Lab News

November 2022

Dr. Weybright and colleagues present at inaugural firearm injury prevention meeting.

Dr. Weybright and colleagues from Extension (Hernandez Hall, Varrella) as well as University of Washington (Rowhani-Rahbar) presented a poster on rural adolescents definition of firearm-related terms. This meeting was the first meeting of the National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention.

Image of research poster.

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.

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. This collaboration is expanding CROP+TR into the Northwest Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Collaborative.

Logo for the Northwest Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Collaborative

CROP+TR’s efforts related to mental health promotion and suicide prevention are highlighted in WSU article.

This recent story from WSU on rural suicide prevention mentions some recent efforts by Dr. Weybright and colleagues in Extension.

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.

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
Person standing in front of a research poster.
Dr. Weybright presenting a the poster at SPR.
  • 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

April 2022

Dr. Weybright receives CAHNRS award!

Dr. Weybright is the recipient of the CAHNRS Faculty Excellence in Extension award. She was recognized at the awards banquet in April. See information on all award winners here.

New article alert!

March 2022

CROP+TR wins award and lab members presented their research at SRA and TALS!

  • 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.
Four people smiling at camera, one holding an award.
Dr. Weybright, graduate students, and colleagues, accept the SRA award.
  • 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.

Dr. Weybright featured in Dr. Universe.

Dr. Weybright was featured in Dr. Universe to talk about why we feel bored. See the full post here.

October 2021

Weybright receives funding to support youth participatory action research.

Dr. Weybright and Extension colleagues received funding from the Washington State Health Care Authority to support youth providers in implementing youth participatory action research.

More publicity for CROP+TR youth research!

YPAR youth were highlighted in the Sequim Gazette.

June 2021

CROP+TR youth efforts in the news!

As part of CROP+TR, we are facilitating a youth participatory action research project where we engage youth as community researchers to address opioids within their community. Spokane youth were featured in a KHQ local news story.

May 2021

Congratulations to doctoral student Faith Price on receiving two awards!

  • Faith recently was awarded a Minority Travel Award to virtually attend the Society for Prevention Research annual conference in June.
  • Faith was awarded the Charles Allen Master’s Thesis award, a WSU Graduate School scholarship.

March 2021

Congratulations to student presenters and award winners at WSU Showcase!

Multiple students had presentations accepted at the 2021 Virtual Academic Showcase including:

New Article Alert!

An article co-authored by Dr. Weybright in collaboration with Extension is out in the Journal of Youth Development. Titled “Using the 4-H Essential Elements to Evaluate Teen Programming,” this article reviews evaluation results from WA State 4-H teens from the perspective of the 4-H Essential Elements and provides implications for future programming.

Weybright presents to WA House Commerce and Gaming Committee

Dr. Weybright presented to a work session of the House Commerce and Gaming committee along with colleagues from DBHR and UW on the effectiveness of programs to prevent youth access to and use of alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor products. Watch the video.

February 2021

Weybright’s work on boredom highlighted in Washington State Magazine

October 2020

Weybright part of team awarded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant

Dr. Weybright is partner with Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar from the University of Washington and a team of WSU Extension faculty to better understand the culture of handgun carrying among rural youth. Read the UW press release.

September 2020

Weybright Receives Funding from USDA for Opioid Prevention Efforts

Weybright was awarded $392,862 in funding by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA) for a project titled Universal Prevention Approaches to Addressing Opioid Use: Building Capacity Within Rural Families and Extension Personnel.

Boredom and COVID-19

Starting in mid-March, Weybright began collecting data on unique tweets with #COVID19 and “bored” in tweet text. Throughout March, we saw a steady increase in the unique number of mentions likely as social distancing efforts, school closures, and teleworking started. These early tweets generally talked about anticipating (and preventing) boredom and reporting feelings of boredom in self and others who seemed bored. As the weeks progressed, the number of boredom mentions peaked mid-week, but overall mentions began to decrease in April.  By May 19th, the number of #COVID19 and bored declined to under 50 mentions per day. We suspect early-COVID19 mentions were mostly around anticipatory boredom which never materialized. Read more on Dr. Weybright’s Twitter feed.

July 2020

Weybright named Interim Director of Extension Youth and Families Unit.

For the next year, Dr. Weybright will lead WSU Extension’s Youth and Families Unit.

Lab members author blog post on boredom for the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Dr. Weybright and graduate student Erica Doering discuss how to help adolescents cope with boredom during a summer of COVID-19.

May 2020

Undergraduate research assistant Anaderi Iniguez recognized at conference.

Anaderi was recognized at the (now postponed) Society for Research in Human Development conference for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Research. Her poster titled “Maximizing the Retention of Nutritional Knowledge and Healthy Behaviors Through the Teen-Teaching Model” evaluated teen outcomes in our YA4-H! program. Congratulations Anaderi!

April 2020

Weybright featured in story about COVID-19 and boredom.

Dr. Weybright contributed to story on how COVID-19 relates to boredom and how parents can support their children.

March 2020

Weybright receives the CAHNRS Early Career Excellence award.

This award acknowledges outstanding contributions in research, teaching and/or extension in any CAHNRS discipline during the early phases of a faculty member’s academic career.

February 2020

Graduate student Faith Price presents a poster at The Academy for Leisure Sciences annual conference.

Faith’s poster was titled “A scoping review of outdoor recreation prevention programs serving Indigenous youth.”

November 2019

New paper published on historical and developmental trends in adolescent boredom.

September 2019

Weybright and team receive $1.1 million grant to address rural opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery.

August 2019

Welcome to new graduate students in the lab!

June 2019

Weybright receives Susan Barkman award for research and evaluation.

Dr. Weybright, along with colleagues Dr. Joy Lile and Pam Watson received the 2019 Susan Barkman Award for Research and Evaluation from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) for their work on assessing WSU Extension teen programs. This award was presented at the annual NAE4-HA meeting in November.