Early Career Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Ryan C. Shorey is an Assistant Professor Psychology (Clinical) at Ohio University.
He completed his doctoral training at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and his predoctoral internship at the Charleston Consortium in Charleston, South Carolina. His research focuses on the intersection between substance use and intimate partner violence and sexual assault perpetration, as well as the treatment of substance use disorders. His work has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

Portrait of Ohio University Department of Psychology staff during the Fall semester of the 2015-2016 academic year. [Photograph by Joel Prince]Dr. Shorey’s current work includes (1) the examination of genotypic and phenotypic moderators of the temporal association between alcohol use and intimate partner violence perpetration in young adult couples, (2) the integration of brief alcohol interventions into Bystander and Social Norms interventions for the reduction of male-perpetrated sexual assault, and (3) the application of mindfulness-based interventions for individuals in treatment for substance use disorders. To date, Dr. Shorey is an author on over 130 peer-reviewed publications and recently received the Early Career Investigator award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trainee Spotlight – September 2017

Introducing our Trainee Spotlight for September 2017, Renee Cloutier!

Trainee: Renee Cloutier, M.S.

Current Mentor: Heidemarie Blumenthal, Ph.D.

Affiliation: University of North Texas

I am entering my fifth year in the Experimental Psychology/Behavioral Science PhD program at the University of North Texas working with Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal in the Teen Stress and Alcohol Research (StAR) Laboratory. After obtaining my PhD, I plan to
trainee pursue a post-doctoral position that will prepare me for a career as an academic researcher studying the etiology of substance use among adolescents and emerging adults.

More specifically, my research focuses on the interaction of social contexts (e.g., peer rejection) and cognitive factors (e.g., substance use motives) on acute (e.g., self- administration, craving) and long-term (e.g., disorder, maturing out) substance use outcomes. I use laboratory based experimental designs to uncover some of the underlying processes; for example, my dissertation tests whether social anxiety symptoms and exposure to acute peer rejection (vs. neutral) leads to greater marijuana use willingness among adolescents and whether marijuana motives helps account for these associations (1F31DA041105). I have also coordinated several projects using different standardized social stress tasks (e.g., Trier, Cyberball) and modifications of these tasks (e.g., 2D vs. 3D Cyberball) to examine associations between physiological (e.g., salivary cortisol, skin conductance) and psychological (e.g., state anxiety) markers of stress reactivity with current and prospective symptoms of psychopathology. Ultimately, my goal is to identify ways in which researchers may model substance use and related risk-processes in the laboratory as well as translate such information in designing tailored interventions.

Representative publications:

*Cloutier, R.M., Blumenthal, H., & Mischel, E. (2016). An examination of social anxiety in marijuana and cigarette use motives among adolescents. Substance Use and Misuse. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2015.1110174

*Blumenthal, H., Cloutier, R. M., Zamboanga, B. L., Bunaciu, L., & Knapp, A. A. (2015). A laboratory-based test of the relation between adolescent alcohol use and panic-relevant responding. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. doi: 10.1037/pha0000022

Cloutier, R.M., Liu, K., Kearns, N. Ruggero, C.J., Lewis, S.F., & Blumenthal, H. (2017). Posttraumatic stress severity is associated with coping motives for alcohol use among in-patient and community recruited adolescents. Under Review.

Cloutier, R.M., John, J., Adams, M., Kearns, N.T., Chambers, D., & Blumenthal, H. (2017). The varying role of adolescent affect in acute alcohol desires following different social stressors. Poster accepted for the 51st annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral Cognitive Therapies, (San Diego, CA, 2017).

Cloutier, R.M., Blumenthal, H., Douglas, M., Laslett, H., & Liu, K. (2016). A prospective study of psychophysiological responding to an acute social stressor and the development of social anxiety symptoms. Paper presented at the 16th biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

*denotes papers initially presented at ABCT conferences

Congratulations, Renee!

If you would like to talk with Renee about her research, feel free to stop by her poster at this year’s convention on Friday, November 17th from 8:30-9:30am.

Also, if you would like to nominate a trainee (i.e., undergraduate/graduate student or post-doc) for the SIG-AB Trainee Spotlight, please email Emma Brett at emma.brett@okstate.edu. We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

Posted in Trainee Spotlights | Leave a comment

Trainee Spotlight – July 2017

Introducing our Trainee Spotlight for July 2017, Angelo DiBello!

Trainee: Angelo M. DiBello, Ph.D.

Previous Mentor: Kristen P. Lindgren, Ph.D.

Current Postdoctoral Mentor: Kate B. Carey, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Brown University

Angelo DiBello has just started his third year as an NIAAA T32 supported Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. He has developed distinct but related lines of research in two areas of applied social psychology: addictive behaviors and julyromantic relationships. In the domain of addictive behaviors and health, his work draws upon the use of social psychological theories including cognitive dissonance, social norms, and self-affirmation theory in the development of prevention and intervention programs. Furthermore, he is also interested in identifying and examining factors that influence alcohol use, cigarette smoking, and other health behaviors. An additional focus of his work is the intersection of romantic relationships and alcohol use. In addition to research, he is actively engaged in both teaching and student mentoring. His long term goal is to obtain a tenure-track faculty position in a psychology department.

 Representative publications:

DiBello, A. M., Neighbors, C., & Ammar, J. (2015). Self-affirmation theory and cigarette smoking warning images. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 87-96. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.026

DiBello, A. M., Gonzales, R., Young, C. M., Rodriguez, L. M., & Neighbors, C. (2016). Blood is thicker than booze: Examining the role of familism and gender in alcohol use and related consequences among Hispanic college students. Journal Of Ethnicity In Substance Abuse15(3), 310-324. doi:10.1080/15332640.2015.1044684

DiBello, A. M., Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L. M., & Lindgren, K. (2014). Coping with jealousy: The association between maladaptive aspects of jealousy and drinking problems are mediated by drinking to cope. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 94-100. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.08.032

DiBello, A. M., Rodriguez, L. M., Hadden, B. W., & Neighbors, C. (2015). The green eyed monster in the bottle: Relationship contingent self-esteem, romantic jealousy, and alcohol-related problems. Addictive Behaviors, 49, 52-58. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.05.008

DiBello, A. M., Preddy, T. M., Øverup, C. S., & Neighbors, C. (2016). Understanding the Context of Romantic Partner Relational Victimization: Links Between Relationship Satisfaction, Depressive Symptoms, and Alcohol-Related Problems. Psychology Of Violence, doi:10.1037/vio0000064

Congratulations, Angelo!

If you would like to nominate a trainee (i.e., undergraduate/graduate student or post-doc) for the SIG-AB Trainee Spotlight, please email Emma Brett at emma.brett@okstate.edu. We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

Posted in Trainee Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trainee Spotlight – June 2017

Introducing our Trainee Spotlight for June 2017, Jamie Parnes!

Trainee: Jamie E. Parnes, M.S.

Mentor: Bradley T. Connor, Ph.D.

Colorado State University

Jamie Parnes is heasigtraineeJuneding into his fourth year in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at Colorado State University. His primary research area is marijuana use, including antecedents and consequences of use. Research to-date includes examining the impact of legalization on marijuana use, as well as individual difference predictors of marijuana use and consequences. Beyond research, he is actively engaged in both teaching and clinical work. Long term, his career goal is to attain a tenure-track faculty position in a university-based psychology department.

Representative publications:

Parnes, J.E., Pearson, M.R., Bravo, A.J, & Conner, B.T. (in press). A burning problem: Cannabis lessons learned from Colorado. Addiction Research & Theory. doi: 10.1080/16066359.2017.1315410

Parnes, J.E., Rahm-Knigge, R.L., & Conner, B.T. (2017). The curvilinear effects of sexual orientation on young adult substance use. Addictive Behaviors, 66, 108-113. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.11.012

Bravo, A.J., Pearson, M.R., Conner, B.T., & Parnes, J.E. (2017). Is 4/20 an event-specific marijuana holiday? A daily diary investigation of marijuana use and consequences among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78, 134-139.

Parnes, J.E. (2017, March). Multi-site daily diary study examining marijuana use: Development, findings, and lessons. Symposium presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Parnes, J.E., Conner, B.T., & Evenden, J. (2015, November). The impact of legalization and sensation seeking on marijuana use among college students. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapists, Chicago, Illinois.

Congratulations, Jamie!

If you would like to nominate a trainee (i.e., undergraduate/graduate student or post-doc) for the SIG-AB Trainee Spotlight, please email Emma Brett at emma.brett@okstate.edu. We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

Posted in Trainee Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Early Career Faculty Spotlight

L RodriguezIntroducing Lindsey Rodriguez, Ph.D.
in our faculty member spotlight!

Dr. Lindsey M. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2014 after working with Dr. Clayton Neighbors. Her program of research—grounded in applied experimental social psychology—evaluates with a multimethod approach how health-related risk-behavior (e.g., heavy alcohol use, gambling) and interpersonal relationship processes (e.g., perceptions, social control, jealousy, intimate partner violence) interact to influence physical, emotional, and relational outcomes for individuals and their relationship partners. Funding for this research has been provided by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the University of South Florida.

Her research program includes three components: (1) development and evaluation of brief interventions for heavy drinking individuals (e.g., college students, married couples in the community, military personnel), (2) situational, contextual, and interpersonal factors affecting heavy drinking in emerging adults (including social network analysis), and (3) identifying determinants of the bidirectional association between heavy drinking and relationship functioning. Recent projects involve expressive writing (to reduce heavy drinking as well as resolve interpersonal conflict), social norms, social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), and how each of these elements impact various aspects of close relationships.

At USFSP, 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 to design, develop, and evaluate empirically-based interventions to help individuals and their partners struggling with addictive behaviors or other relationship-related stressors. Dr. Rodriguez teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in social psychology, health psychology, close relationships, and statistics (e.g., Regression, ANOVA, Dyadic Data Analysis, Advanced Statistics). Finally, Dr. Rodriguez has contributed significantly to the literature with over 50 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.

Posted in Early Career Faculty Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trainee Spotlight – March 2017

Introducing our Trainee Spotlight for March 2017, Mandy Owens!

Student: Mandy Owens

Mentor: Dr. Emily C. Williams

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

UntitledIn 2016, I received my PhD from the University of New Mexico where I was mentored by Dr. Barbara McCrady. Currently, I am a Health Services Research & Development postdoctoral fellow at the Seattle VA and am examining the overlap between substance use care and justice involvement among Veterans. My research always has been informed by my clinical work and focuses on treatments for individuals with substance use disorders involved with the criminal justice system. For my NIAAA-funded dissertation I conducted a randomized clinical trial of a brief motivational intervention for incarcerated drinkers that targeted their substance use and social networks after release from jail. Looking forward, the goals of my research are to better understand the nuanced experiences that individuals with substance use disorders face when they are involved with the criminal justice system, and to use this information to develop and improve treatment efforts for this high-risk population.

Representative publications:

Owens, M. D., & McCrady, B. S. (2014). The role of the social environment in alcohol or drug use of probationers recently released from jail. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 13(4), 179-189.

Owens, M. D., & McCrady, B. S. (2016). A pilot study of a brief motivational intervention for incarcerated drinkers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 68, 1-10.

Owens, M. D., McCrady, B.S., Borders, A. Z., Brovko, J. M., & Pearson, M. (2014). Psychometric properties of the System for Coding Couples’ Interactions in Therapy – Alcohol. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(4), 1077-1088.

Owens, M. D., & Zywiak, W. H. (2016). Replication of psychometric properties and predictive validity of the Important People Drugs and Alcohol Interview. International Journal on Alcohol and Drug Research, 5, 57-64.

Westerberg, V., McCrady, B. S., Owens, M. D., & Guerin, P. (2016). Community-based methadone maintenance in a large detention center is associated with decreases in inmate recidivism. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 70, 1-6.

Congratulations, Mandy!

If you would like to nominate a trainee (i.e., undergraduate/graduate student or post-doc) for the SIG-AB Trainee Spotlight, please email Elly Leavens at leavens@okstate.edu. We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

Posted in Trainee Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trainee Spotlight – February 2017

Introducing our Trainee Spotlight for February 2017, Heather Krieger!

Student: Heather Krieger

Mentor: Dr. Clayton Neighbors

University of Houston

HK BCMHeather’s research interests in the field of addictive behaviors include the impact of social interactions and contexts on alcohol consumption and consequences. She is particularly interested in the influence of the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of online and face-to-face social networks on alcohol consumption and related consequences. Her research aims to assess the structure of social networks and their impact on interventions, addictive behaviors, and related outcomes including body vandalism.


Krieger, H., DiBello, A. M., Neighbors, C. (2017). An Introduction to Body Vandalism: What is it? Who does it? When does it happen? Addictive Behaviors, 64, 89-92.

Rinker, D., Krieger, H., Neighbors, C. (2016). Social network factors and addictive behaviors among college students. Current Addiction Reports, 3(4), 356-367.

Krieger, H., Neighbors, C., Lewis, M., LaBrie, J.W., Foster, D., Larimer, M. (2016). Injunctive norms and alcohol consumption: A revised conceptualization. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(5), 1083–1092.


Krieger, H., Neighbors, C. (2016). Can I get you another? Research on the impact of social networks on drinking. McGovern Award Presentation at the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism. Dallas, TX.

Krieger, H., DiBello, A.M., and Neighbors, C. (2015). Body Vandalism: The good, the bad, and the ugly: Outcomes of heavy social drinking. Paper presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 49th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Congratulations, Heather!

If you would like to nominate a trainee (i.e., undergraduate/graduate student, or post-doc) for the SIG-AB Trainee Spotlight, please email Elly Leavens at leavens@okstate.edu. We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

Posted in Trainee Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Early Career Faculty Spotlight

Introducing Mark Prince, Ph.D. in our faculty member spotlight!

My research is focused on identifying mechanisms of behavior change in addiction and on developing interventions targeting these mechanisms. My intervention efforts have Untitledfocused on brief individually-tailored interventions that can be disseminated on a large scale. In addition, my quantitative interests include Mixture Modeling to identify latent profiles or trajectories of substance use behaviors, and Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling to examine relationships among context-specific psychological constructs. The overall goal of my work is to develop effective treatment approaches for those individuals seeking help for substance use problems. To achieve this goal, I believe that it is critical to understand patterns in the clinical course of substance use disorders, as well as the ways in which people are successful in achieving change.

Select Publications:

  • Prince, M. A., Connors, G. J., Maisto, S. A., & Dearing, R. L. (2016). Within treatment   therapeutic alliance ratings profiles predict posttreatment frequency of alcohol use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30(2), 184-193.
  • Prince, M. A., Maisto, S. A., Rice, S. L., & Carey, K. B. (2015). Comparing descriptive and injunctive norms brief interventions for college drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29(4), 825-835.
  • Prince, M. A., Reid, A., Neighbors, C. & Carey, K. B. (2014). Effects of normative feedback for drinkers who consume less than the norm: Dodging the boomerang. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(2), 538-544.
  • Prince, M. A. & Maisto, S. A. (2013). The clinical course of alcohol use disorders: Usingjoinpoint analysis to aid in interpretation of growth mixture models. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 133(2), 433-439.
  • Prince, M.A., Carey, K.B., & Maisto, S.A. (2013). Protective behavioral strategies for reducing alcohol involvement: A review of the methodological issues. Addictive Behaviors (38(7), 2343-2351.
  • Prince, M. A. & Carey, K. B. (2010). The malleability of injunctive norms among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 940-947.


Posted in Early Career Faculty Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Student of the Month – October 2016

Introducing our Student of the Month for October 2016, Stephanie Takamatsu!

Student: Stephanie Takamatsu

Mentor: Dr. Matthew Martens

University of Missouri-Columbia

thumbnail_takamatsuI received my M.A. in counseling psychology and am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri, Columbia. My clinical work has focused on assessment and the use of evidence-based treatments with diverse clinical populations that have ranged from college students, families, and children diagnosed with developmental disorders. Under the guidance of my advisor, Dr. Matthew Martens, I have developed a research line that broadly examines ways of improving and streamlining addiction treatment. Recently, my work in gambling focuses on (a) discovering key components of effective gambling treatments, (b) updating and developing gambling measures to catch up with the growing popularity of the activity, and (c) understanding how individual preference for different types of gambling games impact gambling outcomes and other risk and protective factors.

Takamatsu, S. K., McAfee, N. W., & Martens, M. P. (2016, September). Development of a Gambling Preference Scale. Poster presented at National Center for Responsible Gaming, Las Vegas, NV.

Takamatsu, S. K., Martens, M. P., & Arterberry, B. J. (2015). Depressive symptoms and gambling behavior: Mediating role of coping motivation and gambling refusal self-efficacy. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-12.

 Arterberry, B. J., Martens, M. P., & Takamatsu, S. K. (2015). Development and validation of the Gambling Problems Scale. Journal of Gambling Issues, 30, 124-139.

Martens, M. P., Arterberry, B. J., Takamatsu, S. K., Masters, J., & Dude, K. (2015). The efficacy of a personalized feedback-only intervention for at-risk college gamblers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 494-499.

Iwamoto, D. K., Takamatsu, S., & Castellanos, J. (2012). Binge drinking and alcohol-related problems among U.S-born Asian Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 219-227.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

If you would like to nominate a SIG-AB Student of the Month, please email a brief letter of recommendation to Elly Leavens at leavens@okstate.edu. We look forward recognizing more of our student members throughout the year!

Posted in Trainee Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Student of the Month – September 2016

Introducing our Student of the Month for September 2016, Kayla Skinner!

Student: Kayla Skinner

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Veilleux

The University of Arkansas


image_kayla-skinnerBroadly, my research involves the identification of affective and social cognitive factors that contribute to overeating and other health-risk behaviors, with a specific focus on the transdiagnostic mechanisms that culminate in addictive behaviors, broadly defined to include substance misuse (e.g., smoking, binge drinking), and other patterned behavioral outcomes associated with impulsivity, emotion dysregulation, and lack of self-control (e.g., binge eating, non-suicidal self-injury).  A recent review (Veilleux & Skinner, 2015) investigated smoking, alcohol, and food domains to evaluate whether there was evidence of consistency across these domains and/or methodological differences that might inform future research and results indicated there may be merit in translating ideas from the addiction realm into eating pathology and obesity research.  In fact, in doing this literature review we found that looking at motivation as an individual difference factor (i.e., restrained vs unrestrained eaters) had been used in the eating domain but rarely in the smoking area; thus, we designed experimental paradigms to assess whether this relationship may manifest in smokers in addition to restrained/unrestrained eaters and found a parallel relationship (Veilleux, Skinner, & Pollert, in press). In my career, I aim to bridge the gap between both literatures and connect them, such that I will apply methods used in addiction to eating pathology and vice versa.

Skinner, K. D., & Veilleux, J. C. (2016). The interactive effects of drinking motives, age, and self-criticism in predicting hazardous drinking. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 1342-1352. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2016.1168448

Skinner, K. D., Rojas, S., & Veilleux, J. C. (2016). Connecting eating pathology with suicidal behavior: The mediating role of experiential avoidance. Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12249

Veilleux, J. C., Skinner, K. D., Reese, E. D., & Shaver, J. A. (2014). Affect intensity, emotion dysregulation and drinking to cope in college students and non-college adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 96-101doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.11.012

Veilleux, J. C., Skinner, K. D., & Pollert, G. A. (2016). Quit interest influences smoking cue-reactivity. Addictive Behaviors, 63, 137-140. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.017

Veilleux, J. C., & Skinner, K. D. (2016). Introspective responses to cues and motivation to reduce cigarette smoking influence state and behavioral responses to cue exposure. Addictive Behaviors, 103-108. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.04.002

Veilleux, J. C., Skinner, K. D. (2015).  Smoking, alcohol and food cues on subsequent behavior: A qualitative systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 36, 13-27. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2015.01.001

Skinner, K. D., & Veilleux, J. C. (May, 2016). Eating pathology and self-control: A key look at the mechanisms underlying the self-regulatory successes (and failures) of eating behavior. Paper presented at the Annual Convention for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Congratulations, Kayla!

If you would like to nominate a SIG-AB Student of the Month, please email a brief letter of recommendation to Elly Leavens at leavens@okstate.edu. We look forward recognizing more of our student members throughout the year!

Posted in Trainee Spotlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment