Jessica LaRose, PhD
Director, OPT for health
Associate Professor, VCU School of Medicine Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Dr. LaRose is a tenured associate professor of Health Behavior and Policy in the VCU School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist with specialized training in behavioral medicine in both pediatric and adult populations. She is also a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Broadly, her program of research focuses on two areas: 1) understanding the interplay of behavioral, psychological, and environmental determinants of obesity and cardiometabolic risk; 2) developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions for the prevention and management of obesity and other chronic diseeases, with an emphasis on the transition from adolescence into early adulthood. Dr. LaRose has a particular interest in the use of digital health technologies and community-based implementation efforts to enhance the reach, impact, and sustainability of lifestyle interventions. 


Autumn Lanoye, PhD, LCP
Adjunct Professor, 
VCU School of Medicine Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Dr. Lanoye is a licensed clinical psychologist, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and a Research Scientist in Massey Cancer Center's Survivorship ProgramHer primary research interests are the treatment of overweight/obesity with an emphasis on tailoring interventions in service of cancer prevention and control efforts, the development of lifestyle interventions to improve health and quality of life in cancer survivors, and the role of physical activity in improving executive functions. She is currently working with Dr. LaRose on projects related to weight control and chronic inflammation reduction among emerging adults. Her independent research efforts are focused on developing and piloting a mindfulness/physical activity intervention to improve cancer-related cognitive impairment and quality of life among breast cancer survivors. Dr. Lanoye received a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2009, an MS in Clinical Psychology from VCU in 2014, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Behavioral Medicine track) from VCU in 2018. She completed her clinical residency in psychology at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in 2018.