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Alcohol and marijuana use among college students

Students at four-year colleges and universities drink nearly twice as much alcohol as their peers in two-year colleges, according to a survey of college students in the Seattle area. Jen Duckworth (Human Development) is lead author of the article that detailed substance use.


AI predicts infant age, gender based on temperament

Maria Gartstein (Psychology) is lead author of a study that used machine learning to analyze temperament data from babies in an attempt to classify the infants by gender and age.


Kinesiology professor elected to national organization board

Anne Cox (Kinesiology) has been elected as president -elect to the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPA)



Transformational Change Initiative eyes future systemwide impact

The idea to provide guidance to the parents of young college students began with a collaboration by Senior Vice Provost Laura Griner Hill, Professor Brittany Cooper and Chair and Associate Professor Matt Bumpus and colleagues from the University of Washington.


Incivility online has many consequences in the real world

Porismita Borah (Communication) is lead author of a study that quantified the influence of tweets.



Partisan media exposure could inform COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Study author Porismita Borah (Communication) finds vaccine messaging needs to be tailored to different audiences.



The biggest WSU research stories of 2021

Patricia Pendry’s (Human Development) study showing that petting cats and dogs lowers the human stress hormone cortisol made the top ten.



Shadowloss: Young adults cope with missing out during pandemic

An article written by Raven Weaver (Human Development), Cory Bolkan (Human Development) and co-authors features college students’ experiences with loss during COVID-19 pandemic.


Real-time stress detection devices could help fight alcohol relapses

Michael Cleveland (Human Development) is corresponding author on study that used wristbands to gather physiological data from participants.



Cannabis research center established at WSU

Director Michael McDonell (College of Medicine) said the center “brings together under one center work on everything from research focused on the impact of cannabis on development to scholarship on cannabis and public safety, as well as our growing hemp research.”


Outside factors may help children develop internal control

Sammy Perone (Human Development) leads a research team that is applying a new theory to executive function.

Prevention Science Webinar

Sammy Perone, Interim Director of the Prevention Science graduate program, recently presented an informational webinar to describe the goals, structure, and opportunities available at Washington State University. Individuals who are interested in applying to the program may find it particularly helpful. Please contact Dr. Perone at with any questions.

Prevention Science Colloquium

The Prevention Science graduate program hosts a regular colloquium series throughout the academic year. The colloquium series features research and professional development talks from Prevention Science and other WSU faculty and graduate students, as well as invited, external guests. All Prevention Science students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

View Spring 2022 Colloquium Schedule

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Prevention Science Monthly Memo

The Prevention Science graduate program distributes a regular electronic newsletter containing program news and announcements, upcoming conferences and training opportunities, student celebrations, and prevention-related resources and job announcements. Click on the links below to learn more!

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