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Omid Fotuhi

Research Associate,

Research Interests

A surge of multi-disciplinary research has demonstrated the increasingly vital importance of non-cognitive factors in predicting long-term success and well-being in myriad important domains, such as health, athletics, and education. Existing research provides strong evidence that the way people react to challenge and interpret early difficulties can have a large effect on long-term success. Most relevant, interventions that redirect maladaptive beliefs about challenges and setbacks can improve persistence, performance, and well-being. My goal in my work is threefold: (1) to identify psychological barriers that interrupt performance and achievement; (2) to design, implement, and evaluate precise psychological interventions to mitigate the limiting effects of psychological vulnerabilities; and(3) to bridge the gap between research and practice in important motivational domains.

John-Henderson, N.A., Wright, R.C., Manke, K.J.,& Fotuhi, O., Zuckerman, B., Nally, L., & Mueller, C.M. (2021). The influence of health mindset on perceptions of illness and behaviors among adolescentsInternational Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28(1)

Osai, E., Campbell, S., Maraj, L., Scott, K., Evans-Williams, J., Fotuhi, O.,& Bañales, J. (2021). Improving educational opportunities for black youth in Pittsburgh: a justice-centered intervention. Pitt Momentum Fund 

Binning, K.R., Kaufmann, N., McGreevy, E.M., Fotuhi, O., Chen, S., Marshman, E., Kalendar, Z.Y., Limeri, L., Betancur, L., & Singh, C. (2020). Changing social contexts to foster equity in college science courses: An ecological-belonging intervention. Psychological Science.

Brown, S., Fotuhi, O., Grijalva, C., Tsai, A., Quesenberry, C., Ritchie, J., Cohen, G., & Ferrara, A. (2019). A randomized study of values affirmation to promote interest in diabetes prevention among women with a history of gestational diabetes. Medical Care.

Fotuhi, O., & Cohen, G. L. (2015). Self affirmation intervention and the reduction of addictive behaviors. In C. A. Kopetz & C. W. Lejuez, J. (Eds.), Addictions: A social psychological perspective (pp. 286-300). Routledge.

Fotuhi, O. (2014). Toward a tobacco-free society. In Insel, P., Roth, W.T., Price, K. (Eds.). Core concept in health: Thirteenth edition (pp. 292-326). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Fotuhi, O., Fong, G. T., Zanna, M. P., Borland, R., Yong, H.H., Kin, F., & Cummings, K. M. (2013). Patterns of cognitive dissonance-reduction beliefs among smokers: A longitudinal analysis from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) four country survey. Tobacco Control, 22, 52-58.

Fotuhi, O. (2013). Toward a tobacco-free society. In Insel, P., Roth, W.T., Price, K. (Eds.). Core concept in health: Thirteenth edition (pp. 296-323). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Kudos to Momentum Grant recipients from LRDC as PI or co-PIs: Josefina ?Bañales: Anti-Racism Action Development Among Latinx Youth (Seeding Grant); Jamie Hanson: Understanding the Role of the Brain in Race/Ethnicity Based Stressors and Behavioral Challenges Among Youth of Color; Kevin Ashley and Diane Litman: Center for Text Analytic Methods in Legal Studies (Teaming Grants); Omid Fotuhi: Improving Educational Opportunities for Black Youth in Pittsburgh: A Justice-Centered Intervention (Scaling Grant).

June 2021


"The Need to Combat a False Growth Mind-Set," written by LRDC Research Associate Omid Fotuhi was published in the October 21, 2020, on-line Inside Higher Ed.

October 21, 2020


Omid Fotuhi, LRDC Research Associate, presents "Why is Race Hard to Talk about? Insights from Social Psychology on a Social Justice Issue" as a panel member for the “Leadership in a Time of Heightened Racial Tensions: Insights from Social Science on a Social Justice."

September 22, 2020


Omid Fotuhi's work on “Non-Cognitive Skills and Psychological Resilience Training for Students and Faculty” was featured on Pitt's Forge your Own Path website.

March 24, 2020


CMU Dietrich School News article profiles Kevin Binning, Omid Fotuhi, and their CMU colleagues in the September 24 "Conference Assembles Self-Affirmation Researchers"

September 14, 2019


Omid Fotuhi has been selected as one of the first recipients of the University of Pittsburgh's Personalized Education Grants Program. He was awarded for "Non-Cognitive Skills and Psychological Resilience Training for Students and Faculty: An Adaptive Mindset Toolkit for the Modern Education Experience."

April 16, 2018


Awarded funding from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) Access and Retention Consortium in 2015.

Awarded the Robin Hood Prize for "Scalable Technology Solutions to Help Students Graduate" in 2014.

Received a Lumina Foundation & ideas42 grant for "Nudging for Success: Breaking Behavioral Barriers Through the Financial Aid System" in 2014.

Awarded the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRISS) Seed Grant for Research Project in 2014.

Received the HopeLab Research Grant on Innovative Interventions in 2013.