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Alison Looby, Ph.D.

Associate 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:

2020-present  Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Wyoming
2016-2020  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:

Looby, A., Bravo, A. J., Kilwein, T. M., Zimmerman, L., Pearson, M. R., & Protective Strategies Study Team. (2019). Protective behavioral strategies mediate the relationship between drinking motives and risky sexual behaviors in college students. Addictive Behaviors, 93, 1-8.

Looby, A., & Sant’Ana, S. (2018). Nonmedical prescription stimulant users experience subjective but not objective impairments in inattention and impulsivity. The American Journal on Addictions, 27, 238-244.

Kilwein, T. M., & Looby, A. (2018). Predicting risky sexual behaviors among college student drinkers as a function of event-level drinking motives and alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 76, 100-105.

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.

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

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