Brian Ayotte


Brian Ayotte, PhD

Associate Professor





Liberal Arts 391


2010West Virginia UniversityPhD


  • Health Psychology
  • Methods
  • Statistics
  • Developmental Psychology





Exploration of what it means to be human. This course will sample insights into ourselves from the unraveling of the human genome to the uncovering of the earliest evidence of distinctively human culture. Topics could include human consciousness, biomedical discoveries, defining human experiences, or the origins of human societies or belief sets. May be repeated with change of content.

Student develops and executes an independent research thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor. Graded A-F.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

Provides an overview of health psychology: the scientific study of behaviors and cognitive processes related to health states. It addresses the mind/body connection, the influence of social and physical environments on our health, cognitive processing of health information, health belief models and the link between personality traits and health. The interactions between these biological, psychological, and social influences on individuals' health states are examined from an empirical perspective.
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Research interests

  • Health behaviors
  • Social support
  • Relationships
  • Health attitudes

Dr. Ayotte is interested in the role of individual and interpersonal factors on health-related attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes through the lifespan. His work includes the examination of health behaviors in married couples, health-related outcomes in healthcare employees, independent living skills in younger and older adults, health-related decision making, and other related work. In his life outside of work, he loves to swim, bike, run, and hike with his wife and dog.