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About Lindsey M. Rodriguez

Dr. Lindsey M. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at USFSP. She is an applied social psychologist whose research incorporates advanced methodological and statistical techniques to develop a comprehensive understanding of romantic relationships and health-related risk behavior (e.g., heavy alcohol use, gambling, risky sex, intimate partner violence). This program of research stems from her background in social and health psychology, to evaluate with a multimethod approach how relationships are influenced by alcohol and other addictive behaviors, intimate partner violence, jealousy, and perceptions of others’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Her work, grounded in applied experimental social psychology, emphasizes how problematic alcohol use and interpersonal relationship processes interact to influence physical, emotional, and relational outcomes for individuals and their relationship partners. Her research program includes three components: (1) problematic alcohol use and development of brief interventions for heavy drinking individuals (e.g., college students, married partners, military personnel), (2) situational and interpersonal factors affecting healthy and unhealthy emotions and behaviors in romantic relationships, and (3) identifying determinants of the bidirectional relationship between heavy drinking and relationship functioning.
Recent projects involve expressive writing (to reduce heavy alcohol use as well as resolve interpersonal conflict), social norms, social media, and how each of these elements impact various aspects of close relationships (e.g., satisfaction, commitment, trust, jealousy, intimate partner violence). Research projects utilize many different designs (e.g., cross-sectional, experimental, dyadic, longitudinal, diary) and almost always include self-report as well as perceived partner constructs.
Dr. Rodriguez is the Director of the Healthy Emotions and Relationship Theories (HEART) Laboratory, the mission of which is to conduct cutting-edge research that will ultimately be used in to design, develop, and evaluate empirically-based interventions to help individuals and couples struggling with addictive behaviors or other relationship-related stressors.
Dr. Rodriguez teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in social psychology, close relationships, health psychology, and statistics (e.g., Regression, ANOVA, Dyadic Data Analysis, Advanced Statistics).
Dr. Rodriguez has contributed significantly to the literature with a multitude of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as presentations at professional conferences and popular media coverage. She also serves as an Action Editor at Addiction Research and Theory.


Present Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae

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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 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

Contact Information

University of South Florida – St. Petersburg      
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Davis 119A
(727) 873-4306


Peer Reviewed Articles (73)