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My research focuses on uncovering why adolescents and young adults engage in health-risk behavior and how this knowledge can be used to identify protective and risk factors as well as prevent risk. My scholarly interests focus on advancing the understanding of the dual processing nature of decisions to engage in health-risk behaviors and inform theoretically sound and efficacious alcohol use and related risky sexual behavior interventions among adolescents and young adults. Alcohol use and concomitant risky sexual behavior are public health concerns that often initiate during adolescence. For many adolescents and young adults, when they begin drinking, they do so in an extreme fashion, with frequent heavy-episodic drinking episodes. What factors place some individuals at greater risk for negative consequences than others? How can we use our knowledge of risk and protective factors in interventions to reduce harm? These are precisely the type of questions my research seeks to answer.
My research connects with my value to conduct research that has potential to make a significant impact on public health. I value research and policy that aims to expand prevention and intervention to adolescents and young adults. Our health services need to meet the needs of young adults and incorporate technology to bring preventative interventions to adolescents and young adults, with potential for significant impact on public health. My program of research has been funded by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and the Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Health and Social Psychology, North Dakota State University

MS in Psychology, Montana State University

BS in Psychology, Montana State University

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Research Output 2004 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Alcohol-specific social comparison as a moderator of the norms-behavior association for young adult alcohol use

Litt, D. M., Waldron, K. A., Wallace, E. C. & Lewis, M. A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Addictive Behaviors. 90, p. 92-98 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Moderators
Young Adult
Alcohols
Research
Alcohol Drinking
1 Citation (Scopus)

Personalized normative feedback for heavy drinking: An application of deviance regulation theory

Neighbors, C., DiBello, A. M., Young, C. M., Steers, M. L. N., Rinker, D. V., Rodriguez, L. M., Ryamond Knee, C., Blanton, H. & Lewis, M. A., 1 Apr 2019, In : Behaviour Research and Therapy. 115, p. 73-82 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Drinking Behavior
Drinking
Health Behavior
Alcohol Drinking
Randomized Controlled Trials

Protective Behavioral Strategies Scale-20: Psychometric properties of a French and German version among young males in Switzerland

Grazioli, V. S., Studer, J., Larimer, M. E., Lewis, M. A., Marmet, S., Lemoine, M., Daeppen, J. B. & Gmel, G., 1 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. e1777.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Switzerland
Psychometrics
Linguistics
Research
Statistical Factor Analysis

#drunktwitter: Examining the relations between alcohol-related Twitter content and alcohol willingness and use among underage young adults

Litt, D. M., Lewis, M. A., Spiro, E. S., Aulck, L., Waldron, K. A., Head-Corliss, M. K. & Swanson, A., 1 Dec 2018, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 193, p. 75-82 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Young Adult
Alcohols
Cognition
Public Health Surveillance
Social Networking

Alcohol Motivations and Behaviors During Months Young Adults Experience Social Role Transitions: Microtransitions in Early Adulthood

Patrick, M. E., Rhew, I. C., Lewis, M. A., Abdallah, D. A., Larimer, M. E., Schulenberg, J. E. & Lee, C. M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 32, 8, p. 895-903 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Drinking
Motivation
Young Adult
Alcohols
Social Conformity