Elliot Berkman

Elliot Berkman, PhD

Associate Director & Associate Professor


Elliot Berkman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Associate Director of the Center. He studies the motivational and cognitive factors that contribute to success and failure at health goals such as cigarette smoking cessation and dieting. His research leverages the distinct strengths of several research methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, longitudinal survey methods, and laboratory experiments. This work adopts a translational neuroscience approach by using knowledge of brain function, structure, and connectivity to design and improve interventions on health behavior and wellbeing. He directs the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology. Follow is blog at Psychology Today, The Motivated Brain, and his twitter feed @Psychologician.