Lisa M. Quintiliani, PhD

Associate Professor, Medicine

Lisa Quintiliani
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


My expertise is behavioral science intervention research, particularly in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, weight management, and smoking cessation. My goal is to effectively design (often using qualitative methods), implement, and evaluate eHealth/mHealth approaches for behavioral risk reduction for the prevention of chronic diseases in multiple populations that face health disparities, in particular low income groups. Emerging areas of research interest include developing mHealth applications for lifestyle changes among cancer survivors, promoting proficiency in motivational interviewing counseling among practitioners, multi-level approaches to health behavior change, and promoting advance care planning preferences congruent with patients’ wishes. Together with my colleagues, Drs. Belinda Borrelli and Tibor Palfai, I am also the Co-Director of the Mobile and Electronic Health ARC (Affinity Research Collaborative) at Boston University.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Associate Member, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Boston University Medical Center
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
  • Syracuse University, BS


  • Published on 12/20/2022

    Foster M, Xiong W, Quintiliani L, Hartmann CW, Gaehde S. Preferences of Older Adult Veterans With Heart Failure for Engaging With Mobile Health Technology to Support Self-care: Qualitative Interview Study Among Patients With Heart Failure and Content Analysis. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Dec 20; 6(12):e41317. PMID: 36538348.

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  • Published on 10/12/2022

    Yang S, Huang J, Ye L, Lin J, Xie Z, Guo B, Li Y, Liang B, Zheng Z, Lunze K, Abdullah AS, Liang H, Quintiliani LM. Factors Related to Smoking and Perceptions of a Behavioral Counseling and Messenger Service-Delivered Smoking Cessation Intervention for People With HIV in China: Qualitative Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Oct 12; 6(10):e35923. PMID: 36222795.

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  • Published on 6/18/2022

    Solar C, Nansubuga A, Murillo J, Ranker L, Borrelli B, Bowen DJ, Xuan Z, Kane J, Werntz S, Crouter SE, Quintiliani LM. Mobile health plus community health worker support for weight management among public housing residents (Path to Health): A randomized controlled trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Aug; 119:106836. PMID: 35724842.

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  • Published on 6/16/2022

    Quintiliani LM, Murray GF, Waite K, Salerno K, Gignac GA, Yuh D, Volandes A, Paasche-Orlow MK. "I'm in My Feelings Now": Examination of Advance Care Planning Video Declarations by People with Advanced Cancer from a Safety Net Hospital. J Palliat Med. 2023 Jan; 26(1):28-34. PMID: 35708552.

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  • Published on 5/31/2022

    Borrelli B, Endrighi R, Jurasic MM, Hernandez H, Jones E, Ospina J, Cabral HJ, Quintiliani LM, Werntz S. A smoking cessation induction intervention via virtual reality headset during a dental cleaning: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2022 May 31; 22(1):1074. PMID: 35641925.

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  • Published on 4/8/2022

    Eneanya ND, Lakin JR, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lindvall C, Moseley ET, Henault L, Hanchate AD, Mandel EI, Wong SPY, Zupanc SN, Davis AD, El-Jawahri A, Quintiliani LM, Chang Y, Waikar SS, Bansal AD, Schell JO, Lundquist AL, Tamura MK, Yu MK, Unruh ML, Argyropoulos C, Germain MJ, Volandes A. Video Images about Decisions for Ethical Outcomes in Kidney Disease (VIDEO-KD): the study protocol for a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2022 Apr 08; 12(4):e059313. PMID: 35396311.

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  • Published on 4/6/2022

    Shankar D, Borrelli B, Cobb V, Quintiliani LM, Palfai T, Weinstein Z, Bulekova K, Kathuria H. Text-messaging to promote smoking cessation among individuals with opioid use disorder: quantitative and qualitative evaluation. BMC Public Health. 2022 Apr 06; 22(1):668. PMID: 35387648.

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  • Published on 6/17/2021

    Singleton CR, Adeyemi OS, Parab KV, Roehll AM, Flores E, Adams AM, Quintiliani LM, Bell BM, Dulin-Keita A. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: provide funding for incentive programs to expand healthy food offerings in SNAP-authorized small food stores. Transl Behav Med. 2021 06 17; 11(6):1283-1285. PMID: 33200771.

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  • Published on 5/7/2021

    Martinez RN, Smith BM, Etingen B, Houston TK, Shimada SL, Amante DJ, Patterson A, Richardson LM, Vandenberg G, Cutrona SL, Quintiliani LM, Frisbee KL, Hogan TP. Health-Related Goal Setting and Achievement Among Veterans with High Technology Adoption. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 11; 36(11):3337-3345. PMID: 33963510.

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  • Published on 4/7/2021

    Borrelli B, Endrighi R, Quintiliani LM, Hughes RB, Pagoto S. Facebook usage, participation patterns, and social support from Facebook activity among smokers with mobility impairments. Transl Behav Med. 2021 04 07; 11(3):882-890. PMID: 33710308.

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