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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, 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.

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

Associated Faculty

Lindsey Rodriguez

Lindsey Rodriguez

B.S., Psychology, University of Florida (2008)
M.A., Social Psychology, University of Houston (2010)
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Houston (2014)
Minor in Quantitative Design and Analysis

Reasearch Interests:
My research interests include using advanced methodological and statistical techniques to develop a comprehensive understanding of how problematic alcohol use and interpersonal relationship processes interact to influence various physical, emotional, and relational outcomes for individuals and their relationship partners. Much of this stems from a background in health psychology, addictive behaviors, close relationships, social norms and related theories, interpersonal perception, and intimate partner violence (IPV).

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Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Rodriguez, L. M., Neighbors, C., & Knee, C. R. (in press). Problematic alcohol use and marital distress: An interdependence theory perspective. Addiction Research and Theory. doi: 10.3109/16066359.2013.841890
  • Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L. M., Rinker, D. V., DiBello, A. M., Young, C. M., & Chen, C. (in press). Drinking games and contextual factors of 21st birthday drinking. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
  • Neighbors, C., Walker, D., Rodriguez, L. M., Walton, T., Mbilinyi, L., Kaysen, D., & Roffman, R. (in press). Normative misperceptions of alcohol use among substance abusing military personnel. Military Behavioral Health.
  • Rodriguez, L. M., Neighbors, C., & Foster, D. W. (2014). Priming effects of self-reported drinking and religiosity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 1-9. doi: 10.1037/a0031828. [PMCID: 3795945]
  • Rodriguez, L. M., Knee, C. R., & Neighbors, C. (2014). Relationships can drive some to drink: Relationship-contingent self-esteem moderates the relationship between relationship satisfaction and problem drinking. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 270-290.doi: 10.1177/0265407513494037
  • DiBello, A. M., Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L. M., & Lindgren, K. (2014). Coping with jealousy: The association between maladaptive aspects of jealousy and drinking problems are mediated by drinking to cope. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 94-100. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.08.032. [PMCID: 3884568]
  • Rodriguez, L. M., DiBello, A. M., & Neighbors, C. (2013). Perceptions of partner drinking problems, regulation strategies, and relationship outcomes. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2949-2957. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.08.028. [PMCID: 3814025]
  • Knee, C. R., Hadden, B. W., Porter, B., & Rodriguez, L. M. (2013). Putting the self into the relationship: Self-determination theory and romantic relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 307-324. doi: 10.1177/1088868313498000
  • Rodriguez, L. M., Øverup, C. S., & Neighbors, C. (2013). Perceptions of partners' drinking problem affect relationship outcomes beyond partner self-reported drinking: Alcohol use in committed romantic relationships. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 627-638. doi: 10.1037/a0031737. [PMCID: 3783647]
  • Young, C. M., Rodriguez, L. M., & Neighbors, C. (2013). Expressive writing as a brief intervention for reducing drinking intentions. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2913-2917. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.08.025. [PMCID: 3964107]
  • Neighbors, C., Brown, G., DiBello, A. M., Rodriguez, L. M., & Foster, D. W. (2013). Reliance on God, prayer, and religion reduces peer influences on drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 361-368. [PMID: 23490564]
  • Litt, D. M., Lewis, M. A., Patrick, M., Rodriguez, L. M., Neighbors, C., & Kaysen, D. (2013). Spring Break or spring broken: Predicting extreme Spring Break drinking from intentions and willingness. Prevention Science. doi: 10.1007/s11121-012-0355-5. [PMCID: 23404667]
  • Foster, D. W., Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L. M., Lazorwitz, B., & Gonzales, R. (2012). Self-identification as a moderator of the relationship between gambling-related perceived norms and gambling behavior. Journal of Gambling Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10899-012-9346-5. [PMCID: 23143706]
  • Neighbors, C., Atkins, D. C., Lewis, M. A., Lee, C. M., Kaysen, D., Mittmann, A., Fossos, N., & Rodriguez, L. M. (2011). Event specific drinking among college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 702-707. doi: 10.1037/a0024051
  • Walker, D. D., Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L. M., Roffman, R. A., & Stephens, R. S. (2011). Social norms and self-efficacy among heavy using adolescent marijuana smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 727-732. doi: 10.1037/a0024958

Book Chapters and Other Publications

  • Knee, C. R., Porter, B., & Rodriguez, L. M. (2014). Self-determination theory and conflict resolution in romantic relationships. In N. Weinstein (Ed.), Integrating Human Motivation and Interpersonal Relationships: Theory, Research, and Applications (pp. 139-158). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-8542-6_7,
  • Rodriguez, L. M., DiBello, A. M., Young, C. M., & Neighbors, C. (2013). Alcohol and romance: A love/hate relationship. The Addictions Newsletter, 20, 14-16.
  • Neighbors, C., Lindgren, K. P., Rodriguez, L. M., Tidwell, J., & Zvorsky, I., (2013). Cognitive factors in addictive processes. In: Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders. Elsevier Inc., San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 259–269.
  • Foster, D. W., Rodriguez, L. M., Neighbors, C., DiBello, A. M., & Chen, C. (2011). The magic number 21: Transitions in drinking. The Addictions Newsletter, 18, 17-19.
  • Rodriguez, L. M., & Knee, C. R. (2011). Love, Liking, and Lupus: House and Relationships. In L. Martin & E. Cascio (Eds.), House and Psychology. New York: Wiley, pp. 56-76.


Ezekiel Hamor

Ezekiel Hamor

- B.S., Psychology, University of Houston (2012)

Personal Info::
Currently, I’m in the process of applying to graduate school. I was born in the Philippines, but I was raised in Houston. In my spare time, I like to watch Houston sports teams.

Jessica M. Jerabeck

Jessica Jerabeck

I recieved my BA in Psychology (minor in German) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and my MS degree in Psychology from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX. My Master's thesis was an experimental study examining the influence of solitary and cooperative video gameplay on subsequent aggressive and prosocial behavior.

Research Interests:
Effects of competitive and cooperative social contexts on aggression & violence
Rebellion and conformity to self and/or society - influence on substance use and abuse
How self-acceptance influences others' self-perceptions
Psychological Escapism

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Jerabeck, J. M., & Ferguson, C. J. (2013). The influence of solitary and cooperative violent video game play on aggressive and prosocial behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2573-2578.

Ferguson, C. J., Garza, A., Jerabeck, J., Ramos, R., & Galindo, M. (2013). Not worth the fuss after all? Cross-sectional and prospective data on violent video game influences on aggression, visuospatial cognition and mathematics ability in a sample of youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(1), 109-122.

Ferguson, C. J., San Miguel, C., Garza, A., & Jerabeck, J. M. (2012). A longitudinal test of video game violence influences on dating and aggression: A 3-year longitudinal study of adolescents. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(2), 141-146.

Jerabeck, J. M. Effects of violent video games on prosocial behavior. Presented at the 2012 Annual Lamar Bruni-Vergara Academic Conference. Laredo, TX, 2012.

Jerabeck J.M. The Public and the Private Realms in Arendt’s The Human Condition. Critical Assessment of the Writings of Hannah Arendt. Dresden: Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism at the Technical University in Dresden (HAIT), 2006.

Poland, A. & Jerabeck, J. Small group discussion in the large classroom environment. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Research and Pictorial Showcase , 2013.

Dipali Rinker

Dipali Rinker

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 3 year-old daughter and an 8-month-old son who keep me busy!

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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

Current Graduate Students

Chun-Han Chen

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B.S. National Taiwan University, Psychology 2006
M.A. University of Nebraska at Omaha, Social Psychology 2009

Research Interests:
Persuasion and Healthy Behavior
Social Identity and Crowd Behavior
Religious Affiliation
Sports and Psychology

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Angelo M. DiBello

Angelo DiBello

Research Interests: Interplay between substance use and romantic relationships, jealousy and alcohol consumption, the interplay among alcohol use, jealousy, and aggression within romantic relationships. Addictive behaviors among college students, alcohol related sexuality. Substance use and its role in intimate partner violence.

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Neighbors, C., Lindgren, K. P., Knee, C. R., Fossos, N., & DiBello, A. (2010). Confidence in Attitudes and Perceived Approval Moderate the Link between Social Norms and Alcohol Consumption. Manuscript under review.

Lindgren, K. P., Neighbors, C., George, W. H., Shoda, Y. & DiBello, A. M. (2009) Individual Differences in Self-Consciousness and Social Anxiety Predict Experiences of an Instant Messaging Session. Manuscript under review.


Neighbors, C., Lindgren, K.P., DiBello, A., Jensen, M., & Kurz, A. (2010, Janurary). Sex and confidence as moderators of the associations among one’s own approval, perceived peer approval, and alcohol consumption. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

Lindgren, K.P., Neighbors, C., & DiBello, A. (2009, November). Injunctive Norms, Confidence, & Drinking: It’s about more than whether your friends approve. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Lindgren, K.P., Hendershot, C.S., Blayney, J.A., DiBello, A., & Henry, S. (2009, June). Automatic alcohol-related cognitions predict alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems in an Asian-American college sample. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA.

Dinces, S., Bodary, J., DiBello, A., Ferguson, T. R., Ferguson, T., French, K., Skurka, D., Chan, C. L., Kenealy, E., Jones, C., Tomarchio, A., Weiss, J., Felicio, L., Baranova, A., Kinsley, C. H. (2009, April). Maximizing the behavior, neurobiology and physiology of the maternal female: The more things change, the more we discover they're designed to. Poster presented at the Arts and Sciences Symposium at the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.

Worthington, D., DiBello, A., & Tomarchio, A. (2009). Attentive mothers vs. neglectful mothers: Development of new neurons in the rat hippocampus active by pup exposure. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Virginia Commonwealth University Women’s Health Research Day, Richmond, VA.

Heather Krieger

Heather Krieger

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.”

Chelsie M. Young

Chelsie Young

From Salem, Illinois
B.A. from Eastern Illinois University
M.A. from College of William and Mary

Research Interests:
Attentional, affective, and motivational influences on substance use and abuse.

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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