Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Arlen C Moller, PhD

Arlen C Moller, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine

Focus of Work

Bio

My research program concerns understanding principles of human motivation and applying those principles toward helping people make healthy choices. In particular, my research is currently focused on developing more effective interventions for increasing physical activity, eating healthier, and for weight management in general.

One common feature of my research involves differentiating autonomous and controlled forms of motivation based on a self-determination theory framework. And I am espec...[Read full text]
My research program concerns understanding principles of human motivation and applying those principles toward helping people make healthy choices. In particular, my research is currently focused on developing more effective interventions for increasing physical activity, eating healthier, and for weight management in general.

One common feature of my research involves differentiating autonomous and controlled forms of motivation based on a self-determination theory framework. And I am especially interested in interventions that support a subset of autonomous motivation known as intrinsic motivation, a subcategory characterized by interest and enjoyment. My research program is currently exploring ways to leverage technology (e.g., smartphone apps & accelerometry), game design, social networks, choice, and financial incentives in ways that support autonomous motivation and lasting behavior change. An underlying principle is that, if we can help people to value or even enjoy healthy behaviors, healthy changes will tend to come more easily and be more easily maintained.

Another complimentary feature of this research program involves my orientation toward collaboration and crossdisciplinary team science. Compelling empirical evidence suggests that, when done well, team science is more creative, more impactful, and more fun; and I’ve found support for these principles in my experience, as well. You can find more information and training tools for crossdisciplinary researchers at TeamScience.net, a website co-developed with Drs. Spring, Falk-Krzesinski, and the team at NogginLabs, Inc.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: University of Rochester (2007)

Contact

312-503-1673
585-615-4490

680 N Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1220
Chicago IL 60611