Benjamin D. Rosenberg, Ph.D., and Bret Levine, Ph.D.

Benjamin D. Rosenberg, Ph.D.​, is a social-health psychologist with expertise in health behavior, research methods and statistics, and survey design. Ben’s research focuses on applying social psychological theorizing on motivation and persuasion to health and well-being. Specifically, he is currently pursuing a line of studies to determine the influence that people’s emotional states have on their perceptions of persuasive messages. In addition to research, Ben is a passionate instructor and mentor. He enjoys connecting with students on a personal and academic level; his favorite classes to teach include Research Methods, Social Psychology, Health Psychology, and Statistics.

Ben earned a BA in Psychology from University of Colorado – Boulder, where he played on the baseball team and did (probably too much) snowboarding. He then earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where he did research on the goal-directed nature of seemingly irrational negative health behaviors. After two years on the faculty at Chapman University in Orange County, CA, Ben is currently an assistant professor at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, CA.

Bret Levine, Ph.D.​, is a behavioral psychologist who specializes in user experience research and team cohesion. His research interests focus on the intersection between group psychology and sports, with particular interest over the last 10 years in team chemistry. His efforts have been targeted at bringing psychology to the forefront of the sports analytics movement, with previous experience conducting interventions and consulting for college football and NBA teams.

Bret earned a BA in Cognitive Psychology from University of California, Irvine, where he served as the school mascot, Peter the Anteater. He then earned an M.A. in Organizational Psychology and Ph.D. in Applied Research Methodology from Claremont Graduate University, where he did research on team cohesion in sports. Professionally, he is a user experience research manager at The Walt Disney Company with a focus on internal products.

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