Parents are highly motivated to receive information about how to keep their teens healthy but it is not easy for parents to access scientifically derived advice on the nuts and bolts of parenting their teens. By scientifically deriving the conversational elements used by parents that reduce conflict and facilitate upward spirals of healthful behavior change, this project aims to derive a novel intervention to give parents the conversational skills to foster change, inspire learning and internalize motivation to change behavior among their teenage children. A novel interpersonal target; namely, parent-teen conversations about teen health behavior change will be examined in this study.

Allison Harvey, PhD

Principal Investigator

University of California Berkeley

Department of Clinical Psychology

Berkeley, CA

Dr. Harvey is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Director of the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley. Her clinical training and PhD were completed in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Harvey then moved to the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and then became a faculty member in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford. She was also a Fellow of St. Anne’s College. In 2004, she moved to UC Berkeley. Dr. Harvey's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIMH, NICHD, and NIDA). The studies currently in progress are focused on sleep disturbance in teens, in adults with severe mental illness, and in adults with depression. Dr. Harvey's research has been acknowledged with various awards, including from the American Association for Behavior Therapy, and NARSAD. Dr. Harvey has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Orebro, Sweden and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Layla Esposito, PhD


Program Official