Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


I am a Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and my research is conducted at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. I completed my graduate training at the University of Washington and my postdoctoral training at Brown University. My primary areas of interest are 1) developing and testing brief interventions for substance use among adolescents and young adults, 2) the influence of social networks on alcohol use, including how close peers can serve as effective bystanders in alcohol-risk situations, and 3) the use of wearable technologies for the assessment and treatment of alcohol use and associated problems. I have received multiple grant awards from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to fund my research. My recent publications have focused on peer influences within social networks, the utility of alcohol biosensors for research and clinical applications, and newly developed brief interventions for alcohol misuse. I have served on numerous scientific review committees for the Center for Scientific Review and NIAAA, and in various capacities for the Research Society on Alcoholism. In 2021 I was appointed to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In the Brown School of Public Health, I served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Senior Advisor to Faculty Affairs from 2016-2022.

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