Early Career Faculty Spotlight: Dana Litt

Introducing our Early Career Spotlight: Dana Litt!

Dana Litt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Health Behavior and Health Systems
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dana Litt joined the faculty at the University of North Texas Health Science Center this year, after 5 years as a faculty member at the University of Washington. She holds a doctorate in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University and completed a NIAAA T32 supported postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington’s Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors.  Dr. Litt also recently completed a K99/R00 career development award from NIAAA to develop and test an in-person personalized feedback intervention based on the Prototype Willingness Model to reduce alcohol use among underage young adult drinkers.

Dr. Litt’s research interests focus on understanding the social and environmental factors that influence health risk behavior decision-making in adolescents and young adults. She plans to use her work to inform efficacious intervention and treatment programs for substance use and related risk behaviors. Some of her current projects include identifying and addressing socially-based risk and protective factors including factors include social images, social comparison, and perceptions of social norms, particularly in regards to social networking sites. She is currently the PI on a NIAAA R21 experimentally studying the impact of drinking norms on social networking sites on adolescent alcohol consumption.

Representative publications:

Litt, D. M., & Lewis, M. A. (2016). Examining a social reaction model in the prediction of adolescent alcohol use.  Addictive Behaviors, 60, 160-164.

Litt, D. M., Stock, M. L., & Gibbons, F. X. (2015). Adolescent substance use: Social comparison orientation moderates the impact of friend and sibling behavior. British Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 514-533.

Litt, D. M., & Lewis, M.A. (2015). Examining the role of abstainer prototype favorability as a mediator of the abstainer norms-drinking behavior relationship. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 467-472.

Litt, D. M., Lewis, M.A., Patrick, M., Rodriguez, L., Neighbors, C., & Kaysen, D. (2014). Spring break versus spring broken: Predictive utility of spring beak alcohol intentions and willingness at varying levels of extremity. Prevention Science, 15, 85-93.

Litt, D. M., & Stock, M. L. (2011). Adolescent alcohol-related risk cognitions: The roles of social norms and social networking sites. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 708-713.

Graduate Students: 

Dr. Litt will be actively accepting applications for graduate students for the 2018-2019 year and the 2019-2020.

Congratulations, Dana!

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