Elizabeth Donovan

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Park Science Building, 167

(617) 521-2064

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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

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Donovan, E., Bratberg, J., Baird, J., Burstein, D., Case, P., Walley, A. Y., & Green, T. C. Pharmacy leaders’ beliefs about how pharmacies can support implementation and dissemination of naloxone. In press.

Burstein, D., Baird, J., Bratberg, J., Donovan, E., Soipe, A., Tapper, A., Case, P., Walley, A., Green, T. C. Pharmacist attitudes toward pharmacy-based naloxone, a cross-sectional survey study. In press.

Donovan, E., Bluth. K., Scott, H., Mohammed, M., & Cousineau, T. M. Feasibility and acceptability of implementing the making friends with yourself intervention on a college campus. Manuscript under review.

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, 1-10. DOI: 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, 148-155. DOI: 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, 217-221. DOI: 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

Presentations

Donovan, E. (2020, January). An exploration of sarcoma from the perspective of adolescents and young adults, parents, and providers. Paper to be 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 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 self¬manage 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.