Chelsie Young, Ph.D.

Chelsie Young, Ph.D.

Chelsie Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Chelsie Young, Ph.D.

Contact Info
Robinson Hall 116F



BA (Psychology), Eastern Illinois University
MA (Experimental Psychology), College of William and Mary
PhD (Social Psychology), University of Houston
Post-doctoral research fellowship, University of Houston

Research Expertise:
Applied Social Psychology |Health Behaviors | Brief Interventions| Alcohol

My research program aims to identify factors related to social, emotional, and cognitive processes that are associated with behavior change to identify future targets for brief intervention and to better understand for whom particular interventions are best suited.  My work focuses on the development and evaluation of empirically-supported intervention strategies incorporating personalized normative feedback, motivational interviewing, and expressive writing to facilitate behavior change. To examine behavior change, I employ a mix of quantitative (e.g., GEE, generalized linear models, moderated mediation, structural equation modeling) and qualitative (e.g., focus groups, content coding, LIWC2015) research methods as a means of constructing a more nuanced understanding of who, how, and why individuals choose to engage in a variety of health behaviors as well as how and why behavior change occurs.

Honors and Awards:      
Junior Faculty Travel Grant, Rowan University
Postdoctoral Travel Award, University of Houston
ABCT Addictive Behaviors Student of the Month, April
SPSP Graduate Student Travel Award Winner
APA Convention Division 50 Travel Award

Member of:      
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)
Society of Addiction Psychology (APA Division 50)
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Recent Academic Projects:
Some projects that I’m currently working on are investigating: 1) biopsychosocial factors that influence and explain the positive association between alcohol use and physical activity; 2) norms and attitudes surrounding health risk behaviors among college students and their applicability to prevention and intervention efforts; 3) event-specific alcohol use and consequences for heavy drinking occasions such as Mardi Gras, Halloween, homecoming, etc.; and 4) analysis of qualitative data to inform interventions.

Recent Publications:
Young, C. M. & Neighbors, C. (2019). Incorporating writing into a personalized normative feedback intervention to reduce problem drinking among college students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Buckner, J. D., Neighbors, C., Dienst, K. W., & Young, C. M. (2019). Online personalized normative feedback intervention to reduce event-specific drinking during Mardi Gras. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Neighbors, C., DiBello, A. M., Young, C. M., Steers, M.-L. N., Rinker, D. V., Rodriguez, L. M., Blanton, H., & Lewis, M. A. (2018). Personalized normative feedback for heavy drinking: An application of Deviance Regulation Theory. Behavior Research and Therapy.

Krieger, H., Young, C. M., Anthenien, A., & Neighbors, C. (2018). The epidemiology of binge drinking among college-age individuals in the United States. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 39(1), 23-30.

Young, C. M., Pedersen, E. R., Pearson, A. D., & Neighbors, C. (2018). Drinking to cope moderates the efficacy of changing Veteran drinking norms as a strategy for reducing drinking and alcohol-related problems among U.S. Veterans. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32, 213-223. doi: 10.1037/adb0000347