Dr. Elizabeth Weybright

Elizabeth Weybright

Assistant Professor


Johnson Tower 512, Pullman

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
  • M.S. Department of Recreation and Park Administration, Indiana University, 2005
  • B.S. Department of Recreation and Park Administration, Indiana University, 2003
Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Washington State University

Statewide Adolescent Extension Specialist, Washington State University

Visiting Faculty, Indiana University

NIDA Prevention and Methodology Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Courses Taught
  • HD 408 Advanced Adolescent Development
  • HD 308 Adult Development and Aging
Areas of Emphasis
  • Adolescent development
  • Leisure and free time use
  • Substance use
  • Prevention science
Research Interests

Leisure provides a unique context associated with both adolescent risk behavior and healthy development. Grounded in a prevention science and positive youth development framework, my research broadly focuses on how leisure behavior and experience (e.g., healthy leisure, boredom, sensation seeking) is associated with adolescent substance use. Conceptually, my research (1) examines how leisure-related processes may serve as risk or protective factors associated with substance use, (2) identifies socio-ecological moderators of these associations, and (3) uses findings to further inform and evaluate prevention efforts and initiatives targeting adolescent health behavior.

Current Funding
  • Adapting a Substance Use Prevention Program for Dropout Youth in South Africa’s Western Cape. WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program. $29,972. PI: Weybright. (1/1/18-6/30/19)
  • Choices 4-Health presented by Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!). National 4-H Council and Walmart Foundation. $41,000. PI: Weybright & Deen. (9/1/17-7/31/18)
  • 4-H Food Smart Families presented by Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!). National 4-H Council and United Healthcare. $33,000. PI: Weybright & Deen. (6/1/17-5/31/19)
Recent Publications

Weybright, E. H., Martinez, A. D., Varrella, G., & Deen, M. K. (accepted). “I can’t go anywhere without wanting to look at food labels.” The impact of teens teaching a nutrition education program on healthy adolescent behaviors [Special Issue]. Journal of Youth Development.

Cooper, B. R., Weybright, E. H., Hill, L. G., Bumpus, M., & Agley, J. (2017). Exploring alcohol use motivations in under-age college students: Contributions of a person-centered analytic approach. Emerging Adulthood. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/2167696817741030

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Xie, J., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. A. (2017). Predicting secondary school dropout among South African adolescents: A survival analysis approach. South African Journal of Education, 37(2), 1-11. doi: 10.15700/saje.v37n2a1353

White, A., Scanga, L., & Weybright, E. (2017). Connecting the dots: Positive youth development framework and the Essential Elements of 4-H (FS261E). Washington State University Extension. Retrieved from http://extension.wsu.edu/publications/pubs/fs261e/

Weybright, E. H., Trauntvein, N., & Deen, M. K. (2017). “It was like we were all equal”: Maximizing youth development using youth-adult partnerships [Special Issue]. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 35(1), 5-19. doi:10.18666/JPRA-2017-V35-I1-7246

Xie, H., Caldwell, L. L., Graham, J.W., Weybright, E. H., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. A. (2017). Parental control, restructuring ability, and leisure motivation: A cross-cultural comparison. Leisure Sciences, 39(4), 319-335. doi:10.1080/01490400.2016.1194790

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., Smith, E. A., & Jacobs, J. J. (2016). The state of methamphetamine (‘Tik’) use among youth in Western Cape, South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 106(11), 1125-1128. doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i11.10814 PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process

Weybright, E. H., Hrncirik, L., White, A., Cummins, M., Deen, M. K., & Calodich, S. (2016). “I felt really respected and I know she felt respected too”: Using youth-adult partnerships to promote positive youth development in 4-H youth. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 4(3), 93-110.

Beckmeyer, J., & Weybright, E. H. (2016). Perceptions of alcohol use by friends compared to peers: Associations with middle adolescents’ own alcohol use. Substance Abuse, 37(3), 435-440. doi:10.1080/08897077.2015.1134754 PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process

Weybright, E. H., Cooper, B. R., Beckmeyer, J., Bumpus, M., Hill, L. G., & Agley, J. (2016). Moving beyond drinking to have a good time: A person-centered approach to identifying reason typologies in legal-aged college student drinkers. Prevention Science, 17(6), 679-688. doi:10.1007/s11121-016-0658-z

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Wegner, L. (2016). Trajectories of adolescent substance use development and the influence of healthy leisure: A growth mixture modeling approach. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 158-169. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.03.012 PMCID: PMC4861680

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Wegner, L. (2015). Boredom prone or nothing to do? Distinguishing between trait and state leisure boredom and its association with substance use in South African adolescents. Leisure Sciences, 37(4), 311-331. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2015.1014530 PMCID: PMC4465374

Wallace, M., Weybright, E., Rohner, B., & Crawford, J. (2015). Parental over-involvement and competition in youth development programs (FS179E). Pullman, WA: WSU Extension. Retrieved from: http://hdl.handle.net/2376/5354

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Jacobs, J. (2014). The dynamic association between healthy leisure and substance use in South African adolescents: A state and trait perspective [Special issue]. World Leisure Journal, 56(2), 99-109. doi: 10.1080/16078055.2014.903726 PMCID: PMC4059549

Miller, J., Caldwell, L. L., Weybright, E. H., Smith, E. A., Vergnani, T., & Wegner, L. (2014). Was Bob Seger right? Relation between free time boredom and [risky] sex. Leisure Sciences, 36(1), 52-67. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2014.860789 PMCID: PMC4326014