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Adolescent Health Promotion Lab

The Adolescent Health Promotion Lab is overseen by Dr. Elizabeth Weybright, and includes undergraduate Human Development and graduate Prevention Science students. Recognizing adolescence as a critical period of biological, cognitive, and social development, we seek to promote health and prevention risk behavior within out of school time contexts. Using a prevention science framework we work to identify what contributes to healthy adolescent development and use this information to develop and/or refine preventive interventions that promote the health of adolescents and emerging adults.

 

Research Projects, Programs, and Opportunities

Recent News

September 2022 – CROP+TR receives additional funding!

Co-directors Dr. Weybright and Dr. Michael McDonell have received continued funding for the Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. https://www.croptr.org/

This new $1.3 million dollars in funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will expand CROP+TR’s work to serve the entire SAMSHA Region 10 including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Our team is also expanding to include Dr. Allison Myers from Oregon State University.


 

August 2022 – New articles on boredom and COVID-19 out!

Dr. Weybright and colleagues, Drs. Sammy Perone and Alana Anderson and graduate students Erica Doering and Claire McMeen have co-authored two new papers on boredom and COVID-19. See more details below and links to the full articles.

  • Anderson, A. J., *McMeen, C. E., Perone, S., & Weybright, E. H. (2022). Sound and silence: The effects of environmental conditions on state boredom [Special Issue]. Behavioral Sciences, 12(8), 282. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs12080282

  • Weybright, E. H., Doering E. L., & Perone, S. (2022). Difficulties with emotion regulation during COVID-19 and associations with boredom in college students [Special Issue]. Behavioral Sciences, 12(8), 296. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs12080296

 

May 2022 – Dr. Weybright, students, and staff were represented at SPR!

Dr. Weybright, graduate students Erica Doering, Elizabeth Purser, and Anaderi Iniguez, and research coordinators Kate Hampilos and Kelley Pascoe are involved with the below presentations at this year’s Society for Prevention Research Conference.

  • Poster: South African Students’ Perceptions of Healthy and Unhealthy Leisure
    • Co-Authors: Lisa Wegner, PhD, Professor, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, Makhaya Malema, Masters, Lecturer, University Of The Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa, Claudia Wegner, BSc, Masters student, University Of The Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa, Elizabeth Weybright, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA and Linda Lee Caldwell, PhD, Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Dr. Weybright in front of a conference poster.
Dr. Weybright in front of the conference poster.
  • Presentation: Shifting the Conversation from Obesity Prevention to Weight Inclusive Health Promotion
    • Co-Authors: Alexandra Jackson, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State University, Seattle, WA, Jane Lanigan, PhD, Professor, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA and Anaderi Iniguez, BA, Graduate Student, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Poster: Suicide Prevention and Postvention for Vulnerable Communities in Washington State: Results and Policy Implications from Two Literature Reviews
    • Co-authors: Jordan A. Newburg, MA, Elizabeth Purser, BA, Brittany Cooper, PhD, Elizabeth Weybright, PhD3, Kelley Pascoe, MSW, MPH and Katherine Hampilos, ND, MS
  • Presentation: Hungry or Bored? Lasting Experiences of Boredom at the Onset of the Pandemic on Eating Behaviors
    • Co-authors: Alexandra Jackson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, Alana J Anderson, MS, Doctoral Student, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Elizabeth Weybright, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA and Jane Lanigan, PhD, Professor, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
  • Presentation: The Role of Boredom Susceptibility in the Frequency of Substance Use Among College Students
    • Co-authors: Erica Doering, MS, Doctoral Student, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Elizabeth Weybright, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Kyle Murphy, MS, Doctoral Candidate, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Sammy Perone, PhD, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA and Linda Lee Caldwell, PhD, Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Four people smiling.
Dr. Jackson, Dr. Anderson, Ms. Doering, and Dr. Weybright after their boredom session.
  • Presentation: Cooperative Extension As a “Missing Piece” of Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Efforts in Rural Communities.
    • Co-authors: Elizabeth Weybright, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Katherine Hampilos, ND, MS, Associate, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Erica Doering, MS, Doctoral Student, Washington State University, Pullman, WA and Michael G. McDonell, PhD, Associate Director, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
Dr. Weybright standing in front of a projector screen.
Dr. Weybright presenting.

 

April 2022
Dr. Weybright receives CAHNRS award!
New article alert!

 

March 2022
CROP+TR wins award and lab members presented their research at SRA and TALS!
  • Dr. Weybright, graduate students, and colleagues, accept the SRA award.

    On behalf of CROP+TR, Dr. Weybright accepted the Organizational Award for Excellence in Research and Programming for Youth from the Society for Research on Adolescence. See full story here: https://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/youth-led-action-to-heal-opioid-epidemic-earns-society-honors-for-croptr/

  • Dr. Weybright and graduate students presented at the 2022 Society for Research on Adolescence conference in New Orleans.
    • Doering, E., Weybright, E., Caldwell, L. (2022, March). “Mom, I am SO bored!”: The role of parents in adolescent boredom.
    • Weybright, E., Hampilos, K., Doering, E., Larkin, T., White, A., Varrella, G., Fees, J., Greer, M., Purser, E., & McDonell, M. (2022, March). Youth participatory action research for substance use prevention.
    • Hampilos, K., Weybright, E., Diaz Martinez, A., Cooper, B.,  Pascoe, K., DiGennaro, S., Leach, J., Varrella, G., & Fees, J. (2022, March). Pivoting an evidence-based program for virtual delivery: A case study of Washington State’s Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14.
  • Graduate student Erica Doering presented at the Academy of Leisure Sciences virtual conference and Dr. Jen Agans presented work co-authored by Dr. Weybright.
    • Doering, E. L., Weybright, E., Caldwell, L., & Perone, S. (2022, March). “Can’t you see that I’m getting bored?”: College Students’ Conceptualization of Boredom.
    • Agans, J. P., Son, J. S., Powers, S. L., Hanna, S. R., Weybright, E. H. (2022, March). Profiles of leisure constraints and negotiation among college students: A person-centered analysis. Recording here: https://psu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Jen+Agans%27s+Personal+Meeting+Room/1_44z0x32z
Dr. Weybright featured in Dr. Universe.