Early Career Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Merrill

Congratulations to Jennifer Merrill for receiving our first quarterly Early Career Faculty Spotlight!

faculty Jennifer Merrill

Jennifer Merrill received her PhD from the University at Buffalo in 2012. She is currently an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She has primarily focused on investigating the etiology and consequences of alcohol misuse among young adults, with a particular interest in the subjective evaluation of alcohol-related consequences. She received a K01 career development award from NIAAA to examine the impact that event-level alcohol-related consequences and their subjective evaluations have on subsequent drinking decisions among heavy drinking college students. In addition, she has a growing interest in mobile-health interventions, and will soon run a pilot study to deliver accurate descriptive and injunctive norms information to college student drinkers, via text messaging, in hopes of impacting their drinking attitudes and behaviors. She has current interests in qualitative methods, ecological momentary assessment, advanced data analysis, and intervention development.

Representative Publications:
1. Merrill, J.E., Read, J.P., & Barnett, N.P. (2013). The way one thinks affects the way one drinks: Subjective evaluations of alcohol consequences as predictors of subsequent change in drinking behavior. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 42-51.

2. Merrill, J.E., Wardell, J.D., & Read, J.P.  (2014). Drinking motives as prospective predictors of unique alcohol-related consequences in college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 93-102. PMC3893636

3. Merrill, J.E., Wardell, J.D., & Read, J.P. (2015). Is readiness to change drinking related to reductions in alcohol use and consequences? A week-to-week analysis. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76, 790-798.

4. Merrill, J.E., & Carey, K.B. (2016). Drinking over the lifespan: Focus on college ages.Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 38.

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