TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS
Dr. Aigner’s research interests are in health behavior change. In her research, she examines factors that promote health behaviors such as physical activity, diet, and smoking cessation. She also conducts research on psychological factors related to pain perception and is interested in the mechanisms involved in placebo responding. Dr. Aigner teaches the undergraduate course ‘Health Psychology,’ among others. Health Psychology is the study of biopsychosocial influences in health and well-being. This field can teach us a lot about why we engage in certain healthy behaviors, but not others, and how we can work to improve health and well-being on a broader, societal level. In her teaching, Dr. Aigner emphasizes both critical understanding of research and application of health theory and research to real-world problems. Dr. Aigner is also involved in the Counseling Psychology and Academic Research graduate programs.
Dr. Aigner received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She completed a clinical psychology internship at the Raymond G. Murphy VA in Albuquerque New Mexico, specializing in Behavioral Medicine. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she received an NIH-funded R25T Fellowship in Cancer Prevention.