We are excited to introduce our Student of the Month for April 2016!
Student: Chelsie Young
Mentor: Dr. Clayton Neighbors
University of Houston
Summary of Research: I am broadly interested in social, affective, and cognitive influences on alcohol use and their applications to the development of empirically supported innovative intervention approaches for facilitating behavior change. Specifically, I am interested in identifying individual difference factors such as shame- and guilt-proneness, drinking identity, and motives for drinking, especially coping motives, that may contribute to hazardous drinking among college students. My research also focuses on interventions utilizing personalized normative feedback (PNF) and expressive writing to promote health and well-being and reduce problematic drinking. My dissertation sought to potentially improve PNF efficacy by increasing cognitive processing of the information and decreasing any defensiveness or reactance by adding a writing component. My findings provide preliminary support for my hypotheses such that participants who received personalized normative feedback and were asked to write about their reactions to the feedback reported significantly fewer alcohol-related problems at one-month follow-up. I am also particularly interested in understanding mechanisms of action related to intervention efficacy. For example, my colleagues and I recently found that PNF might work differently based on individual difference factors such as coping drinking motives. I look forward to continuing this line of research in the future to better understand why these interventions are effective and for whom they are most beneficial.
1. Young, C. M., Neighbors, C., DiBello, A. M., Sharp, C., Zvolensky, M. J., & Lewis, M. A. (in press). Coping motives moderate efficacy of personalized normative feedback among heavy drinking U.S. college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
2.Young, C. M., Neighbors, C., DiBello, A. M., Tomkins, M., & Traylor, Z. K. (in press). Shame and guilt proneness as mediators of the association between general causality orientations and depressive symptoms. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
3.Young, C. M., DiBello, A. M., Steers, M-L. N., Quist, M. C., Foster, D. W., Bryan, J. L., & Neighbors, C. (2016). I like people who drink like me: Perceived appeal as a function of drinking status. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 125-131. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.10.003
4.Young, C. M., DiBello, A. M., Traylor, Z. K., Zvolensky, M. J., & Neighbors. C. (2015). A longitudinal examination of the associations between shyness, drinking motives, alcohol use, and alcohol-related problems. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39,1749-1755. doi:10.1111/acer.12799
5.Young, C. M., Rodriguez, L. M., & Neighbors, C. (2013). Expressive writing as a brief intervention for reducing drinking intentions. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2913-2917. PMCID: PMC3864107. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.08.025