Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Jennifer Merrill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has primarily focused on investigating the etiology and consequences of alcohol misuse among young adults, with a particular interest in the subjective evaluation of alcohol-related consequences. She has five-year R01 from NIAAA to study drinking patterns, proximal antecedents, and consequences of both high-intensity drinking and alcohol-induced blackouts among emerging adults. She is also PI of an R34 from NIAAA to develop a mobile-delivered personalized feedback intervention, and MPI of an R21 focused on how young adults not in college discuss alcohol on social media. She has expertise in qualitative methods, ecological momentary assessment, alcohol biosensors, advanced data analysis, and intervention development.

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