016). Motivating Parents of Kids with Asthma to Quit Smoking: The Effect of the Teachable Moment and Increasing Intervention Intensity Using a Longitudinal Randomized Trial Design. Addiction, 111, 1646-1655.

Busch, A. M., Leavens, E. L., Wagener, T. L., & Tooley, E. M. (2016). Brief Report: Prevalence, Reasons for Use, and Risk Perception of Electronic Cigarettes among Post-Acute Coronary Syndrome Smokers. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 36, 352-357.

Fedele, D. A., Tooley, E., Busch, A., McQuaid, E. L., Hammond, S. K., & Borrelli, B. (2016). Comparison of secondhand smoke exposure in minority and nonminority children with asthma. Health Psychology, 35, 115-122.

Borrelli, B., Bartlett, Y. K., Tooley, E., Armitage, C. J., & Wearden, A. (2015). Prevalence and frequency of mHealth and eHealth use among US and UK smokers and differences by motivation to quit. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17, e164. 

Borrelli, B., Tooley, E. M., & Scott-Sheldon, L. A. (2015). Motivational interviewing for parent-child health interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pediatric Dentistry, 37, 254-265.

LaChance, H., Cioe, P. A., Tooley, E., Colby, S. M., O’Farrell, T. J., & Kahler, C. W. (2015). Behavioral Couples Therapy for Smoking Cessation:  A randomized clinical trial. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 643-652. 

Tooley, E. M., Busch, A.M., McQuaid, E. L., & Borrelli, B. (2014). Structural and Functional Support in the Prediction of Smoking Cessation in Caregivers of Children with Asthma. Behavioral Medicine, 41, 203-210.

Courses taught

Health Psychology

Public Health Essentials

Introduction to Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Psychology of Food and Eating

Helping Relationships

Methods of Psychotherapy I