Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP

First Advisor

Barbara Golden, Psy.D., ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Virginia Salzer, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Carl Charnetski, Ph.D.


The current study focuses on the psychological effects of statin medications. Specifically, this study examines the health related beliefs and behaviors that may be altered by the consumption of this fast acting class of life saving drugs. Although the statin class of medication generally produces favorable physiological results, as evidenced by reduced levels of serum cholesterol, and in some case increases in high density lipoproteins, the health related belief system and heath related behaviors may actually be altered in a negative fashion by engendering a sense of overconfidence; this in turn may alter beliefs and diminish the importance of adhering to a healthy diet and active exercise schedule. Surveys were developed to solicit patient agreement along a five point Likert scale. Items were constructed to assess health related beliefs, medication overconfidence, locus of control, and exercise habits. Sixty-four primary care patients from Northeastem and Southeastern Pennsylvania were randomly selected to complete the surveys.