Marc T. Kiviniemi


Marc T. Kiviniemi


Marc T. Kiviniemi


Director of Undergraduate Public Health Programs
Associate Professor

Research Topics

A better understanding of how individuals think about and make decisions about their health behaviors; developing more effective ways of encouraging behavior change; role of affective associations in health decision making; how attitudes about health behaviors influence processing of health information; social cognitive processes involved in considering changes in health behaviors; role of mood in responses to threatening health diagnoses.

Contact Information

314 Kimball Tower

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6955

Fax: (716) 829-6040


Marc T. Kiviniemi, PhD, is a social/health psychologist whose work focuses on understanding how people make decisions about engaging in health-related behaviors, how individuals process and respond to information about their health, and how to communicate that information most effectively. He currently serves as PI on a research grant from the National Cancer Institute examining effectiveness of interventions at encouraging colorectal cancer screening behavior by changing feelings and thoughts associated with screening (R01CA171935; MPI with Deborah Erwin, Lina Jandorf). Kiviniemi is past chair of the Health Decision Making Special Interest Group for the Society for Behavioral Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Health Psychology and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 


  • PhD, Social Psychology, University of Minnesota (2001)
  • BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Asheville (1995)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society for Preventive Oncology
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine