Elizabeth Donovan

Assistant Professor
  • Psychology

Education

PhD, Psychology

About Me

I am a psychologist and I teach courses in health, developmental, and introductory psychology.

I am interested in how biological, psychological and social factors interact to affect health. Much of my research focuses on psychosocial interventions and how they can lead people to be both happier and healthier. This includes creating and/or evaluating interventions designed to increase mindfulness, self-compassion, and social support among people living with stress, pain, or addiction.

What I Teach

  • PSYC 232: Health Psychology
  • PSYC 235: Developmental Psychology
  • PSCY 101: Introduction to Psychological Science

Research/Special Projects

My research centers around empowering people to manage their health. I collaborate with medical schools to create and evaluate technology-based, psychosocial interventions for families living with painful chronic diseases. A recent example is a mobile-based intervention to increase mindfulness and social support among adolescents and young adults living with sarcoma. I also evaluate mind-body interventions designed to help college students manage stress, such as an in-person intervention designed to increase self-compassion among students. Finally, I collaborate with teams to deliver community-based interventions designed to reduce health risks, for example, by increasing the availability of naloxone to reduce opioid overdose. I enjoy working closely with students in the Health Psychology Lab on many of these projects. My research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Publications/Presentations

Papers

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T. M., Zeltzer, K., Evans, S., Yates, K., & McGowan, K. Development and evaluation of a mobile-based intervention for teens with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A pilot study. Under Review.

Donovan, E., Bluth, K., Scott, H., Mohammed, M., Cousineau, T. (in press). Feasibility and Acceptability of Implementing the Making Friends with Yourself Intervention on a College Campus. Journal of American College Health.

Donovan, E., Martin. S., Seidman, L., Zeltzer, L.K., Cousineau, T. M., Payne, L. A., Knoll, M., Weiman, M., and Federman, N. C. (in press). The role of social media in providing support from friends for adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients and survivors of sarcoma: Perspectives of AYA, parents and providers. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

Scott, H. and Donovan, E. Student Adaptation to College Survey: The Role of Self-Compassion in College Adjustment. (in press). Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.

Green, T. C., Donovan, E., Klug, B., Case, P., Burstein, D., Baird, J., Tapper, A., Walley, A. Y., & Bratberg, J. (2020). Revisiting pharmacy-based naloxone with naloxone consumers and pharmacists in two states: 2017 perspectives and refining approaches. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 60 (5),740 – 749. doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2020.03.005

Donovan, E., Bratberg, J., Baird, J., Burstein, D., Case, P., Walley, A. Y., and Green, T. C. (2020). Pharmacy leaders’ beliefs about how pharmacies can support a sustainable approach to providing naloxone to the community. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 16(10), 1493 – 1497. DOI: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.01.006

Burstein, D., Baird, J., Bratberg, J., Donovan, E., Soipe, A., Tapper, A., Case, P., Walley, A., Green, T. C. (2019). Pharmacist attitudes toward pharmacy-based naloxone, a cross-sectional survey study. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 60, 304-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.japh.2019.11.004

Rodgers, R. F., Donovan, E., Cousineau, T. M., McGowan, K., Yates, K., Cook, E., Lowy, A., and Franko. D. L. (2019). Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Eating Disorder Prevention Trials. Eating Disorders, 27, 168-182. DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2019.1591824

Seidman, L.C., Martin, S. R., Trant, M.W., Payne, L.A., Zeltzer, L.K., Cousineau, T. M., & Donovan, E. (2019). Feasibility and acceptance testing of a mobile application providing psychosocial support for parents of children and adolescents with chronic pain: Results of a non-randomized trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 1-11. DOI: 10.1093/jpep/jsz007

Donovan, E., Case, P., Bratberg, J.P., Baird, J., Burstein, D., Walley, A. Y, & Green, T. C. (2019). Beliefs associated with pharmacy-based naloxone: A qualitative study of pharmacy-based naloxone purchasers and people at risk for opioid overdose. Journal of Urban Health, 1-12, DOI: 10.1007/s11524-019-00349-1

Donovan, E. Martin, S. Seidman, L.C., Zeltzer, L. K., Cousineau, T. M., Payne, L.A., Trant, M., Knoll, M., Weiman, M., Federman, N.C. (2019). Development and pilot testing of a mobile-based mindfulness and social support program for adolescents and young adults with cancer. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, e10921. DOI: 10.2196/10921

Rodgers, R. F., Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Yates, K., McGowan, K., Cook, E., Lowy, A. S, & Franko, D. L. (2018). BodiMojo: Efficacy of a mobile-based intervention in improving body image and self-compassion among adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-10DOI: 10.1007/s10964-017-0804-3

Donovan, E., Martin, S., Lung, K., Evans, S., Seidman, L., Cousineau, T., & Zeltzer, K. (2018). Pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Perspectives on pain and adolescent social functioning. Pain Medicine, 1-10. DOI: 10.1093/pm/pny056

Rodgers, R. F., Franko, D. L., Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Yates, K., McGowan, K., Cook, E., & Lowy, A. (2017). Body Image In Adolescents: The Protective Role Of Self-Compassion. Body Image, 148-155DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.07.003

Donovan, E., Ranney, M. L., Patry, E. J., McKenzie, M., Baird & Green, T. C. Beliefs about a complementary and alternative therapy-based chronic pain management program for a Medicaid population. (2017). Pain Medicine, 1-12. DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnx051

Donovan, E., Ranney, M. L., Reid, M. A., Baird, J., & Green, T. C. (2017). Chronic pain in the emergency department. Rhode Island Medical Journal, 100, 25-29. Full article available at http://rimed.org/rimedicaljournal-2017-02.asp

Donovan, E., Rodgers, R. F., Cousineau, T. M., McGowan, K. M., Luk, S., Yates, K., & Franko, D. L. (2016). Brief Report: Feasibility of a Self-Compassion Based Mobile Intervention for Adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 53, 217-221DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.07.003

Donovan, E., DasMahapatra, P., Green, T., Chiauzzi, E., McHugh, K., & Hemm, A. (2015). Efficacy of an online intervention to reduce alcohol-related risks among community college students. Addiction Research and Theory, 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.09.007

Donovan, E., Mehringer, S. & Zeltzer, LK. (2013). A qualitative analysis of adolescent, caregiver, and clinician perspectives on the impact of migraines on the social functioning of adolescents with migraine. Pain Management Nursing, 135-141. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmn.2011.09.002

Donovan, E., Mehringer, S. & Zeltzer, L. (2013). Assessing the feasibility of a web-based self-management program for adolescents with migraines and their caregivers. Clinical Pediatrics, 1-4. DOI: 10.1177/0009922812447679

Donovan, E., Hernandez, J., Chiauzzi, E., DasMahapatra. P., Achilles, T., & Hemm, A. (2012). Results of a pilot study to investigate community college student perceptions of the value of an online health risk reduction program. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36, 1-6. DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2012.690317

Donovan, E., Chiauzzi, E., Floyd, D., Bond, K., & Wood, M. (2012). The feasibility of an online health program for community college students. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36, 637-655. DOI: 10.1080/15363759.2011.559886

Donovan, E., Wood, M., Fajyo, K., Black, R., & Surette, D. (2012). A randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of an online, parent-based intervention to reduce risks associated with college student alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 25-35DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.09.007

Chiauzzi, E., Donovan, E., Black, R., Cooney, E., & Wood, M. (2011). A survey of 100 community college administrators about student substance abuse. Journal of American College Health, 59, 563-573. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2010.534214

Donovan, E., & Kelemen, D. (2011). Just rewards: Children and adults equate accidental inequality with intentional unfairness. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 11, 137-150. (Based on dissertation). DOI: 10.1163/156853711X568725

Presentations

(authors in bold are students)

Donovan, E., Scott, H., and Erdem, B. (2021, April). Feasibility and acceptability of teaching Boabom to college students.  Poster to be presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions (digital meeting).

Donovan, E., Tanson, K., Martin. S., Weston, G. and Zeltzer, L. (2021, April). A PhotoVoice study exploring sources of joy for youth living with chronic pain.  Poster to be presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions (digital meeting).

Scott, H. (2020, April). Role of self-compassion in college student adjustment. Poster presented at the 2020 Simmons Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA.

Scott, H., Erdem. B. & Donovan. E. (2020, April). Feasibility of teaching Boabom to college students. Poster presented at the 2020 Simmons Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA.

Donovan, E. (2020, January). An exploration of sarcoma from the perspective of adolescents and young adults, parents, and providers. Paper presented at the Qualitative Report Conference, Davie, FLA

Donovan, E., Scott, H., Mohammed, M., & Cousineau, T. (2019, November). Feasibility of teaching self-compassion to college students. Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Annual Conference, Amherst, MA.

Scott, H., Mohammed, M., & Donovan, E. (2019, November). Feasibility and acceptability of teaching self-compassion to college students: A mixed methods pilot study.  Poster to be presented at the New England Psychological Association 2019 Annual Meeting, Manchester, NH

Donovan, E., Scott, H., Mohammed, M., & Cousineau, T. (2019, October). Making Friends with Yourself: Feasibility of teaching self-compassion to college students. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Toronto, Canada.

Donovan, E., Scott, H., Mohammed, M., & Cousineau, T. (2019, June). Feasibility and acceptance among college students of the Making Friends with Yourself mindfulness and self-compassion program. Paper to be presented at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) 6th Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Seidman, L., Donovan, E., Trant, M., Martin, S., Payne, L., Cousineau, T., Zeltzer, L. (2019, June). Reduced perceived stress and improved parenting behaviours in parents of children with chronic pain following use of a mindfulness and psychosocial support mobile application. Poster to be presented at ISPP 2019 - 12th International Symposium on Paediatric Pain, Basel, Switzerland.

Seidman, L.C., Donovan, E., Trant, M. W., Martin, S. R., Payne, L.A., Cousineau, T. M., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2019, June). Reduced perceived stress and improved parenting behaviors in parents of children with chronic pain following use of a mindfulness and psychosocial support mobile application. Poster to be presented at the 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Base, Switzerland.

Mohammed, M. & Hannah Scott (2019, April). Learning to treat yourself with kindness: A qualitative analysis of Simmons students’ beliefs about a mindfulness and self-compassion intervention. Paper presented at the 2019 Simmons Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA.

Mohammed, M., Scott, H., & Donovan. E. (2019, April). Self-compassion and Mindfulness Intervention Study. Poster presented at the 2019 Simmons Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA.

Martin, S. R., Seidman, L. C., Donovan, E., Trant, M., Payne, L. A., Cousineau, T. M., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2019, April). A Parent- and Provider-Informed Mindfulness-Based App for Parents of Children with Chronic Pain. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Donovan, E., Baird, J., Bratberg, B., Burstein, D., Case, P., Walley, A. Y., & Green, T. C.  Stigma and pharmacy-based naloxone: a qualitative study. (2019, March). Poster presented at the Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC

Martin, S. R., Seidman, L. C., Donovan, E., Trant, M. W., Payne, L.A., Cousineau, T. M., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2018, November). Patient-Centered Approach to Developing a Mobile-Based Psychosocial Intervention for Parents of Youth with Chronic Pain. Poster presented at the Pain in Child Health2GO, Toronto, ON.

Wilcha, M., Scott, H. & Donovan, E. (2018, November). Parenting a child with chronic pain: A qualitative study of provider beliefs. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association 2018 Annual Meeting, Worcester, MA.

Donovan, E., Bratberg, B., Walley, A. Y., Case, P., Baird, J., Burstein, D., Fiske, H., Cabral, S., Alfieri, M., & Green, T. C. (2018, October). Factors that impact delivery of pharmacy-based naloxone: A qualitative study of consumer beliefs. Poster presented at the 2018 Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Savannah, GA

Seidman, L. C., Donovan, E., Trant, M. W., Martin, S. R., Payne, L.A., Cousineau, T. M., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2018, September). Pilot testing of a mobile mindfulness and psychosocial support application for parents of children and adolescents with chronic pain. Poster presented at the 2018 International Association for the Study of Pain, Boston, MA.

Donovan, E., Seidman, L.C., Payne, L.A., Martin, S. R., Cousineau, T.M., Trant, M. W., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2018, September). Patient and provider perspectives on parenting children and adolescents with chronic pain: A qualitative analysis. Poster presented at the 2018 International Association for the Study of Pain, Boston, MA.

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T. M., Zeltzer, L. K., Payne, L. A., Martin, S. R., Seidman, L. C., Trant, M., Weiman, M., Knoll, M., Burton, J., & Federman, N. (2018, May). A patient-centered approach to developing a mobile-based psychosocial intervention for adolescents and young adults with sarcoma. Poster presented at the 2018 ASPHO Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Edelman, A., Feeney, S. & Donovan, E. (2018, April). Parenting a Child with Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Analysis. Poster presented at the 2018 Simmons Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA.

Scott, H., Wilcha, M., & Donovan, E. (2018, April). Parenting a child with chronic pain: A qualitative study of provider beliefs. Poster presented at the 2018 Simmons Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA.

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T. M., Zeltzer, L. K., Payne, L. A., Martin, S. R., Seidman, L. C., Trant, M., Weiman, M., Knoll, M., Burton, J., & Federman, N. (2018, April). The feasibility of using Facebook to offer social support to AYA with sarcoma as part of a mobile-based psychosocial intervention. Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T. M., Zeltzer, L. K., Payne, L. A., Martin, S. R., Seidman, L., C., Trant, M., Weiman, M., Knoll, M., Burton, J. A., & Federman, N. (2018, February). A patient-centered approach to developing a mobile-based mindfulness and social support intervention for adolescents and young adults with sarcoma. Paper presented at Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth, San Diego, CA.

Seidman, L. C., Donovan, E., Cousineau, T. M., Zeltzer, L. K., Payne, L. A., Martin, S. R., Trant, M., Weiman, M., Knoll, M., Burton, J., & Federman, N. Development of a mobile-based psychosocial intervention for adolescents and young adults with sarcoma. (2017, December). Poster presented at AYA Global Congress, Atlanta, GA.

Donovan, E, Zeltzer, L. K., Federman, N., Cousineau, T. M., Payne, L. A., Martin, S. R., Seidman, L.C, Weiman, M., Knoll, M., & Burton, J. (2017, October). A patient-centered approach to tailoring a mobile-based mindfulness and social support intervention for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Poster presented at the Connected Health Symposium, Boston.

Rodgers, R. F., Franko, D. L., Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Yates, K., Cook, E. & Lowy, A. (2017, June). Preliminary findings from a randomized-controlled trial of BodiMojo: a mobile App for positive body image. Paper presented at the Academy for Eating Disorders Annual meeting. Prague, Czech Republic.

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Tsao, J., Zeltzer, L. K., Evans, S., McGowan, K., & Watt, Meredith. (2017, February). A patient-centered approach to developing a mindfulness and self-compassion-based mobile intervention for adolescents with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Paper presented at the Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference, San Diego, CA.

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Tsao, J., Zeltzer, L., Evans, S. (2016, October). A patient-centered approach to developing a mobile -based self-management intervention, featuring a virtual coach, for adolescents with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Poster presented at the Connected Health Symposium, Boston, MA.

Franko, D. L., Rodgers, R. F., Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Yates, K., Cook, E. & Lowy, A. (2016, October). Positive Body Image among Adolescents: Examining the Mechanism for the Protective Role of Self-Compassion. Paper presented at the Eating Disorders Research Society 2016 Annual meeting, New York, NY.

Yates, K., Franko, D. L., Rodgers, R. F., Cousineau, T. M., Donovan, E., Cook, E. (2016, April). Toward improving body image through self-compassion: A feasibility study. Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE). Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Franko, D.L., Rodgers, R., McGowan, K. (2016, March). Feasibility of a Self-Compassion and Mindfulness Based Mobile Intervention for Adolescents. In E. Donovan (Chair), Mindfulness-based Interventions for Adolescents. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Couisneau, T., Donovan, E., Tsao, J., Zeltzer, K., Evans, S. (2016, January). Formative research to inform development of a mobile application designed to help adolescents self­manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Paper presented at Pediatrics2040, Laguna Niguel, CA.

Donovan, E, and Green, T. (2015, November). Text messaging to support patients who over-utilize the emergency department: Augmenting a novel chronic pain management program for Medicaid patients. Grand Rounds at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA.

Cousineau, T. M,  Donovan, E., McGowan, K., Yates, K., Franko, D. L., Rodgers, R., and Finkielsztein, L. (2015, July). The Use of Mobile Technology to Deliver a Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-based Intervention to High Schoolers. Mindfulness & Education conference, Omega Institute, Rheinbeck New York

Green, T. and Donovan, E. (2015, April). Integrating mobile technologies for the treatment of drug and alcohol use disorders. Paper presented at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, Toronto, ONT

Donovan, E. & Cousineau, T. (2015, April). Using mobile technology to help young adults with genetic disorders manage their health. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the New England Genetics Collaborative Portsmouth, NH.

Donovan, E., Cousineau, T., Franko, D., Rodgers, F., & McGowan, K. (2015, March). The use of mobile technology to deliver a self-compassion and mindfulness-based intervention to underserved youth. Paper presented at the Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference, San Diego, CA.

Franko, D.L., Rodgers, R.F., Cousineau, T.M., & Donovan, L. (2015, February). Utilizing technology in the treatment of body image and eating disorders and obesity. Paper presented at the Australian Psychological Society College of Counselling Psychologists conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Donovan, E., McHugh, K., DasMahapatra, Green, T., Venuti, S., Zacharoff, K. (2013, September). Web-based Program to Educate Chronic Pain Patients about Safe Opioid Medication Management. Poster presented at PAINWeek, Las Vegas, NV.

Donovan, E., Chiauzzi, E., Hemm, A., & McHugh, K. (2013, April). Results of a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of an online health program for community college students. Poster presented at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Donovan, E., Chiauzzi, E., & Floyd, D. (2011, January). Health programming for community college students. Symposium presented at the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention & Intervention Conference, Miami, FL.

Donovan, E. & Chiauzzi, E. (2010, October). Health prevention programming in difficult times: Results from two community college health studies. Workshop presented at the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Meeting on Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education, Baltimore, MD

Donovan, E., Chiauzzi, E., Fayjo, K., Surrette, D., Black, R., & Wood, M. (2010, June). A randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of an online parent-based college alcohol and other drug use prevention program. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Donovan, E., Chiauzzi, E., Black, R., Cooney, E., & Buechner, A. (2009, August). Survey of health concerns and programming needs at community colleges. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Donovan, E., Bromberg, J., & Black, R. (2009, April). A pilot study of Head Start parenting groups using a DVD-based program to help preschool children learn about and understand feelings. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, DC.

Donovan, E., Bromberg, J., & Black, R. (2009, April). Cat's Incredible Journey: A DVD program to help preschool children learn about and understand feelings. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.