Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lindsey M. Rodriguez

Dr. Lindsey M. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2014 after working with Dr. Clayton Neighbors. Her program of research—grounded in applied experimental social psychology—evaluates with a multimethod approach how health-related risk-behavior (e.g., heavy alcohol use, gambling) and interpersonal relationship processes (e.g., perceptions, social control, jealousy, intimate partner violence) interact to influence physical, emotional, and relational outcomes for individuals and their relationship partners. Funding for this research has been provided by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the University of South Florida.

Her research program includes three components: (1) development and evaluation of brief interventions for heavy drinking individuals (e.g., college students, married couples in the community, military personnel), (2) situational, contextual, and interpersonal factors affecting heavy drinking in emerging adults (including social network analysis), and (3) identifying determinants of the bidirectional association between heavy drinking and relationship functioning. Recent projects involve expressive writing (to reduce heavy drinking as well as resolve interpersonal conflict), social norms, social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), and how each of these elements impact various aspects of close relationships.

At USFSP, Dr. Rodriguez is the Director of the Healthy Emotions and Relationship Theories (HEART) Laboratory, the mission of which is to conduct cutting-edge research that will ultimately be used to design, develop, and evaluate empirically-based interventions to help individuals and their partners struggling with addictive behaviors or other relationship-related stressors. Dr. Rodriguez teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in social psychology, health psychology, close relationships, and statistics (e.g., Regression, ANOVA, Dyadic Data Analysis, Advanced Statistics). Finally, Dr. Rodriguez has contributed significantly to the literature with over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as presentations at professional conferences and popular media coverage. She also serves as an Action Editor at Addiction Research and Theory.

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