Department of Psychology
The University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5502
Clayton Neighbors, Ph.D.
Director of Social Psychology
Director of the Social Influences and
Health Behaviors Lab
Ph.D., University of Houston
B.A., Lamar University
Dr. Neighbors' work focuses on social and motivational influences in etiology, prevention, and treatment of health and risk behaviors. Outcomes of interest include alcohol and substance abuse, problem gambling, body image and eating disorders, intimate partner violence and aggressive driving. Support for this research has been provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Mental Health, the Department of Defense, and the National Center for Responsible Gaming..
- Alcohol and substance use
- Social norms and their application to prevention and brief intervention
- Self-determination and susceptibility to social influences
- Models of intimate partner violence and aggressive driving and applications to intervention
- Spiritual and religious influences on behavior and mental health
- Event specific prevention
- Social comparison and social identity
- Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse
- Social Psychology
Lindgren, K. P., Neighbors, C., Teachman, B. A., Wiers, R. W., Westgate, E., & Greenwald, A. G. (in press). I drink therefore I am: Validating alcohol-related implicit association tests. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
Neighbors, C., Walker, D. D., Mbilinyi, L. F., Zegree, J., Foster, D., & Roffman, R. A. (in press). A self-determination model of childhood exposure, perceived prevalence, justification, and perpetration of intimate partner violence. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Neighbors, C., Pedersen, E. R., Kaysen, D., Kulesza, M., & Walter, T. (2012). What should we do when participants report dangerous drinking? The impact of personalized letters versus general pamphlets as a function of sex and controlled orientation. Ethics and Behavior, 22,1-15.
Neighbors, C., Jensen, M., Tidwell, J., Walter, T., Fossos, N., & Lewis, M. A. (2011). Social norms interventions for light and non-drinking students. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 651-669.
Neighbors, C., Lindgren, K. P., Knee, C. R., Fossos, N., & DiBello, A. (2011). The influence of confidence on associations among personal attitudes, perceived injunctive norms and alcohol consumption. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 714-720.
Neighbors, C., Lewis, M. A., Atkins, D. C., Jensen, M. M., Walter, T., Fossos, N., Lee, C. M., & Larimer, M. E. (2010). Efficacy of web-based personalized normative feedback: A two-year randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 898-911.
Neighbors, C., LaBrie, J. W., Hummer, J. F., Lewis, M. A., Lee, C. M., Desai, S., Kilmer, J. R., & Larimer, M. E. (2010). Group identification as a moderator of the relationship between social norms and alcohol consumption. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 522-528.
Neighbors, C., Walker, D., Mbilinyi, L., O'Rourke, A., Edleson, J. L., Zegree, J, & Roffman, R. A. (2010). Normative misperceptions of abuse among perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 16, 370-386.
Bergstrom, R. L., Neighbors, C., & Malheim. J. E. (2009). Media comparisons and threats to body image: Seeking evidence of self-affirmation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 264-280.
Neighbors, C., Lee, C. M., Lewis, M. A., Fossos, N., & Walter, T. (2009). Internet-based personalized feedback to reduce 21st birthday drinking: A randomized controlled trial of an Event Specific Prevention Intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 51-63.
Neighbors, C., Geisner, I. M., & Lee, C. M. (2008). Perceived marijuana norms and social expectancies among entering college student marijuana users. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22, 433-438. PMID: 18778137.
Chawla, N., Neighbors, C., Lewis, M. A., Lee, C. M., & Larimer, M. E. (2007). Attitudes and perceived approval of drinking as mediators of the relationship between importance of religion and alcohol use. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68, 410-418. PMID: 17446981.
Neighbors, C., Lee, C. M., Lewis, M. A., Fossos, N., & Larimer, M. E. (2007). Are social norms the best predictor of outcomes among heavy drinking college students? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68, 556-565. PMID: 17568961.
Neighbors, C., Lewis, M. A., Bergstrom, R. L., & Larimer, M. E. (2006). Being controlled by normative influences: Self-determination as a moderator of a normative feedback alcohol intervention. Health Psychology, 25, 571-579.
Neighbors, C., Larimer, M. E., & Lewis, M. A. (2004). Targeting misperceptions of descriptive drinking norms: Efficacy of a computer-delivered personalized normative feedback intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 434-447.