Suzanne M. Colby Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Suzanne Colby, Ph.D. is a Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She is an Associate Director of Brown's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS), where she also serves as Director of Postdoctoral Training. Dr. Colby also participates in the leadership of the Brown Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH). In addition to serving on the ARCH Executive Committee, Dr. Colby is Principal Investigator of the ARCH Pilot Projects Component, and Co-PI of the Education and Dissemination Component. In addition to these administrative and training roles, Dr. Colby collaborates on eight other research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These projects include: a randomized clinical trial (RCT) for reducing heavy drinking and HIV risk in Emergency Department patients, an RCT testing the efficacy of a culturally-adapted motivational intervention for Latino heavy drinkers; and studies testing smoking interventions for adults in substance abuse treatment.

A nationally recognized expert in adolescent tobacco research, Dr. Colby has participated in numerous collaborative efforts to enhance research on and development of cessation treatments for adolescent smokers. She served for three years as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the international Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) as Member Delegate representing North American members. She has had numerous leadership positions for SRNT, including Chair of the Publications Committee, the Program Committee, and Chair of a national panel on Biochemical Verification of Adolescent Smoking.

Her recent publications have focused on the assessment and treatment of nicotine dependence in youth, adolescent substance use prevalence and diagnosis, and innovative brief interventions for substance misuse among adolescents and young adults.

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scholarly work

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Abrams, D. B., Rubonis, A. V., Niaura, R. S., Sirota, A. D., & Colby, S. M. (1992).  Cue elicited urge to drink and salivation in alcoholics: Relationship to individual differences.  Advances in Behavior Research and Therapy, 14, 195-210.

Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Rubonis, A. V., Niaura, R. S., Sirota, A. D., Colby, S. M., & Abrams, D. B. (1993).  Alcohol cue reactivity: Effects of detoxification and extended exposure.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 54, 235-249.

Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Rubonis, A. V., Niaura, R. S., Sirota, A. D., Colby, S.M., Goddard P., & Abrams, D. B. (1993).  Alcohol cue exposure with coping skills treatment:  A preliminary investigation.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61, 1011-1019.

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Rubonis, A. V., Sirota, A. D., Niaura, R. S., Colby, S. M., Wunschel, S. M., & Abrams, D. B. (1994).  Cue reactivity as a predictor of drinking among male alcoholics.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 620-626.

Rubonis, A. V., Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Gulliver, S. B., & Sirota, A. D. (1994).  Alcohol cue reactivity and mood induction in male and female alcoholics. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 55, 487-494.

Sayette, M. A., Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Gulliver, S. B., Colby, S. M., Sirota, A. D., Niaura, R. S., & Abrams, D. B. (1994).  The effects of cue exposure on reaction time in male alcoholics.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 55, 629-633.

Gulliver, S. B., Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M., Dey, A., Abrams, D. B., Niaura, R. S., & Monti, P. M. (1995).  Interrelationship of smoking and alcohol dependence, use and urges to use.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 56, 202-206.

Abrams, D. B., Monti, P. M., Niaura, R. S., Rohsenow, D. J., & Colby, S. M. (1996). Interventions for alcoholics who smoke.  Alcohol Health & Research World, 20, (2), 111-117.

Colby, S. M. & Chung, T. (1997).  Adolescents and alcohol:  Preventive opportunities for health care providers.  Medicine & Health, Rhode Island, 80, 223-226.

Palfai, T. P., Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., & Rohsenow, D. J. (1997).  Effects of suppressing the urge to drink on the accessibility of alcohol outcome expectancies. Behavior Research and Therapy, 35, 59-65.

Palfai, T. P., Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., & Rohsenow, D. J. (1997).  Effects of suppressing the urge to drink on smoking behavior:  A preliminary study.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 11, 115-123.

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., Gulliver, S. B., Sirota, A. D., Niaura, R. S., & Abrams, D. B. (1997).  Effects of alcohol cues on smoking urges and topography among alcoholic men.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 21, 101-107.

Barnett, N. P., Spirito, A., Colby, S. M., Vallee, J. A., Woolard, R. H., Lewander, W. J., &  Monti, P. M. (1998).  Detection of alcohol use in adolescent patients in the emergency department.  Academic Emergency Medicine, 5(6), 607-612.

Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., Barnett, N. P., Rohsenow, D. J., Weissman, K., Spirito, A., Woolard, R. H., & Lewander, W. J. (1998).  Brief motivational interviewing in a hospital setting for adolescent smoking:  A preliminary study.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 574-578.

Hutchison, K. E., Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Swift, R., Colby, S. M., Gnys, M., Niaura, R., & Sirota, A. D. (1999).  Effects of naltrexone with nicotine replacement on smoking cue reactivity:  Preliminary results.  Psychopharmacology, 142, 139-143.

Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Hutchison, K., Swift, R. M., Mueller, T. I., Colby, S. M., Brown, R. A., Gulliver, S. B., Gordon, A., & Abrams, D. B. (1999).  Naltrexone’s effect on cue-elicited craving among alcoholics in treatment.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 23, 1386-1394.

Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Spirito, A., Rohsenow, D. J., Myers, M. G., Woolard, R. H., & Lewander, W. J. (1999).  Brief interventions for harm reduction with alcohol-positive older adolescents in a hospital emergency department.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 989-994.

Gulliver, S. B., Kalman, D., Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M., Eaton, C. A., & Monti, P. M. (2000).  Smoking and drinking among alcoholics in treatment:  Cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 61, 157-163.

O’Leary, T. A., Rohsenow, D. J., Martin, R., Colby, S. M., Eaton, C. A., & Monti, P. M. (2000).  The relationship between anxiety levels and outcome of cocaine abuse treatment. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 26, 179-194.

Colby, S. M., Tiffany, S., Shiffman, S., & Niaura, R. S. (2000).  Measuring nicotine dependence among youth:  A review of available approaches and instruments.  Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 59, S23-S39.

Colby, S. M., Tiffany, S., Shiffman, S., & Niaura, R. S. (2000).  Are adolescent smokers dependent on nicotine?  A review of the evidence.  Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 59, S83-S95.

Chung, T., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., & Spirito, A. (2000).  Screening adolescents for problem drinking:  Performance of brief screens against DSM-IV alcohol diagnoses.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 61, 579-587.

Colby, J. J., Raymond, G. A., & Colby, S. M. (2000).  Evaluation of a college policy mandating treatment for students with substantiated drinking problems.  Journal of College Student Development, 41, 395-404.

Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., Swift, R. M., Martin, R., Mueller, T. I., Gordon, A., & Eaton, C. A. (2000).  Predictors of compliance with naltrexone among alcoholics. Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 24, 1542-1549.

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Hutchison, K. E., Swift, R. M., Colby, S. M., & Kaplan, G. (2000). Naltrexone’s effects on reactivity to alcohol cues among alcoholic men.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109, 738-742.

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Rubonis, A. V., Gulliver, S. B., Colby, S. M., Binkoff, J. A., & Abrams, D. B. (2001). Cue exposure with coping skills training and communication skills training for alcohol dependence: 6 and 12-month outcomes. Addiction, 96, 1161-1174.

Kalman, D., Hayes, K., Colby, S. M., Eaton, C. A., Rohsenow, D. J., & Monti, P. M. (2001). Concurrent versus delayed smoking cessation treatment for persons in early alcohol recovery:  A pilot study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 20, 233-238.

Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Swift, R. M., Gulliver, S. B., Colby, S. M., Mueller, T. I., Brown, R. A., Gordon, A., Abrams, D. B., Niaura, R. S., & Asher, M. K.  (2001). Naltrexone and cue exposure with coping and communication skills training for alcoholics: Treatment process and 1-year outcomes.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 25, 1634-1647.

Spirito, A., Barnett, N. P., Lewander, W. J., Colby, S. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Eaton, C. A., & Monti, P. M. (2001).  Risks associated with alcohol-positive status among adolescents in the Emergency Department:  A matched case-control study.  The Journal of Pediatrics, 139, 5, 694-699.

Barnett, N. P., Lebeau-Craven, R., O’Leary, T. A., Colby, S. M., Woolard, R. H., Rohsenow, D. J., Spirito, A., & Monti, P. M. (2002).  Predictors of motivation to change after medical treatment for drinking-related events in adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, 106-112.

D'Amico, E. J., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., Spirito, A., & Rohsenow, D. J. (2002). Does alcohol use mediate the association between alcohol evaluations and alcohol-related problems in adolescents? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, 157-160.

O’Leary, T.A., Brown, S.A., Colby, S.M., Cronce, J.M., D’Amico, E.J., Fader, J.S., Geisner, I.M.,

Larimer, M.E., Maggs, J.L., McCrady, B., Palmer, R.S., Schulenberg, J., & Monti, P.M.  (2002).  Treating adolescents together or individually?  Issues in adolescent substance abuse interventions. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 26, 890-899.

Hitsman, B., Abrams, D. B., Shadel, W. G., Niaura, R., Borrelli, B., Emmons, K. M., Brown, R. A., Swift, R. M., Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., & Colby, S. M. (2002).  Depressive symptoms and readiness to quit smoking among cigarette smokers in outpatient alcohol treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, 264-268.

Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Eaton, C. A., Spirito, A., Woolard, R. H., Lewander, W. J., Rohsenow, D. J., & Monti, P. M. (2002).  Potential biases in case detection of alcohol involvement among adolescents in an emergency department.  Pediatric Emergency Care, 18, 350-354.

Chung, T., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., & Monti, P. M. (2002).  Alcohol use disorders identification test: Factor structure in an adolescent emergency department sample.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 26, 223-231.

Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., O’Leary, T. A., Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Spirito, A., Riggs, S., & Barnett, N. P. (2002).  Response distortion in adolescents who smoke: A pilot study.  Journal of Drug Education, 32, 271-286.

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., & Martin, R. A. (2002).  Brief interventions for smoking cessation in alcoholic smokers.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 26, 1950-1951.

Collins, L. M., Flaherty, B. P., & Colby, S. M. (2002).  Measurement and design issues in tobacco and drug use research. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 68, S1-S2.

Mermelstein, R., Colby, S. M., Patten, C., Prokhorov, A., Brown, R., Myers, M., Adelman, W., Hudmon, K., & McDonald, P. (2002).  Methodological issues in measuring treatment outcome in adolescent smoking cessation studies.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 4, 395-403.

Chung, T., Colby, S. M., O’Leary, T. A., Barnett, N. P., & Monti, P. M. (2003). Screening for cannabis use disorders in an adolescent emergency department sample.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 70, 177-186.

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., Gulliver, S. B., Swift, R. M., & Abrams, D. B. (2003). Naltrexone treatment for alcoholics: Effect on cigarette smoking rates. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 5, 231-236.

Backinger, C. L., McDonald, P., Ossip-Klein, D. J., Colby, S. M., Maule, C. O., Fagan, P., Huston, C., & Colwell, B. (2003).   Improving the future of youth smoking cessation: Building the research foundation.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 27 (Suppl. 2), S170-S184.

Rohsenow, D. J., Abrams, D.B., Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., Martin, R., Niaura, R. S. (2003).  The smoking effects questionnaire for adult populations: Development and psychometric properties.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 1257-1270.

Tapert, S. F., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Spirito, A., Rohsenow, D. J., Myers, M. G., & Monti P. M. (2003).  Depressed mood, gender, and problem drinking in youth.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 12, 55-68.

Lebeau-Craven, R., Stein, L. A. R., Barnett, N., & Colby, S. M. (2003).  Prevalence of alcohol and drug use in an adolescent training facility.  Substance Use & Misuse, 38, 825-834.

Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Spirito, A., Colby, S. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Ruffolo, L., & Woolard, R. (2003).  Alcohol use and related harm among older adolescents treated in an emergency department:  The importance of alcohol status and college status.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 64, 342-349.

Barnett, N.P., Monti, P.M., Cherpitel, C., Bendtsen, P., Borges, G., Colby, S.M., Nordqvist, C., & Johansson, K.  (2003).  Identification and brief treatment of alcohol problems with medical patients:  An international perspective.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27, 262-270.

Colby, S. M., Lee, C. S., Lewis-Esquerre, J., Esposito, C., & Monti, P. M. (2004).  Adolescent alcohol misuse: Methodological issues for enhancing treatment research. Addiction, 99 (Suppl2): 47-62.

Stokols, D., Fuqua, J., Gress, J., Harvey, R., Phillips, K., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Unger, J., Palmer, P., Clark, M. A., Colby, S. M., Morgan, G., & Trochim, W. (2003).  Evaluating transdisciplinary science. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 5 Suppl 1, S21-S39.

Gulliver, S. B., Colby, S. M., Hayes, K. L., & Raffa, S. D. (2004).  Tobacco cessation treatment for pregnant smokers:  Incorporating partners and incentives.  Medicine & Health, Rhode Island, 87, 9-12.

Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Martin, R. A., Colby, S. M., Myers, M. G., Gulliver, S. B., Brown, R. A., Mueller, T. I., Gordon, A. & Abrams, D. B. (2004).  Motivational enhancement and coping skills training for cocaine abusers:  Effects on substance use outcomes.  Addiction, 99, 862-874.

Spirito, A., Monti, P. M., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M., Sindelar, H., Rohsenow, D. J., Lewander, W., Myers, M. G. (2004). A randomized clinical trial of a brief motivational intervention for alcohol-positive adolescents treated in an Emergency Department.  The Journal of Pediatrics, 145, 396-402.

Colby, S. M., Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., Gwaltney, C., Gulliver, S. B., Abrams, D. B., Niaura, R. S., & Sirota, A. D. (2004). Effects of tobacco deprivation on alcohol cue reactivity and drinking among young adult social drinkers.  Addictive Behaviors, 29, 879-892.

Barnett, N. P., O'Leary Tevyaw, T., Fromme, K., Borsari, B., Carey, K. B., Corbin, W., Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M.  (2004).  Brief alcohol interventions with mandated or adjudicated college students.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 28, 966-975.

Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M., Martin, R. A., & Monti, P. M. (2005).  Nicotine and other substance interaction expectancies questionnaire: Relationship of expectancies to substance use.  Addictive Behaviors, 30, 629-641.  

Lewis-Esquerre, J.M., Colby, S.M., O’Leary-Tevyaw, T., Eaton, C.A., Kahler, C.W., & Monti, P. (2005).   Validation of the timeline follow-back in the assessment of adolescent smoking. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 79, 33-43.

Murphy, J. G., Correia, C. J., Colby, S. M., & Vuchinich, R. E.  (2005). Using behavioral theories of choice to predict drinking outcomes following a brief intervention. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 13, 93-101.

Velicer, W. F., & Colby, S. M. (2005).  A comparison of missing data procedures in time series analysis. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 65, 596-615.

Curtin, J. Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M., Rohsenow, D. J., & Monti, P. M. (2005). Cue reactivity in adolescents:  Measurement of separate approach and avoidance reactions.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 332-343.

Slavet, J., Stein, L. A. R., Moroney-Klein, J., Colby, S., Barnett, N., & Monti, P. (2005). Piloting the Family Check-Up with incarcerated adolescents and their parents.  Psychological Services, 2, 123-132.

Stein, L.A.R., Lebeau-Craven, R., Martin, R., Barnett, N.P., Colby, S.M., Golembeske, C., & Penn, J. (2005).  Validity of the SASSI-A in a juvenile correctional setting.  Assessment, 12, 384-394.

Colby, S. M., Drobes, D. J., West, R. (2005).  International advances in nicotine and tobacco research.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 7, 667-709.

Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., O’Leary-Tevyaw, T. A., Barnett, N. P., Spirito, A., Rohsenow, D. J., Riggs, S., Lewander, W. J. (2005). Brief motivational intervention for adolescent smokers in a hospital setting.  Addictive Behaviors, 30, 865-874.

Friend, K. B., & Colby, S. M.  (2006).  Health care providers’ use of brief clinical interventions for adolescent smokers.  Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 13, 263-280.

Murphy, J. G., Hoyme, C. K., Colby, S. M., & Borsari, B.(2006). Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related problems, and quality of life among college students. Journal of College Student Development, 47, 110-121.

Murphy, J. G., Barnett, N. P., & Colby, S. M. (2006).  Alcohol-related and alcohol-free reinforcement   among college students: A behavioral theories of choice analysis.  Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 14, 339-349.

Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., & Lebeau-Craven, R. (2006). Effects of motivational interviewing for incarcerated adolescents on driving under the influence after release. American Journal of Addictions, 15, 50-57.

Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., Lebeau-Craven, R., & Miranda, R. (2006). Enhancing substance abuse treatment engagement in incarcerated adolescents.  Psychological Services, 3, 25-34.

Slavet, J. D., Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., & Lebeau-        Craven, R. (2006).  The Marijuana Ladder: Measuring motivation to change marijuana use in incarcerated adolescents.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 83, 42-48.

Barnett, N. P., Goldstein, A. L., Murphy, J. G., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2006). I’ll never drink like that again:  Characteristics of alcohol-related incidents and predictors of motivation to change in college students.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 67, 754-763.

Lee, C.S., Lopez, S.R., Colby, S.M., Tejada, M., Garcia Coll, C., and Smith, M.  (2006).  Social processes underlying acculturation:  A study of drinking behavior among immigrant Latinos in the Northeast United States.  Contemporary Drug Problems, 33, 585-609.

Colby, S. M., & Gwaltney, C. J. (2007). Pharmacotherapy for adolescent smoking cessation. Journal of the American Medical Association, 298, 2182-2184.

Barnett, N. P., Murphy, J.G., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2007). Efficacy of counselor vs. computer delivered intervention with mandated college students.  Addictive Behaviors, 32, 2529-2548.

Dierker, L., Donny, E., Tiffany, S., Colby, S. M., Perrine, N., Clayton, R. & the Tobacco Etiology           Research Network (2007).  The association between smoking and DSM-IV nicotine dependence among       first year college students.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 86, 106-114.

Donny, E. C., Colby, S. M., & Tidey J. W. (2007). Recent progress in nicotine and tobacco research. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 9 (Suppl. 2), S91-S350.

Monti, P.M., Barnett, N.P., Colby, S.M., Gwaltney, C.J., Spirito, A., Rohsenow, D.J., & Woolard, R.  (2007).   Motivational interviewing vs. feedback only in emergency care for young adult problem drinking.  Addiction, 102, 1234-1243.

Murphy, J. G., Barnett, N. P., Goldstein, A. L., & Colby, S. M. (2007). Gender moderates the relationship between substance-free activity enjoyment and substance use.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 261-265.

Tevyaw, T. O., Borsari, B., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2007). Peer enhancement of a brief motivational intervention with mandated college students.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 114-119.

Tevyaw, T. O., Gwaltney, C., Tidey, J. W., Colby, S. M., Kahler, C. W., Miranda, R., Barnett, N. P., Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M. (2007).  Contingency management for adolescent smokers: An exploratory study.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 16, 23-44.

Stein, L.A.R., Katz, B., Colby, S.M., Barnett, N.P., Monti, P.M., & Golembeske, C. (2007). Validity and reliability of the alcohol expectancy questionnaire-adolescent, brief. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 16, 115-117.

Baker, T. B., Piper, M. E., McCarthy, D. E., Bolt, D. M., Smith, S. S., Kim, S., Colby, S. M., Conti, D., Giovino, G. A., Hatsukami, D., Hyland, A., Krishnan-Sarin, S, Niaura, R. S., Perkins, K. A., & Toll, B. A. (2008). Time to first cigarette in the morning as an index of ability to quit smoking: Implications for nicotine dependence.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 9, S555-S570.

Gwaltney, C. J., Bartolomei, R., Colby, S. M., & Kahler, C. W. (2008).  Ecological momentary assessment of adolescent smoking cessation: A feasibility study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 10, 1185-1190.

Kahler, C.W., Strong, D.R., Papandonatos, G.D., Colby, S.M., Clark, M.A., Boergers, J., Niaura, R., Abrams, D.B., & Buka, S.L. (2008). Cigarette smoking and the lifetime alcohol involvement continuum. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 93, 111-120.

Lee, C. S., Abrantes, A., Colby, S. M., Lopez, S. R., & Jordan, T. J. (2008). Medical student judgments of alcohol-involved adolescents. Substance Use and Misuse, 43, 709-721.

Torrealday, O., Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., & Lebeau-Craven, R. (2008).  Validity of a Brief Marijuana Effects Expectancy Questionnaire for adolescents:  MEEQ-B. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 17, 1-17.

Barnett, N. P., Borsari, B., Hustad, J., Tevyaw, T. O, Colby, S. M., Kahler, C., Monti, P. M. (2008).  Profiles of college students mandated to alcohol intervention. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69, 684-694.

Colby, S. M., Colby, J. J., & Raymond, G. A. (2009). College versus the real world:  Student perceptions and implications for understanding heavy drinking among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 17-27.

Strong, D. R., Kahler, C. W., Colby, S. M., Griesler, P. G., & Kandel, D. (2009). Linking measures of adolescent nicotine dependence to a common latent continuum. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 99, 296-308.

Gilman, S., Rende, R., Boergers, J., Abrams, D., Buka, S., Clark, M., Colby, S. M., Hitsman, B., Kazura, A., Lipsitt, L., Lloyd-Richardson, E., Rogers, M. (2009). Parental smoking and adolescent smoking initiation: An intergenerational perspective on tobacco control. Pediatrics, 123, 274-281.

O’Leary Tevyaw, T., Colby, S. M., Tidey, J. W., Kahler, C. W., Rohsenow, D. J., Barnett, N. P., Gwaltney, C. J., & Monti, P. M. (2009). Contingency management and motivational enhancement: A randomized clinical trial for college student smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 11, 739-749.

Kahler, C.W., Daughters, S.B., Leventhal, A.M., Rogers, M.L., Clark, M.A., Colby, S.M., Boergers, J., Ramsey, S.E., Abrams, D.B., Niaura, R., & Buka, S.L. (2009). Personality, psychiatric disorders, and smoking in middle-aged adults. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 11, 833-841.

Kahler, C.W., Leventhal, A.M., Colby, S.M., Gwaltney, C. G., Kamarck, T. W., & Monti, P. M. (2009). Hostility, Cigarette Smoking, and Responses to a Lab-based Social Stressor.  Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 17, 413-424.

Neighbors, C. J., Barnett, N. P., Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2010). Cost effectiveness of a brief intervention for alcohol-involved youth in a hospital emergency department. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 384-394.

Barnett, N. P., Apodaca, T., Magill, M., Colby, S.M., Gwaltney, C. G., Rohsenow, D.J., & Monti, P. M. (2010).  Moderators and mediators of two brief interventions for alcohol in the emergency department. Addiction, 105, 452-465.

Colby, S. M., Leventhal, A. M., Brazil, L., Lewis-Esquerre, J., Stein, L.A.R., Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., & Niaura, R. S. (2010). Smoking abstinence and reinstatement effects in adolescent cigarette smokers Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12, 19-28.

Kahler, C.W., Leventhal, A.M., Daughters, S.B., Clark, M.A., Colby, S.M., Ramsey, S.E., Boergers, J., Abrams, D.B., Niaura, R., & Buka, S.L. (2010). Relationships of personality and psychiatric disorders to multiple domains of smoking motives and dependence in middle-aged adults. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12, 381-389.

Wen, X. M., Chen, W., Gans, K. M., Colby, S. M., Zhou, Z., Qiu, Q., Liu, T., Lu, C., Zhang, C., Luo, Y., Liang, C., Han, K., Deng, X., & Ling, W. (2010). Two-year effects of a school-based prevention program on adolescent cigarette smoking in Guangzhou, China. International Journal of Epidemiology, 39, 860-876.

Magill, M. M., Mastroleo, N. R., Apodaca, T. R., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2010). Motivational interviewing with significant other participation: Assessing therapeutic alliance, treatment fidelity, and client satisfaction and engagement. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 39, 391-8.

Jackson, K. J., Colby, S. M., & Sher, K. J. (2010). Daily patterns of conjoint smoking and drinking in college student smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 424-435.

Murphy, J. G., MacKillop, J., Tidey, J. W., Brazil, L. A., & Colby, S. M. (2011).  Validity of a demand curve measure of nicotine reinforcement with adolescent smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 113, 207-214.

Stein, L. A. R., Lebeau, R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Golembeske, C., & Monti, P. M. (2011). Motivational interviewing for incarcerated adolescents:  Effects of depressive symptoms on reducing alcohol and marijuana use after release. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 497-506.  

Spirito, A., Sindelar-Manning, H., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Lewander, W. Rohsenow, D. J., & Monti, P. M. (2011). Individual and family motivational interventions for alcohol positive adolescents treated in an emergency department: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 165, 269-274.

Gwaltney, C.J., Magill, M., Barnett, N.P., Apodaca, T.R., Colby, S.M., & Monti, P.M. (2011). Using Daily Drinking Data to Characterize the Effects of a Brief Alcohol Intervention in an Emergency Room. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 248-50.

Clair, M., Stein, L. A. R., Martin, R., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., & Lebeau, R. (2011). Motivation to change alcohol use and treatment engagement in incarcerated youth.  Addictive Behaviors, 36, 674-80.

Lee, C. S., López, S. R., Hernández, L., Colby, S. M., Caetano, R., Borrelli, B., & Rohsenow, D. J. (2011). A cultural adaptation of motivational interviewing to address heavy drinking among Hispanics. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 317-324.

Barnett, N. P., Tidey, J., Murphy, J. G., Swift, R., & Colby, S. M. (2011).  Contingency management for alcohol use reduction: A pilot study using a transdermal alcohol sensor.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 118, 391-399.

Mastroleo, N. R., Barnett, N. P., Murphy, J. G., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2011). Incident-specific and individual level moderators of brief intervention effects with mandated college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 616-624.

Myers, M. G., Gwaltney, C. J., Strong, D. R., Ramsey, S. E., Brown, R. A., Colby, S. M. (2011). Adolescent first lapse following smoking cessation:  Situation characteristics and precipitants.  Addictive Behaviors, 36, 1253-1260.

Kahler, C. W., McHugh, R. K., Leventhal, A. M., Colby, S. M., Gwaltney, C. J., & Monti, P. M. (2012). High hostility among smokers predicts slower recognition of positive facial emotion. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 444-448.

Colby, S. M., Clark, M., Rogers, M. L., Ramsey, S., Graham, A. L., Boergers, J., Kahler, C. W., Papandonatos, G. D., Buka, S., Niaura, R. S., Abrams, D. B. (2012). Development and reliability of the Lifetime Interview on Smoking Trajectories (LIST).  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14, 290-298.

Murphy, J. G., Skidmore, J. R., Dennhardt, A. A., Martens, M. P., Borsari, B., Barnett, N. P., & Colby, S. M. (2012). A behavioral economic supplement to brief motivational interventions for college drinking.  Addiction Research & Theory, 20, 456-465.

Colby, S. M., Swanton, D. N., Colby, J. J. (2012). College students’ evaluations of heavy drinking: The influence of gender, age, and college status.  Journal of College Student Development, 53, 797-810.

Hoeppner, B., Barnett, N. P., Jackson, K. M., Colby, S. M., Kahler, C. W., Monti, P. M., Read, J., Tevyaw, T., Wood, M., Corriveau, D., & Fingeret, A. (2012). Daily drinking patterns across the first year of college. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 613-624.

Colby, S. M., Nargiso, J., Tevyaw, T., Barnett, N. P., Metrik, J., Woolard, R. H., Lewander, W., Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M. (2012).  Enhanced motivational interviewing versus brief advice for adolescent smoking cessation: A randomized clinical trial.  Addictive Behaviors, 37, 817–823.

Murphy, J. G., Dennhardt, A. A., Skidmore, J. R., Borsari, B., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M. &  Martens, M. P. (2012). A randomized controlled trial of a behavioral economic supplement to brief motivational interventions for college drinking. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 876-886.

Bidwell, L. C., Leventhal, A. M., Tidey, J. W., Brazil, L., Niaura, R. S., & Colby, S. M. (2012). Effects of abstinence in adolescent tobacco smokers: Withdrawal symptoms, reactive irritability and cue reactivity. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts155.

Bidwell, L.C., MacKillop, J., Murphy, J.G., Tidey, J.W., Colby, S.M. (2012). The factor structure of a behavioral economic demand curve measure of nicotine reinforcement in adolescent smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 1257-1263.

Rohsenow, D. J., Martin, R. A., Tidey, J. W., Monti, P. M., & Colby, S. M. (2013).  Comparison of the Cigarette Dependence Scale with four other measures of nicotine involvement: Correlations with smoking history and smoking treatment outcome in smokers with substance use disorders.  Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2409–2413.

Lee, C.S., Colby, S.M., Rohsenow, D.J., Lopez, S.R., Hernandez, L., & Caetano, R. (2013). Acculturation stress and drinking problems among urban heavy drinking Latinos in the Northeast.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 12, 308-320.

Tidey, J. W., Colby, S. M., & Xavier, E. M. H. (2013). Effects of smoking abstinence on cigarette craving, nicotine withdrawal and nicotine reinforcement in smokers with and without schizophrenia. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2013 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Lee, C. S., Lopez, S.R., Colby, S. M., Rohsenow, D.J., Hernandez, L., Borrelli, B., & Caetano, R. (2013). Culturally adapted motivational interviewing for Latino heavy drinkers: Results from a randomized clinical trial.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 12, 356-373.

Montague, B. T., Kahler, C. W., Colby, S. M., McHugh, K., Squires, D., Fitzgerald, B., Operario, D., Gallagher, D., Monti, P. M., & Mayer, K. (in press).  Attitudes and training needs of New England HIV care and addiction treatment providers: Opportunities for better integration of HIV and alcohol treatment services.  Addictive Disorders and their Treatment.

Clark, M. A., Rogers, M. L., Boergers, J., Kahler, C., Ramsey, S., Neighbors, C., Saadeh, F. M., Abrams, D. B., Buka, S., Niaura, R. S., & Colby, S. M. (in press).  A transdisciplinary approach to protocol development for tobacco control research: A case study. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research.

Hoeppner, B., Barnett, N. P., Bidwell, C., & Colby, S. M. (in press). Smoking patterns and their relationship to drinking in first year college students.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Rohsenow, D. J., Martin, R. A., Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., Day, A. M., Abrams, D. B., Sirota, A. D., & Swift, R.M. (2014). Motivational interviewing versus brief advice for smokers in residential alcohol Treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46, 346-355. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2013.10.002.

Jackson, K. M., Roberts, M., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Abar, C. & Merrill, J. (in press). Willingness to drink as a function of peer offers and peer norms in early adolescence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Bernstein, M., Colby, S. M., Kahler, C. W., Bidwell, C., & Leventhal, A. (in press). Hostility and cigarette use: A comparison between smokers and non-smokers in a matched sample of adolescents. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Abar, C.C., Jackson, K.M., Colby, S.M., & Barnett, N.P. (in press).  Discrepancies between parent and child reports of parental monitoring and their relationship to adolescent alcohol-related behaviors.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M., Mastroleo, N. R., Barnett, N. P., Gwaltney, C. J., Apodaca, T., Rohsenow, D. R., & Gogineni, A. (in press).  Individual vs. significant other-enhanced brief motivational intervention in emergency care. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

 

research overview

Dr. Colby is Principal Investigator of the ARCH Pilot Projects Component which awards funding for innovative pilot studies in the area of alcohol and HIV.  She is also Co-PI of the ARCH Education and Dissemination Component (EDC). The EDC provides alcohol/HIV research training to postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers at Brown.  Dr. Colby currently collaborates on eight other research grants at CAAS funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These projects include: a randomized clinical trial (RCT) for reducing heavy drinking and HIV risk in Emergency Department patients, an RCT testing the efficacy of a culturally-adapted motivational intervention for Latino heavy drinkers; a longitudinal cohort study designed to study adolescent progression through alcohol use milestones, from first sip to early signs of an alcohol use disorder; and studies testing smoking interventions for adults in substance abuse treatment.  Her recent publications have focused on the assessment and treatment of nicotine dependence in youth, adolescent substance use prevalence and diagnosis, and innovative brief interventions for substance misuse among adolescents and young adults.

research statement

Suzanne Colby's primary research interests include laboratory and clinical studies, treatment development, and instrumentation research related to adolescent and young adult alcohol, tobacco and other substance use.  

funded research

Colby, S. M. [Principal Investigator], Stein, M. Pilot Projects Component. NIAAA: “Alcohol and HIV:  Biobehavioral Interactions and Intervention”.  10/1/10-8/31/15. $524,638. 1 P01 AA019072.

Jackson, K., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S.M. [Co-Investigator], Hussong, A. M., Kahler, C.W. NIAAA: “Initiation and Progression through Early Drinking Milestones in Underage Drinkers” 10/1/08-8/31/13. $3,677,696. R01 AA16838.

Monti, P. M. et al. Colby, S. M. [Principal Investigator of Pilot Projects Component and Co-PI of Education and Dissemination Component]. NIAAA: “Alcohol and HIV:  Biobehavioral Interactions and Intervention”.  10/1/10-8/31/15. $9,999,857. 1 P01 AA019072.

Monti, P. M., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M. [Co-Investigator], Operario, D., Mastroleo, N., Shepard, D. “Brief Interventions in the Emergency Department for Alcohol and HIV/Sexual Risk”, 12/01/2009-11/30/2014. $4,116,667.  2 R01 AA009892.

Monti, P. M., Colby, S. M. [Co-Investigator and Training Director].  NIAAA: “Alcohol Intervention/Treatment Outcome Research Training”, 7/1/12-6/30/17. 3 T32 AA007459.

Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M. [Co-Investigator and Training Director]. NIDA: “Substance Abuse Intervention/Outcome Research Training”, 7/1/13-6/30/18. $1,110,077.  5 T32 DA016184.

Donny, E. & Hatsukami, D. NIDA: “Evaluating New Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes”, 9/1/11-8/31/16. $14,940,434. Tidey, J. W., Colby, S. M. [Co-Investigator on Project 1] NIDA: “Investigating the Impact of Nicotine Using Spectrum Cigarettes”, 9/1/11-8/31/12. $326,350. 1 P50 DA031659.

Donny, E. & Hatsukami, D. NIDA: “Evaluating New Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes”, 9/1/11-8/31/16. $14,940,434. Tidey, J. W., Colby, S. M. [Co-Investigator on Project 3]. NIDA: “Very low nicotine cigarettes in smokers with schizophrenia”, 9/1/12-8/31/16. $1,345,785. 1 P50 DA031659.

Lee, C. S., Colby, S. M. [Principal Investigator of Brown subaward], Rohsenow, D. J. NIAAA: “A Randomized Clinical Trial of Culturally Tailored Motivational Interviewing”, 12/15/12-11/30/17.   $411,593: 1R01 AA021136.

Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M. [Co-Investigator], Martin, R. A., Tidey, J. W. NIDA: “Very Low-Nicotine Cigarettes in Smokers with SUD: Smoking, Substance Use Effects”, 9/15/13-5/31/18. $406,539. 1R01DA034628.