Christine Rini, PhD

SOM Biomedical Scholar- Professor

Christine Rini

Christine Rini, PhD, is a Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is a social/health psychologist whose research focuses on psychosocial factors that facilitate or hinder adjustment to health-related challenges, including making decisions about managing high risk for cancer, reducing physical symptoms such as pain, and recovering physical and emotional health after cancer treatment. Her interests include how the social environment can affect people’s ability to meet these challenges, how the social environment interacts with people’s beliefs, attitudes, and dispositional characteristics, and how these processes may contribute to health disparities related to socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. In her work, she seeks both to build evidence for interventions and to translate research into behavioral and psychosocial interventions that improve the health and well-being of patients and their family members. 

She received her B.A. in Psychology at California State University- Los Angeles and completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of California- Los Angeles.

Her current projects focus on:

  • Health decision making and responses to next generation sequencing
  • Symptom management interventions in cancer survivors and people with chronic conditions
  • Interventions to manage high risk for cancer
  • eHealth/mHealth to improve access to behavioral and psychosocial interventions
  • Social support and health, including social support exchanged within close and peer relationships