Bio and Experience

Who I am and why I’m here:

  • Amy_Bucher_005I have a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
  • My undergraduate degree is from Harvard University in Psychology with a Certificate in Spanish language.
  • My research interests include motivational design and self-determination theory, social relationships/connections and their effect on well-being and performance, happiness and resilience, and health behaviors such as medication adherence and physical fitness.
  • My hobbies include reading, running, yoga, cooking, baking, and travel
  • Everything on this site represents me as an individual. My opinions are not necessarily the opinions of my employer or anyone else. Mistakes are my own.

Professional Experience

Mad*Pow, Boston, MA
Behavior Change Design Director (4/2016 – present)

CVS Health, Boston, MA
Senior Manager, Specialty Digital Strategy (5/2015 – 4/2016)

Wellness & Prevention, Inc. (A Johnson & Johnson Company)Ann Arbor, MI; later renamed Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, New Brunswick, NJ
Associate Director, Behavioral Science (1/2011 – 4/2015)
Manager, Specialty Solutions Tailored Media Group  (5/2008 – 1/2011)

Big Communications, LLC, Ferndale, MI
Research Manager, Innovation Team  (8/2006 – 5/2008)

Haworth, Inc.Holland, MI
Freelance Consultant to the Ideation Group (4/2006 – 9/2006)

University of Michigan Department of PsychologyAnn Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) and Graduate Research Assistant (9/2002 – 4/2006)

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D. (2006) and M.A. (2003), Psychology (Organizational)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
A.B. (2001), Psychology, magna cum laude; Foreign Language Certification in Spanish

Presentations

  • Bucher, A. (2017). Motivational Psychology for Digital Health Interventions. Presented at HIMSS, Orlando, FL. Session handout available for download.
  • Bucher, A (2017). Sustaining Change: Psychology-Based Tips for Maintaining Your Momentum. Presented at Sustainable UX, virtual conference. Video here.
  • Bucher, A., & Zoldowski, A. (2016).  Engagement Is Everything: Super-Charging Your Digital Products with Psychology. Presented at AHIP Consumer Experience and Digital Health Forum, Chicago, IL.
  • Bucher, A. (2016). Workplace Connected Health Solutions. Panelist at Center for Connected Health Symposium 2016, Boston, MA.
  • Bucher, A. (2016). Behavior Change Isn’t Everything, It’s The ONLY Thing. Panelist at Next Edge Summit 2016, Boston, MA.
  • Bucher, A. (2016). Engagement Is Everything: How to Apply Psychology to Improve Digital Experiences. A Mad*Pow Webinar.
  • Bucher, A. (September 25, 2014). Digital health management: The role of motivation in changing behavior (在不断变化的行为中
    动机的作用). Presented at the ChinaSourcing Summit 2014, Hangzhou, China.
  • Bucher, A. (May 15, 2014). Motivate your user: Design psychology. Presented at the User Experience Conference 2014, Boston, MA.
  • Bucher, A. (February 25, 2014). The new social networking. Presentation at TEDxJNJ, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bucher, A. (2013). Hire better: Interview psychology. Class offered at Intelligent.ly, Boston, MA.
  • Bucher, A. (2012, 2013). Design psychology: Motivate your user, and User experience testing tools and tricks.  Classes offered on a recurring basis at Intelligent.ly, Boston, MA. (http://www.intelligent.ly/)
  • Bedrosian, R., And Bucher, A. (2012). The future of corporate health and happiness. Presented at the Future of Health Technology Institute, Boston, MA.
  • Bucher, A. (2011). Engage the patient with individually relevant health & wellness programming. Presented at the 5th annual Digital Pharma East conference,  Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bucher, A., & Schwartz, S.M. (2011). The Rx Factor: Critical drivers of adherence. Workshop presented at the 5thannual Engage Conference, HealthMedia, Chicago, IL.
  • Bedrosian, R., Bucher, A., & Wiet, S. (2011). Wake-up call: Sleep initiatives from Wellness & Prevention. Presented at the Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Sleep Disorders Conference, Raritan, NJ.
  • Schwartz, S.M., & Bucher, A. (2010). Critical drivers of adherence: The convergence of behavioral science, data and technology for impactful adherence solutions. Workshop presented at the 7th annual Patient Adherence & Engagement Summit, eyeforpharma, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Trahan, A. (2005). Stories about work: How narratives reveal social life.  Paper presented at the National Academy of Management Meetings, Honolulu, HI.
  • Trahan, A., & Lee, F. (2005). I can’t tell you why I love my job: Insufficient justification as a predictor of low identity integration in females in business.  Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Trahan, A., & Sanchez-Burks, J. (2005). Ontological collectivism and attitudes toward diversity initiatives at work.  Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Trahan, A. (2005). The effects of group schemas on organizational life.  Symposium chaired at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Trahan, A., & Shih, M. (2004). Working to reduce stigma: Individual stigma management strategies in organizational contexts.  Paper presented at the National Academy of Management Meetings, New Orleans, LA.
  • Trahan, A., Lee, F., & Cheng, C.Y. (2004).  Identity integration: Extending the model to the workplace.  Paper presented at the American Psychological Association (16th Annual Meeting, 2004), Honolulu, HI.
  • Trahan, A. (2004). Cross-cultural variations in the meaning of the supermodel prime.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (16th Annual Meeting, 2004), Honolulu, HI.
  • Trahan, A. (2004).  Identity salience and contingencies of self-worth.  Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology meetings, Austin, TX.
  • Trahan, A. (2003).  Affective aspects of social identity: The effects of identity salience on contingencies of self-worth.  Poster presented at the Self, Cognition, and Emotion: Kyoto University International Symposium, Kyoto-Michigan Collaboration in Psychology conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Trahan, A. (2003). Social identity and contingent self-worth: Valuing performance in identity-related domains.  Paper presented at the National Academy of Management meetings, Seattle, WA.
  • Trahan, A. (2003). Shifting social identities and organizational performance. Paper presented at the National Academy of Management meetings, Seattle, WA.
  • Trahan, A., and Shih, M. (2003).  Priming and performance: Examining the role of distraction.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (15th Annual Meeting, 2003), Toronto, ON.

Publications 

Volunteer and Community Organizations

  • Junior League of Boston, 2011 – present
  • Lean Start Up Challenge, Fall 2012: Mentor
  • Rock Health Boston, Summer 2012: Mentor
  • Learning Ally (digitally record textbooks for visually impaired learners) 2011 – 2014

Psychology for Health and Happiness