• Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, St. Norbert College

Holly Derry

Associate Director, Behavioral Science

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:

Before I worked at AI, I developed personalized health behavior interventions for wellness, disease prevention, and disease management.Helping people along their health behavior change journeys was very rewarding and, as a result, it will always be important to me that my work contributes to a greater good. It was an easy decision when I was offered a chance to apply my behavioral science and communication skills toward a new, equally meaningful purpose: supporting learners along their higher education journeys.”

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

Holly and the Behavioral Science team incorporates behavior change strategies across our entire portfolio, from Tools to Teach-Outs. They apply theory, research, communication techniques, and technology to improve habits and behaviors of the learners who use our digital pedagogical tools and platforms. For example, they develop tailored intervention content to help residential students study smarter or work better in teams. They help MOOC teams think about how to draw in different kinds of learners or motivate learners to engage differently with course content. They also help structure Teach-Out content to focus on desired behaviors and calls to action.

Before AI, Holly worked for the U-M Center for Health Communications Research and, prior to that, at the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine at U-M. She has developed assessments, tailored intervention content, and decision making tools for over thirty large interventions covering a wide variety of behaviors. Additionally, she is trained in motivational interviewing and plain language.

Ask me to learn about:
    • Tailored communications
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Plain language
    • Any of the Heath Brothers books
    • Lice
    • How not to make cookies
    • Palatable gluten free foods
    • Tiny houses or campers
    • Bad Hallmark movies
    • How to choose ugly magnets
    • Arrested Development
    • Ukuleles
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