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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Alison Looby                                                                                        

Assistant Professor                       

College student substance use

Clinical Psychology                                                                                                                    

Clinical Internship: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh PA (2010-2011)
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University at Albany (2011)
M.A. in Psychology, University at Albany (2007)
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, San Diego (2002) - Bio Sciences Bldg 125

Academic Positions:

2016-present  Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Wyoming
2011-2016     Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of North Dakota

Research Interests:

My research interests lie broadly in the area of substance use (e.g., prescription stimulants, alcohol, marijuana), particularly among college students. I am specifically interested in 1) identifying factors that are implicated in one's decision to initiate and maintain substance use, and 2) using this information to develop substance use prevention and treatment efforts for college students. Within this framework, I am interested in examining how drug-related beliefs and expectations impact one's drug use and associated behavior (e.g., mood, cognitive performance). Furthermore, I aim to understand if substance use can be prevented or decreased by modifying these cognitions. Please see the Addictive Behaviors Lab page for more information.


PSYC 2210  Drugs & Behavior
PSYC 2340  Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 5510  Psychopathology II

Representative Publications:

Kilwein, T. M., Goodman, E. L., Looby, A., & De Young, K. P. (2016). Nonmedical prescription stimulant use for suppressing appetite and controlling body weight is uniquely associated with more severe eating disorder symptomatology. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49, 813-816.

Zander, M. E., Norton-Baker, M., De Young, K. P., & Looby, A. (2016). The role of anonymity in determining the self-reported use of cocaine and nonmedical prescription stimulant use among college students. Substance Use & Misuse, 51, 795-802.

Looby, A., Beyer, D. L., & Zimmerman, L. (2015). Nonmedical prescription stimulant use: Investigating modifiable risk factors. Addiction Research & Theory, 23, 143-147.

Looby, A., Kassman, K. T., & Earleywine, M. (2014). Do negative stimulant-related attitudes vary for prescription stimulants and cocaine among college students? Addictive Behaviors, 39, 1100-1105.

Looby, A., De Young, K. P., & Earleywine, M. (2013). Challenging expectancies to prevent nonmedical prescription stimulant use: A randomized, controlled trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132, 362-368.

Looby, A., & Earleywine, M. (2011). Expectation to receive methlphenidate enhances subjective arousal but not cognitive performance. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19, 433-444.

Jardin, B. F., Looby, A., & Earleywine, M. (2011). An examination of college students with ADHD symptoms who misuse their prescribed medication. Journal of American College Health, 59, 373-377.

Looby, A., & Earleywine, M. (2010). Psychometric evaluation of a prescription stimulant expectancy questionnaire. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 18, 375-383.

Looby, A., & Earleywine, M. (2010). Gender moderates the impact of stereotype threat on cognitive function in cannabis users. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 834-839.

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