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Clayton Neighbors

Clayton Neighbors, Ph.D.

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, and intimate partner violence. 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.

Research Interests

  • 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
  • Implicit and explicit alcohol identity
  • Expressive writing interventions

Research Assistant Professor

Dipali V. Rinker

Dipali Rinker

Background:
B.A., Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (2002)
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Houston-Clear Lake (2004)
Ph.D., Behavioral Sciences/Health Promotion, UT Health Science Center School of Public Health, Houston (2014)
Minor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Interests:

  • health and risk behaviors of emerging adult populations
  • brief interventions to reduce risky health behaviors and increase healthy behaviors
  • how social networks contribute to the acquisition of health behaviors and cessation of risky behaviors
  • environmental correlates and policies that contribute to the risky and healthy behaviors of emerging adults.

Personal Bio:
I have a 7 year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son who keep me busy!

Nguyen, N., Walters, S.T., Rinker, Dipali V., Wyatt, T.M., & DeJong, W. (2011). Fake ID ownership in a US sample of incoming first-year college students. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 759-761.

Rinker, D. V., Lindsay, J.A. Schmitz, J.M., & Green, C.A. (2009). Factor analyses of the Allen Barriers to Treatment Instrument in a sample of women seeking outpatient treatment for substance abuse. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatments, 8(4), 185-190

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dipali_Rinker

POSTDOC

Chelsie M. Young

Chelsie Young

Background:
B.A., Psychology, Eastern Illinois University, 2010
M.A., Experimental Psychology, College of William and Mary, 2013
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Houston, 2016

Research Interests:

  • Developing empirically-supported strategies incorporating personalized normative feedback, motivational interviewing, and expressive writing to facilitate behavior change
  • Examining mechanisms of action for behavior change such as the self-conscious emotions of guilt and shame, cognitive processing, and perceptions and norms to gain insight into how such behavior change strategies work and which components are most effective
  • Exploring individual difference factors such as shyness, culture, drinking motives, and defensiveness as moderators of behavior change to better understand for whom such strategies are best suited

Forestell, C. A., Dickter, C. L., & Young, C. M. (2012). Take me away: The relationship between escape drinking and attentional bias for alcohol-related cues. Alcohol, 46 (6), 543-549. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.12.05.001

Forestell, C. A., Dickter, C. L., Wright, J. D., & Young, C. M. (2011). Clearing the smoke: Parental influences on non-smokers' attentional biases to smoking-related cues. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1037/a0025096

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chelsie_Young

Lab Coordinator

Maigen Pham

Maigen Pham

Background:

  • B.A., Psychology, University of Houston (2011)
  • M.S., Counseling, University of Houston-Clear Lake (2016)
  • Minor in Sociology

Maigen Pham (formerly Agana) is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern and Lab Coordinator for the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab. She started working in the lab as an undergraduate research assistant in summer 2011, and was offered a full-time research coordinator position after graduating in 2012. As a research coordinator, Maigen assisted in recruitment and data management for several projects related to drinking, gambling, and other addictive behaviors. She left the lab in 2013 to pursue her M.S. in counseling at UHCL, and has recently returned to assist in current projects.

Publications/Presentations

Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L.M., Rinker, D.V., Gonzales, R.G., Agana, M., Tackett, J.L., Foster, & D.W. 2015. Efficacy of personalized normative feedback as a brief intervention for college student gambling: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(3), 500-511. doi:10.1037/a0039125.

Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L., M., Rinker, D. V., Agana, M., & Gonzalez, R. (2013). Personalized normative feedback for reducing problem gambling among college students. Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Foster, D. W., Neighbors, C., Agana, M., Bliss, L., & Pai, A. (2012). Compatible pairings in alcohol IAT's: A D-score alternative to predict alcohol use. Poster presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Neighbors, C., Foster, D. W., Gonzales, R., Agana, M., & Rinker, D. (2012). Racial and ethnic differences in problem gambling among college students. Poster presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Center for Responsible Gambling, Las Vegas, NV.

Current Graduate Students

Heather Krieger

Heather Krieger

Background:
B.A. from the University of Michigan (2011)

Research Interests:
Heather Krieger is in her second year of the social psychology doctoral program.  She graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in psychology in 2011.  Prior to attending graduate school at the University of Houston, she worked full time as a research assistant in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.  Her current research interests relate to understanding environmental, social, and decisional influences on risky health behaviors. Specifically, Heather is conducting research examining prescription medication compliance and alcohol consumption, the bystander effect and alcohol poisoning, and roommate interactions and behavior transfer.  She is currently collecting data for her Master’s Thesis entitled, “Can you see the writing on the…Body Vandalism: Attitudes and Consequences.”

No information is available at this time.

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Heather_Krieger

Mary M. Tomkins

Mary M Tomkins

Background
B.S. Psychology, Abilene Christian University
M.S. Psychology, Abilene Christian University
Email: mtomkins@uh.edu

Research Interests:
Mary Tomkins is a fourth-year doctoral student in the social psychology program at the University of Houston. Her research is primarily focused on religiousness, specifically how it is related to alcohol use and how it can be incorporated into brief alcohol interventions. She is also currently working on projects related to the effects and buffers of ostracism, social-belongingness interventions, and the ways in which religion can be healthy or unhealthy.

No information is available at this time.

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mary_Tomkins

Amber Anthenien

Amber Anthenien

Background
B.S., Psychology, Portland State University
M.S., Applied Social and Health Psychology, Colorado State University

Research Interests:
Individual differences in impulsivity, sensation-seeking, and self-regulation as predictors of adolescent and college student alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors. Social norms approach to prevention; mediators and moderators of intervention effectiveness.

No information is available at this time.

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amber_Anthenien

Lorra Garey

Angelo DiBello

Background
B.A., Psychology, University of Texas
M. A., Clinical Psychology, University of Houston

Research Interests: Lorra Garey is a third-year doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at the University of Houston. She completed her B.A. in psychology at The University of Texas in 2009. Her primary research interests focus on elucidating and attenuating health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations by examining the interplay between substance use and psychological vulnerabilities and addressing malleable risk factors, including smoking, in the context of transdiagnostic interventions. Within this model, Lorra is particularly interested in the efficacy of brief, personalized feedback interventions to reduce tobacco use, alcohol use, and symptoms related to anxiety and depression among smokers with co-occurring psychopathology and tobacco dependence. Lorra is the recipient of a pre-doctoral National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

No information is available at this time.

Jordanna Lembo

Jordanna Lembo

Background:
B.A. from Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests:
Examining the environmental cues (e.g., context, the presence and/or type of alcohol, dress cues) that influence individuals' interpretations of sexual interest and consent. 

No information is available at this time.

Joanne Angosta

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Background:
B.A. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Research Interests:
Cultural influences on risky health behaviors and interventions.

No information is available at this time.