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Elizabeth Weybright

Elizabeth Weybright

Assistant 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

Assistant Professor, Washington State University

Adolescent Extension Specialist, Washington State University

Visiting Faculty, Indiana University

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

Research Interests

Leisure provides a unique context associated with both adolescent risk behavior and healthy development. Grounded in a prevention science and systems theory, my research focuses on how leisure behavior and experience (e.g., healthy leisure, boredom, sensation seeking) is associated with adolescent substance use. Conceptually, my research (a) examines how leisure-related processes may serve as risk or protective factors associated with substance use, (b) identifies social-ecological moderators of these associations, and (c) uses findings to further inform and evaluate prevention efforts and initiatives targeting adolescent health behavior.

Current Funding

  • Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (CROP-TR). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. $1,100,000. Joint-PI: McDonell & Weybright. (9/30/19-9/29/21) 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)
  • 4-H Healthy Habits presented by Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!). National 4-H Council and Walmart Foundation. $53,500. PI: Weybright. (9/1/19-8/31/20)
  • Adapting a Substance Use Prevention Program for Dropout Youth in South Africa’s Western Cape. WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program. $29,972. PI: Weybright. (1/1/18-6/30/20)

Recent Publications

Xie, H., Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. A. (2019). 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. (2019). 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.

Weybright, E. H., Schulenberg, J., & Caldwell, L. L. (2019). More bored today than yesterday? National trends in adolescent boredom from 2008-2017. Journal of Adolescent Health. Advance online publication. PMCID: In progress Press Release

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., Palen, L. A., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., Jacobs, J., & Smith, E. A. (2018). Profiles of adolescent leisure motivation and substance use in the HealthWise South Africa research trial. Leisure Sciences. Advanced online publication.

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

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Wegner, L. (2015). Boredom prone or nothing to do? Distinguishing between trait and state leisure boredom and its association with substance use in South African adolescents. Leisure Sciences, 37(4), 311-331. PMCID: PMC4465374

Wallace, M., Weybright, E., Rohner, B., & Crawford, J. (2015). Parental over-involvement and competition in youth development programs (FS179E). Pullman, WA: WSU Extension. Retrieved from:

Weybright, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Jacobs, J. (2014). The dynamic association between healthy leisure and substance use in South African adolescents: A state and trait perspective [Special issue]. World Leisure Journal, 56(2), 99-109. PMCID: PMC4059549

Miller, J., Caldwell, L. L., Weybright, E. H., Smith, E. A., Vergnani, T., & Wegner, L. (2014). Was Bob Seger right? Relation between free time boredom and [risky] sex. Leisure Sciences, 36(1), 52-67. PMCID: PMC4326014 Featured in The Atlantic

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