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 We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

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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.

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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 We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

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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 We look forward to featuring more of our student and trainee members throughout the year!

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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.


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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 We look forward recognizing more of our student members throughout the year!

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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 We look forward recognizing more of our student members throughout the year!

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Early Career Faculty Spotlight

img_20130429_150151Heidemarie (Heidi) Blumenthal completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Arkansas in 2012. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology (Behavioral Science program) at the University of North Texas where she directs the Teen Stress and Alcohol Research (Teen St.A.R.) Laboratory ( Her research focuses on the developmental psychopathology of anxiety, substance use, and their co-occurrence. With a primary emphasis on adolescence and emerging adulthood, she employs a variety of methodological techniques (e.g., laboratory-based affect induction; direct and indirect assessment of desire to engage in substance use; alcohol administration; salivary hormones; short-term prospective) with the goal of informing developmentally-sensitive intervention design.

Dr. Blumenthal will be actively reviewing applications for graduate students for the 2017-2018 year (2016 applications).

Select Publications:

  • Blumenthal, H., Ham, L. S., Cloutier, R. M., Bacon, A. K., & Douglas, M. E. (in press). Social anxiety, disengagement coping, and alcohol use behaviors among adolescents. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.
  • Cloutier, R. M., Blumenthal, H., Mischel, E. R. (2016). An examination of social anxiety in marijuana and cigarette use motives among adolescents. Substance Use & Misuse, 51. 408-418. doi: 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, 23, 303-313. doi: 1037/pha0000022
  • Blumenthal, H., Leen-Feldner, E. W., Badour, C. L., & Babson, K. A. (2011). Anxiety psychopathology and alcohol use among adolescents: A critical review of the empirical literature and recommendations for future research. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 2, 318-353. doi: 10.5127/jep.012810
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Student of the Month – August 2016

Introducing our Student of the Month for August 2016, Sam Peter!

Student: Sam Peter

Mentor: Drs. James P. Whelan & Andrew W. Meyers

The University of Memphis

FullSizeRenderSam recently completed his first year in the University of Memphis’ Clinical Psychology graduate program where he studies under the supervision of Drs. Jim Whelan and Andrew Meyers. His research interests lie in the study of problematic gambling behavior and its disproportionate effect on economically disadvantaged populations. He currently works as a member of the Institute for Gambling Education and Research, which serves as both an active clinic and research laboratory. In his first year Sam’s research largely focused on understanding differential clinical presentations of gambling disorder dependent on the presence of comorbid conditions, specifically focusing on adult ADHD. He hopes to continue to foster both his clinical and research interests throughout his career.

Representative Presentations and Publications

Peter, S. C., Whelan, J. P., Ginley, M. K., Pfund, R. A., Wilson, K. K., & Meyers, A. W. (2016). Disordered gamblers with and without ADHD: The role of coping in elevated psychological distress. Submitted for publication.

Peter, S. C., Pfund, R. A., Ginley, M. K., Whelan, J. P., & Meyers, A. W. (2016, June). Co-occurring psychopathology among disordered gamblers: Implications for treatment components. Presentation given at the International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, NV.

Pfund, R. A., Ginley, M. K., Peter, S. C., Whelan, J. P., & Meyers, A. W. (2016, June). Gambling warning messages: The impact of winning and losing on message reception across a gambling episode. Presentation given at International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, NV.

Pfund, R. A., Wynn, B. S., Peter, S. C., Mata, J., Whelan, J. P., & Meyers, A. W. (2016, August). Identifying premature termination among disordered gamblers: A comparison of traditional methods to a multimethod approach. Poster to be presented at APA Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Congratulations, Sam!

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

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Student of the Month – July 2016

Introducing our Student of the Month for July 2016, Corey Roos!

Student: Corey Roos

Mentor: Dr. Katie Witkiewitz (nominated by Dr. Matthew Pearson)

The University of New Mexico

C2015-03-14 19.13.07 - Copyorey Roos is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of New Mexico. His research mentor is Dr. Katie Witkiewitz. Corey is primarily interested in better understanding mechanisms of behavior change related to substance use disorders and developing treatments to effectively treat substance use disorders. His specific areas of interest include: 1) mindfulness-based interventions and the role of mindfulness-based processes in addictive behaviors, 2) the role of coping and emotion regulation in substance use disorder development, maintenance, and recovery, and 3) using advanced quantitative analyses to better understand mechanisms of behavior change, such as which treatments work best for whom and why.

Roos, C.R., & Witkiewitz, K. (in press). Reward and relief dimensions of temptation to drink: Construct validity and role in predicting differential benefit from acamprosate and naltrexone. Addiction Biology.

Roos, C.R., & Witkiewitz, K. (in press). Adding tools to the toolbox: The role of coping repertoire in alcohol treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Roos, C.R., Kirouac, M., Pearson, M.R., Fink, B.C., & Witkiewitz, K. (2015). Examining alcohol craving from an existential perspective: Associations among craving, purpose in life, and drinking outcomes. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29(3), 716.

Roos, C.R., Pearson, M.R., & Brown, D. B. (2015). Drinking motives mediate the negative associations between mindfulness facets and alcohol outcomes among college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29(1), 176.

Pearson, M. R., Roos, C.R., Brown, D. B., & Witkiewitz, K. (2015). Neuroscience and mindfulness-based interventions: Translating neural mechanisms to addiction treatment.  In S. W. Feldstein-Ewing, K. Witkiewitz, & F. M. Filbey (Eds) Neuroimaging and Psychosocial Addiction Treatment: An Integrative Guide for Researchers and Clinicians. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Congratulations, Corey!

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

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