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Daniel Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel Rodriguez is Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and an investigator with the TTURC research team. Dr. Rodriguez’s research interests are in the area of health psychology, with specific foci on addictive behaviors, physical activity, and obesity prevention in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Rodriguez has studied factors that relate to adolescent smoking, depressive symptoms, general physical activity, and team sport participation, and has a keen interest in research methodology as it relates to prospective data analysis.
Currently, Dr. Rodriguez is a co-investigator on a federally funded grant to evaluate the effects of type and intensity of physical activity on smoking in adolescents. He is also exploring the mediating role of psychosocial factors like depressive symptoms and perceived physical appearance and health on smoking, and whether these relationships differ by gender and race.
Dr. Rodriguez recently completed his doctoral degree in Human Development at the University of Maryland in College Park. Before joining the TTURC, Dr. Rodriguez served as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Widener University in Chester, PA.