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Washington State University

Elizabeth Weybright

Elizabeth Weybright

Associate Professor & Adolescent Extension Specialist 509-335-2130 Johnson Tower 512, Pullman 305 NE TROY MALL
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

  • 2023-Current       Affiliate Faculty, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, WSU
  • 2023-Current       Affiliate, Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, University of Washington
  • 2020-Current       Associate Professor, WSU
  • 2019-Current       Co-Director, Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
  • 2020-2022             Interim Director, Extension Youth and Families Program Unit, 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
  • Health risk behaviors
  • Prevention science
  • Positive youth development
  • Health Extension

Research Interests

Grounded in prevention science and systems theory, my research focuses on adolescent health promotion and prevention. This spans a) basic research on topics such as youth behavior (e.g, rural youth firearm engagement) and leisure experiences (e.g., boredom, 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 prevention. An evolving line of research is around Health Extension and using the Extension network and related strengths to more effectively deliver community care in rural areas to address health inequities.

Current Funding

  • Northwest Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (NW CROP-TR). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. $1,300,000. Joint-PI: Weybright & McDonell. (9/30/22-9/29/23)
  • 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. (09/30/2020-09/29/2024). 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. (09/01/2020-08/31/2023) 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. * designates student authors.

*Iniguez, A., *Doering, E. L., & Weybright, E. H. (in press). Maximizing dietary knowledge and behavior through a teens as teachers approach. Journal of Extension.

Perone, S., Anderson, A., & Weybright, E. (2023). Older and wiser? Age-related change in state and trait boredom during adolescence and associations with neural correlates of self-regulation. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. Advance online publication.

Rowhani-Rahbar, A., Oesterle, S., Gause, E. L., Kuklinski, M., Ellyson, A. M., *Schleimer, J. P., *Dalve, K., Weybright, E. H., Briney, J. S., & Hawkins, D. (2023). Effect of the Communities That Care prevention system on adolescent handgun carrying: A community randomized trial. JAMA Network Open, 6(4):e236699.

Ellyson, A., M., *Gause, E., Lyons, V. H., Schleimer, J. P., *Dalve, K., Kuklinski, M., Oesterle, S., Briney, J. S., Weybright, E. H., & Rowhani-Rahbar, A. (2023). The prevalence of bullying and physical violence and their association with handgun carrying trajectories among youth growing up in rural areas. Preventive Medicine, 167, 107416.

*Dalve, K., Ellyson, A. M., Gause, E., Lyons, V. H., Schleimer, J. P., Kuklinski, M. R., Oesterle, S., Briney, J. S., Weybright, E. H., Rowhani-Rahbar, A. (2023). School handgun carrying among youth growing up in rural communities. Journal of Adolescent Health, 72, 636-639.

Jackson, L., Weaver, R., Weybright, E., Lanigan, J., Parker, L., *Iniguez, A., & *Decker, A. (2022). Changes in social, economic, and health risk factors across the lifespan during the COVID-19 pandemic: A latent transition analysis. Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion, 3(4), 539-562.

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.

*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.

Ellyson, A. M., *Gause, E., Oesterle, S., Kuklinski, M., Briney, J. S., Weybright, E. H., Haggerty, K., Lyons, V., *Schleimer, J. P., & Rowhani-Rahbar, A. (2022). Trajectories of handgun carrying in rural communities from early adolescence to young adulthood. JAMA Network Open. Advance online publication.

Agans, J., *Hanna, S., Weybright, E., & Son, J. (2022). College students’ perceptions of healthy and unhealthy leisure: Associations with leisure behavior. Leisure Sciences. Advance online publication.

Weybright, E., Beckmeyer, J. J., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., *Doering, E., & Smith, E. (2022). Can’t you see I’m getting bored? The social context as a moderator of adolescent leisure boredom and alcohol use. Youth & Society. Advance online publication.

*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.