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Dipali Venkataraman Rinker Ph.D.

Dipali Rinker

Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health

Heyne Building, Room 220C
dvrinker [at] uh [dot] edu

Biographical Summary

Dr. Dipali Rinker's work focuses on social and motivational influences on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of high-risk health behaviors among college students and young adults. Dr. Dipali Rinker is more specifically interested in how social networks influence these behaviors. Outcomes of interest include hazardous alcohol use, substance abuse, and problem gambling. Support for this research has been provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Center for Responsible Gaming, as well as internal grants from the University of Houston.


  • Ph.D. University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health
  • M.A. University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • B.A. Trinity University

Research Interests

  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Problem gambling
  • Social norms and their application to prevention and brief intervention
  • Social networks and their impact on health behaviors

Prospective Graduate Students

Rinker, D.V., Rodriguez, L.M., Krieger, H., Tackett, J.L., & Neighbors, C. (in-press). Racial and ethnic differences in problem gambling among college students. Journal of Gambling Studies.

Rinker, D.V. & Neighbors, C. (in press). Latent class analysis of DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorder criteria among heavy-drinking college students. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Rinker, D.V., Walters, S.T., Wyatt, T.M., & DeJong, W. (in press). Do incoming first-year college students who think of themselves as adults drink more responsibly after starting college? Emerging Adulthood.

Rodriguez, L. M., Neighbors, C., Rinker, D. V., Lewis, M. A., Lazorwitz, B., Gonzales, R. G., & Larimer, M. E. (in press). Remote vs. in-person computer-delivered personalized normative feedback interventions for college student drinking. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

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

Tackett, J.L., Rodriguez, L.M., Rinker, D.V., & Neighbors, C. (2014). A personality-based latent class analysis of emerging adult gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-15 .doi: 10.1007/s10899-014-9500-3

Rodriguez, L.M., Neighbors, C., Rinker, D.V., & Tackett, J.L. (2014). Motivational profiles of gambling behavior: self-determination theory, gambling motives, and gambling behavior. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-19. doi: 10.1007/s10899-014-9497-7

Neighbors, C., Rodriguez, L. M., Rinker, D.V., DiBello, A.M., Young, C., & Chen, C. (2014). Drinking games and contextual factors of 21st birthday drinking. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 40, 380-387. doi:10.3109/00952990.2014.918623

Rinker, D. V. & Neighbors, C. (2014). Do different types of social identity moderate the association between perceived descriptive norms and drinking among college students? Addictive Behaviors, 39(9), 1297-1303. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.03.018

Rinker, D.V. & Neighbors, C. (2013). Social influence on temptation: perceived descriptive norms, temptation and restraint, and problem drinking among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 38(12), 2918-2923. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.08.027.

Rinker, D.V. & Neighbors, C. (2013). Reasons for not drinking and perceived injunctive norms as predictors of alcohol abstinence among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 38(7), 2261-2265. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.02.011.

Nguyen, N., Walters, S.T., Rinker, D.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. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.01.035.

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. doi: 10.1097/ADT.0b013e31818e4aaa