Honors and Awards
- Motivating Recruitment and Efficacy in Normative Feedback Interventions (R21) Dates: 2014 – 2017 Funding source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Role: Co-Investigator
- Evaluation and Implementation of Personalized Normative Feedback for CollegeGambling.org Dates: 2014 – 2017 Funding source: National Center for Responsible Gaming Role: Co-Investigator
- Guilt and Expressive Writing for Reducing Alcohol Use in College Students (R01) Dates: 2015 – 2020 Funding source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Role: Co-Investigator
- Development and Evaluation of Brief Interventions for Heavy Drinkers and Gamblers NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Dates: 2016 – 2018 Funding source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Role: Principal Investigator
- Alcohol Use and Relationship Distress in Married Couples (F31) Dates: 2011 – 2014 Funding source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Role: Principal Investigator
- Social Psychology
- Close Relationships
- Experimental Design, Teaching Fellow
- Statistics, Teaching Fellow
- Dyadic Data Analysis
- Foundations of Social Psychology
- Advanced Statistical Methodology
- Prevention and Health Psychology
|Ph.D., University of Houston ‐ Social Psychology. Quantitative Methods Minor|
|M.A., University of Houston ‐ Social Psychology|
|B.S., Magna Cum Laude, University of Florida ‐ Psychology|
University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Peer Reviewed Articles (57)
A self-determination theory approach to problematic drinking and intimate partner violence. Faculty Publications (2017)
Problematic drinking has long been established as an important antecedent to the perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV). As little research has evaluated individual differences beyond anger in this association, this research examines problematic drinking ...
Alcohol use among concerned partners of heavy drinking service members and veterans. Faculty Publications (2017)
Heavy drinking in relationships is complex and we focus on an understudied sample of concerned partners (CPs) worried about their U.S. service member/veteran partner’s drinking. We evaluated the link between CP drinking and their own ...
Breakthroughs in understanding addiction and close relationships. Faculty Publications (2017)
Substance use is one aspect of life that can serve to bring couples together or tear them apart. Evidence has accumulated for both substance use affecting relationship distress (e.g., partners of substance users report poorer ...
Comorbidity of alcohol and gambling problems in emerging adults: A bifactor model conceptualization. Faculty Publications (2017)
Addictive disorders, such as pathological gambling and alcohol use disorders, frequently co-occur at greater than chance levels. Substantive questions stem from this comorbidity regarding the extent to which shared variance between gambling and alcohol use ...
Efficacy of a web-based intervention for concerned spouses of service members and veterans with alcohol misuse. Faculty Publications (2017)
Concerned partners (CPs) of service members and veterans who misuse alcohol face help-seeking barriers and mental health problems. We used multiple regression to evaluate the eﬃcacy of Partners Connect, a four-session web-based intervention (WBI) to ...
Personality, coping strategies and emotional adjustment among Chinese cancer patients of different ages. Faculty Publications (2017)
Literature has documented personality and coping strategies as valuable intrapersonal resources for cancer adjustment among Caucasians. Nevertheless, it remains unclear whether these personal characteristics operate in a similar manner among cancer patients of different ages ...
Randomized trial of motivational interviewing plus feedback for soldiers with untreated alcohol abuse. Faculty Publications (2017)
Objective: Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are prevalent in the military and are a major public health concern. Although efficacious AUD interventions exist, few service members seek treatment. Army-specific barriers to AUD treatment include treatment being ...
Self-determination theory and intimate partner violence (IPV): Assessment of relationship causality orientations as predictors of IPV perpetration. Faculty Publications (2017)
Much research examines potential antecedents of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration. The current manuscript suggests that motivation orientations, as conceptualized by self-determination theory, may be a useful framework for understanding why some people engage in ...
Self-determination theory and intimate partner violence: An APIM model of need fulfillment and IPV. Faculty Publications (2017)
Some of the most important outcomes of romantic relationships are those related to the mutual fulfillment of basic psychological needs (Deci & Ryan, 2014; Knee, Hadden, Porter, & Rodriguez, 2013). The present study tested an ...
The angel and the devil on your shoulder: Friends mitigate and exacerbate 21st birthday alcohol-related consequences. Faculty Publications (2017)
Twenty-first birthdays are associated with heavier drinking and more negative consequences than any other high-risk drinking event. Friends are the strongest social influence on young adult drinking; however, previous research on college students’ drinking has ...
A Multi-site Randomized Trial of Normative Feedback for Heavy Drinking: Social Comparison versus Social Comparison plus Correction of Normative Misperceptions Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2016)
Objective Given widespread alcohol misuse among college students, numerous intervention programs have been developed, including personalized normative feedback (PNF). Most research evaluating PNF assumes that presenting one's own perceived norms is necessary to correct normative ...
A dyadic growth approach to partner regulation attempts on changes in drinking and negative alcohol-related consequences. Faculty Publications (2016)
Background: Many individuals engage in regulation attempts to manage or reduce their partner’s alcohol use. Research on partner social control behaviors has shown that regulation attempts generally factor into negative (i.e., punishing) and positive (i.e., ...
A multi-site randomized trial of normative feedback for heavy drinking: Social comparison versus social comparison plus correction of normative misperceptions. Faculty Publications (2016)
Objective: Given widespread alcohol misuse among college students, numerous intervention programs have been developed, including personalized normative feedback (PNF). Most research evaluating PNF assumes that presenting one’s own perceived norms is necessary to correct normative ...
An Actor-Partner Interdependence Model of attachment and need fulfillment in romantic dyads. Faculty Publications (2016)
The present research tested the unique associations between attachment and basic psychological need fulfillment in relationships. Past research shows that anxious and avoidant attachment are associated with distinct patterns of relationship behaviors, wherein anxious attachment ...
Blood is thicker than booze: Examining the role of familism and gender in alcohol use and related consequences among Hispanic college students. Faculty Publications (2016)
The present study evaluated cultural, ethnic, and gender differences in drinking and alcohol-related problems among Hispanic students. Familism protects against negative outcomes in Hispanic populations, thus we expected familism to buffer against alcohol problems. Participants ...
Bridging the gap between research and practice by strengthening academic-community partnerships for violence research. Faculty Publications (2016)
Objectives: This commentary seeks to highlight the benefits of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and promote its use in the violence field. Community perspectives remain underrepresented in the CBPR literature despite the emphasis on equitable partnerships ...
Communication with former romantic partners and current relationship outcomes among college students. Faculty Publications (2016)
This research investigates individual and contextual differences underlying postdissolution friendships by considering communication with former romantic partners among individuals in new romantic relationships. Two studies demonstrate the prevalence, determinants, and implications of former partner communication ...
Cultural differences and shame in an expressive writing alcohol intervention. Faculty Publications (2016)
The present study evaluates the relationships between shame, culture, and drinking behavior in predicting drinking intentions in the context of an expressive writing intervention. Theory and empirical findings have generally found that shame is maladaptive ...
Friends in low places: The impact of locations and companions on 21st birthday drinking. Faculty Publications (2016)
The present research examined how various locations and companions were associated with hazardous drinking during 21st birthday celebrations. The sample included 912 college students (57% female) who completed an online survey to examine 21st birthday ...
Past and present, day by day: Communication with former romantic partners, relationship-contingent self-esteem, and current relationship outcomes. Faculty Publications (2016)
In an effort to illuminate factors delineating when communication with former romantic partners can be beneficial versus detrimental, this work examines how communication affects both the current and former relationships, and whether these associations vary ...
Racial and ethnic differences in problem gambling among college students. Faculty Publications (2016)
The college years are a formative period where the risk for development of problematic gambling is high. Research examining racial and ethnic differences in gambling behaviors has been limited and inconsistent. The aims of this ...
Regulation strategies mediate associations between heavy drinking and relationship outcomes in married couples. Faculty Publications (2016)
Heavy drinking patterns during marriage can be problematic for both spouses and the relationship. Moreover, spouses use different strategies in an attempt to change their partner's drinking behavior, which can impact the relationship in different ...
Self-determined self-other overlap: Interacting effects on partners’ perceptions of support and well-being in close relationships. Faculty Publications (2016)
Self-other overlap, an important dimension of interpersonal closeness, is linked to positive interpersonal and well-being outcomes in relationships with romantic partners and friends. Three studies applied principles from self-determination theory to examine whether individual differences ...
A personality-based latent class analysis of emerging adult gamblers. Faculty Publications (2015)
Increases in access to gambling venues have been accompanied by increased gambling behavior among young adults. The present research examined associations among Five Factor Model personality traits, motives for gambling, and gambling behavior and problems ...