University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Antonio Cepeda-Benito

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Antonio Cepeda-Benito

Antonio Cepeda-Benito

  • B.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1988
  • M.S. Purdue University, 1991
  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 1994
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    Research Interests

    • I am collaborating with the UVM Cancer Center to establish a smoking cessation clinic that will focus on helping long-term smokers quit with the aid of a computerized assisted program and by creating a “teaching moment” associated with how feedback is given to lung-cancer screened patients who test negative for cancer.
    • I also collaborate with the Vermont Center on Tobacco Regulatory Sciences to examine the impact of regulatory policies on smoking and tobacco use behaviors in vulnerable populations. My present focus is rural populations and women of reproductive age.
    • With colleagues from the Universidad de Granada and the Universidad de Jaen (both in Spain), I continue to investigate body image, food cravings, and eating disorder symptoms in women.
    • With a colleague from the Universidad de Alicante, Spain, and a colleague from Texas A&M University, we are currently working toward the publication of the Marital Satisfaction Inventory-Revised in Spanish in Spain.
    • With colleagues from the Universidad Católica de Valencia, I am working to understand the impact of research networking and collaborating on research output, both in terms of volume as well as societal impact. Our current focus is on eating disorders research, PI collaborations, and transnational collaborations.
    • I’ve become interested in “placebo” effects and I am currently jump starting a research program to test and compare “blind placebo” and “honest placebo” effects. In a nutshell, there is good evidence that placebo treatments help even when individuals understand what a placebo is and know they are receiving the placebo rather than the experimental treatment.
    Representative Publications

    • Doogan, N.J., Roberts, M.E., Wewers, M.E., . . ., Cepeda-Benito, A., . . ., Higgins, S.T (In Press). A growing geographic disparity: Rural and urban cigarette smoking trends in the United States. Preventive Medicine.
    • Kurti, A. N., . . ., Cepeda-Benito, A., . . ., Higgins, S. T. (In Press). Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Product Use in a National Sample of Pregnant Women. Preventive Medicine.
    • Valderrama-Zurián J-C, Aguilar-Moya R, Cepeda-Benito A, Melero-Fuentes D, Navarro-Moreno M-Á, Gandía-Balaguer A, & Aleixandre-Benavent R (2017) Productivity trends and collaboration patterns: A diachronic study in the eating disorders field. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182760. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0182760
    • Cepeda-Benito, A., Folefac, E., Pomichter, E., Price, C. (2017, March). Smoking Histories, Beliefs About Smoking and Quitting, and Exposure to Counseling in Current and Former Smokers Referred for Lung-Cancer Screening. Poster will be presented at Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Florence, Italy.
    • Stanton, K., Balsis, S., Snyder, D. K., Reig-Ferrer, A., & Cepeda-Benito, A. (2016, August). Gender differences in emotional and physical intimacy in Spain: An examination using item response theory. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
    • Moreno-Dominguez, S., Rodriguez-Ruiz, S., Fernandez-Santaella, M. C., Cepeda-Benito, A. (2012). Impact of fasting on food craving, mood and consumption in bulimia nervosa and healthy women participants. Eating Disorders Review, 20(6), 461-467.

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