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Courtney J Stevens, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Investigator Member, Cancer Population Sciences


University of New Hampshire
B.A., Psychology
2006 – 2010

University of Colorado Boulder
M.A., Clinical Psychology
2011 – 2012
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
2012 – 2017

Brown University
APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship
Behavioral Medicine Track
2016 – 2017

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
Behavioral Medicine Track
2017 – 2018

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (T32 MH073553)
Aging Health Services Delivery
2018 – 2021

Center For Aging
Dartmouth Cancer Center

Websites Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1BCUlfqN8o3kQ/bibliography/public/

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Professional Interests

- Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology
- Science of Behavior Change
- Behavioral intervention development and testing

- Physical Activity promotion, affect based determinants of physical activity, affect-based exercise
- Exercise oncology
- Adherence to health behavior regimens
- Behavioral Activation-based interventions for improving mental and physical health outcomes among older adults at risk for functional decline

Grant Information

K08 CA259632 | 04/2021 – 03/2026
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Increasing Physical Activity Among Breast Cancer Survivors: Use of the ORBIT Model to Refine and Test a Novel Approach to Exercise Promotion based on Affect Regulation
Goal: The goal of this K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award is to prepare the candidate for an independent research career as a behavior change scientist and interventionalist in oncology.
Role: PI

Prouty Pilot Projects | 09/2022 – 06/2024
Dartmouth Cancer Center
Engagement of Rural Breast Cancer Survivors in Measuring Multi-Level Contributors to Cancer Screening Adherence using Intensive Longitudinal Sampling Methods: A Feasibility Study
Goal: To demonstrate the feasibility and acceptability of collecting longitudinal data on affect-based feeling states, clinical encounters, and cancer screening adherence using ecological momentary assessment among rural survivors of breast cancer
Role: Co-PI

IRG-21-136-36-IRG | 05/2022 – 04/2024
American Cancer Society (ACS)
Measuring breast cancer survivor’s subjective response to exercise using a novel, smartwatch-based ecological momentary assessment sampling method: A stakeholder-centered test of feasibility and acceptability
Goal: To test the feasibility and acceptability of using of a smartwatch-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA) sampling method to measure how survivors of breast cancer feel during purposeful exercise in their day-to-day lives.
Role: PI

Courses Taught

Responsible Conduct of Research for Early-Stage Investigators | DH Primary Care HRSA T32 Research Fellowship

Mentoring Information

I am actively looking to engage students and trainees at various career stages with my research and clinical activities (when appropriate). Students and trainees interested in connecting with my research laboratory should contact me at:


My program of research is focused on the science of behavior change regarding the uptake and maintenance of cancer-prevention and control behaviors. I am particularly interested in the impacts of feeling states (i.e., affect, distress, and fatigue) on physical activity levels among survivors of cancer. The overarching goals of my program of research are twofold: (1) To use an experimental medicine approach to identify and target underlying mechanisms of cancer-prevention behaviors; and (2) to systematically design targeted, evidence-based behavior change interventions that are scalable and have long-lasting effects on cancer-survivorship outcomes. In the long-term, I aim to build computational models that guide person-specific, context-sensitive, adaptive behavioral interventions for the promotion of physical activity among survivors of cancer.