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Allison Sweeney

Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-8444
Office: 1330 Lady Street, 4th Floor
Resources: Department of Psychology
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Allison Sweeney


Allison Sweeney is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Carolina. She received her PhD in Social and Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2016. Her work focuses on developing community-based interventions for engaging underserved communities in long-term health behavior change that will promote positive changes in physical, mental, and social well-being. Her approach to developing community-based interventions for underserved communities focuses on the role of the social environment and is guided by the use of community-based participatory strategies, a bioecological framework, and social-cognitive theories of health behavior change. 


Dr. Sweeney’s specific research interests include:

  • Community-based health promotion intervention development
  • Social environmental supports for health behavior change
  • Mechanisms of health behavior change (social, cognitive, environmental)
  • Motivation (individual differences and tailoring approaches)


NIH F32 HL138928-01A1 (Sweeney PI)
The Developing Real Incentives and Volition for Exercise Project

The goal of this grant is to develop and evaluate the feasibility of matching an intervention program to an individual’s motivation for physical activity among inactive African American women.

ASPIRE-II-B, University of South Carolina (Sweeney PI)
Developing Brief Motivational Interventions to Enhance Engagement in Physical Activity among Inactive African Americans

The goal of this grant is to conduct focus groups to assess barriers and facilitators of physical activity among inactive African American adults and to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of two motivational intervention programs.

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