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Washington State University
Elizabeth Weybright

Elizabeth Weybright

Youth and Families Program Unit Interim Director, Associate Professor & Adolescent Extension Specialist 509-335-2130 Johnson Tower 512, Pullman
Curriculum Vitae


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

Professional Experience

  • 2020-Current       Interim Director, Extension Youth and Families Program Unit, WSU
  • 2020-Current       Associate Professor, WSU
  • 2014-2020             Assistant Professor, WSU
  • 2014-Current       Adolescent Extension Specialist, WSU
  • 2013-2014             Visiting Faculty, Indiana University
  • 2011-2013             NIDA Prevention and Methodology Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

  • HD308 Adult Development and Aging
  • HD408 Advanced Adolescent Development
  • HD520 Adolescence
  • PREV_SCI511 Introduction to Prevention Science

Areas of Emphasis

  • Adolescent development
  • Leisure and free time use
  • Substance use
  • Prevention science
  • Positive youth development
  • Health Extension

Research Interests

Grounded in a prevention science and systems theory, my research focuses on how adolescent health promotion and substance use prevention. This spans a) basic research on leisure experiences such as boredom or motives; b) dissemination, adaptation, and implementation of substance use prevention and positive youth development programs; and c) building capacity among professionals and systems for delivery of evidence-based approaches for health promotion and substance use prevention. An evolving line of research is around Health Extension and using the Extension network and related strengths to more effectively deliver health care in rural areas.

Current Funding

  • Supporting Prevention Professionals to Deliver Youth Participatory Action Research. Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. $55,000. PI: Weybright. (10/1/2021-3/15/23)
  • Culture, Longitudinal Patterns, and Safety Promotion of Handgun Carrying Among Rural Adolescents: Implications for Injury Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via University of Washington. $340,205. WSU PI: Weybright. (09/30/2020-09/29/2023). Press Release
  • Universal Prevention Approaches to Addressing Opioid Use: Building Capacity Within Rural Families and Extension Personnel. National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture. $392,862. PI: Weybright. (09/01/2020-08/31/2022) Press Release
  • Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (CROP-TR). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. $1,100,000. Joint-PI: McDonell & Weybright. (9/30/19-9/29/22) Press Release
  • Adapting Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14) for Legalized Marijuana Contexts. National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture. $640,000. PI: Weybright. (9/1/19-8/31/24)

Recent Publications 

List is limited to publications in the prior five or so years. For a full list of publications, see CV.

*Jackson, A., *Anderson, A., Weybright, E., & Lanigan, J. (2021). Hungry or bored? The impact of COVID-19 on boredom and dietary behaviors. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 53(8), P706-711.

Weaver, R. H., *Jackson, A., Lanigan, J., Power, T. G., *Anderson, A., Cox, A. E., Eddy, L., Parker, L., Sano, Y., & Weybright, E. (2021). Identification of risk and protective factors associated with health behaviors at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Health Behavior, 45(1), 44-61.  Authorship in alphabetical order.

*Pietz, K., Graves, J., Weybright, E., Pinkleton, B., & Klein, T. (2021). Concussions at school: Experiences and knowledge among school nurses. American Journal of Nursing, 121(2), 28-38.

Lile, J. R., Weybright, E. H., & Watson, P. (2021). Using the 4-H Essential Elements to evaluate teen programming. Journal of Youth Development, 16(1), 55-73.

Perone, S., *Anderson A. J., & Weybright, E. H. (2020). It’s all relative: Contextual influences on boredom and neural correlates of regulatory processes. Psychophysiology, 58(3), e13746.

Weybright, E. H., Palen, L. A., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., Jacobs, J., & Smith, E. A. (2020). Profiles of adolescent leisure motivation and substance use in the HealthWise South Africa research trial. Leisure Sciences, 42(5-6), 482-501. PMCID: PMC7821964

Agate, S. T., Liechty, T., & Weybright, E. H. (2020). Introduction to the special issue on social justice issues in parks and recreation: Moving beyond the “easy” questions. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 38(3), 1-9.

Beckmeyer, J. J. & Weybright, E. (2020). Exploring the association between middle adolescents’ romantic activity and their positive youth development. Journal of Adolescence 80, 214-219.

Weybright, E. H., Schulenberg, J., & Caldwell, L. L. (2020). More bored today than yesterday? National trends in adolescent boredom from 2008-2017. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(3), 360-365. PMCID: In progress Press Release

Xie, H., Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. A. (2020). Parenting practices, leisure experience, and substance use among South African adolescents. Journal of Leisure Research, 51(1), 36-55.

Motamedi, M., Caldwell, L. L., Weybright, E. H., Jones, D., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. (2020). Doing a leisure activity because there is nothing else to do: Related outcomes and intervention effects for adolescents. Journal of Leisure Research, 51(1), 1-15.

Perone, S., Weybright, E. H., & Anderson, A. J. (2019). Over and over again: Changes in frontal EEG asymmetry across a boring task. Psychophysiology, 56(10), 1-12. Press Release

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., & Weaver, R. H. (2019). Preventing leisure from being overlooked: The intersection of leisure research and prevention science [Special Issue]. Journal of Leisure Research, 50(5), 394-412.

Weybright, E. H., Son, J. S. & Caldwell, L. L. (2019).  “To have healthy leisure is to have balance.” Young adults’ conceptualization of healthy and unhealthy leisure. Journal of Leisure Research, 50(3), 239-259.

Weybright, E. H., Beckmeyer, J. J., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. A. (2019). With a little help from my friends? A longitudinal look at the role of peers versus friends on adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Adolescence, 73,14-17. Press Release

Weybright, E. H., Martinez, A. D., Varrella, G., & Deen, M. (2018). Teens as teachers: Positive outcomes and recommendations for promoting healthy nutrition in adolescents [Special Issue]. Journal of Youth Development, 13(3), 43-60. Article Link

Cooper, B. R., Weybright, E. H., Hill, L. G., Bumpus, M., & Agley, J. (2018). Exploring alcohol use motivations in under-age college students: Contributions of a person-centered analytic approach. Emerging Adulthood, 6(6), 387-398.

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. Article Link

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

Weybright, E. H., Trauntvein, N., & Deen, M. (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.

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.

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. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process Article Link

Weybright, E. H., Hrncirik, L., White, A., Cummins, M., Deen, M. & 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. Article Link

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. 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.

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. PMCID: PMC4861680