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Mark Wood

Mark Wood


Director, Behavioral Science Program

Behavioral Science

Office: CPRC 8W
Phone: 401-874-4252

Educational Background

Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University, 1996-1998
Ph.D. 1996, University of Missouri - Columbia
M.A. 1993, University of Missouri - Columbia
B.A. 1990, Arizona State University

Research Interests

I am an applied social psychologist with primary research interests in:
Preventive interventions to reduce alcohol misuse
Etiology of alcohol use and misuse
Implicit social cognition
Longitudinal data analysis

Professional Interests

Welcome to my departmental webpage at the University of Rhode Island’s Psychology Department. I am an applied social psychologist and my professional activities relate to research, teaching, and service in the areas of alcohol use and misuse, social psychology, and research methods. In my main interest area, alcohol research, my focus has been on examining psychosocial factors influencing alcohol misuse, especially among college students, and on investigating both individual- and environmental-level preventive interventions aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with alcohol misuse.

Additional interests include: (a) the application of advanced longitudinal data analysis techniques (e.g., structural equation model, latent growth curve modeling) to better understand the development of alcohol misuse and to investigate the direct and indirect (mediating, moderating) effects of preventive interventions; and (b) examining the role of implicit cognition on alcohol use and other behaviors (e.g., discrimination).

I served on the Board of Directors of the Research Society on Alcoholism from 2009 to 2013 and have served on the Board of Directors for Rhode Island’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) since 2008. I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and am a Consulting Editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

To view my profile on Google Scholar, click here: Mark Wood on Google Scholar and to see my curriculum vita click here: Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

University of Rhode Island Award, Outstanding Contributions to Research, June 2006

Selected Publications

*student co-authors in bold

Fairlie, A. M., Erickson, D., & Wood, M. D. (2012). Campus and community interventions to reduce alcohol use, abuse, and consequences. In C. Correia, J. Murphy, and N.P. Barnett (Eds.), College student alcohol abuse: A guide to assessment, intervention, and prevention. (pp. 166 – 194). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley and Sons.

Wood, M.D., & Sher, K. J. (2002). Sexual assault and relationship violence among college students: Examining the role of alcohol and other drugs. In C. Wekerle & A-M. Wall (Eds.), The violence and addiction equation: Theoretical and clinical issues in substance abuse and relationship violence. (pp. 169 – 193). Philadelphia, PA: Bunner/Mazel.

Hoeppner, B. B., Barnett, N. P., Jackson, K. M., Colby, S. M., Kahler, C. W., Monti, P. M., Read, J. P., Tevyaw, T., Wood, M. D., Corriveau, D., & Fingaret, A. (2012). Daily college student drinking patterns across the first year of college. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 613 - 624.

Fairlie, A. M., Wood, M. D., & Laird, R. (2012). Prospective protective effect of parents on peer influences and college alcohol involvement relations. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 26, 30 - 41.

Short, E. E., Fernandez, A., Borsari, B., Hustad, J.T. P., & Wood, M. D. (2011). Does clinician continuity over two brief motivational sessions improve outcomes in college students? Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 41(3), 313 - 320.

Abar, C., Fernandez, A., & Wood, M.D. (2011). Parent-teen communication and pre-college alcohol involvement: A latent class analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 1357 - 1360.

Fernandez, A.C., Laforge, R.G., Wood, M.D. & Black, J.T. (2011). Randomized trials of alcohol-use interventions with college students and their parents: Lessons from the Transitions Project. Clinical Trials, 8, 205 – 213. doi: 10.1177/1740774510396387

Fernandez, A., Wood, M. D., Stein, L.A.R., & Rossi, J. (2010). Measuring Mindfulness and Examining its Relationship with Alcohol Use, and Alcohol-Related Negative Consequences. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 24, 608 – 616. doi:10.1037/a0021742

Fairlie, A. M., DeJong, W., Stevenson, J. F., Lavigne, A. M., & Wood, M. D. (2010). Fraternity and sorority leaders and members: A comparison of alcohol use, attitudes, and policy awareness. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 36, 187-193. doi:10.3109/00952990.2010.491878

Wood, M. D., Fairlie, A. M., Fernandez, A.C., Borsari, B., Capone, C., Laforge, R.G., & Carmona-Barros, R. (2010). Brief motivational and parent Interventions for college students: A randomized factorial study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 349 - 361.

Fairlie, A. M., Quinlan, K. J., DeJong, W., Wood, M. D., Lawson, D., & Witt, C. F. (2010) Sociodemographic, behavioral, and cognitive predictors of alcohol-impaired driving in a sample of US college students. Journal of Health Communication, 15, 218- 232.

Capone, C., & Wood, M. D. (2009). Thinking about drinking: Need for cognition and motivational readiness moderate the effects of brief alcohol interventions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 684 – 688.

Walls, T. A., Fairlie, A. M., & Wood, M. D. (2009). Parents do matter: A longitudinal two-part mixed model of early college alcohol participation and intensity. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 908 - 918.

Wood, M.D., DeJong, W., Fairlie, A., Lawson, D., Lavigne, A., & Cohen, F. (2009). Common Ground: An investigation of environmental management prevention initiatives in a college community. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, 96 – 105.

DeJong, W., Larimer, M. E., Wood, M. D., & Hartman, R. (2009). NIAAA’s Rapid Response to College Drinking Problems Initiative: Reinforcing the use of evidence-based approaches in college alcohol prevention. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, 5 – 11.

Ichiyama, M., Fairlie, A. M., Wood, M. D., Turrisi, R., Francis, D., Ray, A., & Stanger, L. (2009). A randomized trial of a parent-based intervention on drinking behavior among incoming college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, 67 – 76.

Lavigne, A. M., Witt, C. F., Wood, M.D., Laforge, R., & DeJong, W. (2008). Predictors of college student support for alcohol control policies and stricter enforcement strategies. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 34, 749 – 759.

Reilly, D. W., & Wood, M. D. (2008). A randomized test of a small group interactive social norms intervention. Journal of American College Health, 57, 53 - 60.

Capone, C., & Wood, M. D. (2008). Density of familial alcoholism and its effects on alcohol use and problems in college students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 32, 1451 - 1458.

Kenna, G. A., & Wood, M.D. (2008). In search of pharmacological optimism: Investigating beliefs about the effects of drugs: A pilot study. Addiction Research and Theory, 16, 383 – 399.

Capone, C., Wood, M. D., Borsari, B., & Laird, R. D. (2007). Fraternity/Sorority Involvement, Social Influences and Alcohol Use Among College Students: A Prospective Examination. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 316 - 327.

Wood, M. D., Capone, C., Laforge, R., Erickson, D., & Brand, N. (2007). Brief Motivational Interview and Alcohol Expectancy Challenge with Heavy Drinking College Students: A Randomized Factorial Study. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 2509 – 2528.

Sher, K. J., Bartholow, B. D., Peuser, K., Erickson, D. J., & Wood, M. D. (2007). Stress- Response dampening effects of alcohol: A systematic investigation of mediators, moderators, and outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 362 - 377.

Graduate Student Research

Theses/Dissertations since 2007

I have served as major professor for graduate students in each of our three training areas: Behavioral Science, Clinical Psychology and School Psychology

Lavigne, A.R., Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Alcohol-related associations and college student alcohol use: Examining the moderating effects of executive abilities (2013)

Fairlie, A. M. Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Measurement timing in growth mixture modeling of alcohol trajectories. University of Rhode Island (2012) Funded by a National Research Service Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award. Co-adviser with Theodore Walls.

Scott Martin, M. A. Thesis Title: Prospective Investigation of a Genetically-Informed Enhanced Reinforcement Model of Alcohol Involvement (2012)

Matthew Pierce, M. A. Thesis Title: A prospective examination of post-traumatic stress and alcohol use disorder symptomatology among returning veterans (2012)

Celeste Caviness, M.A. Thesis Title: Predictors of recidivism in a sample of high-risk, jailed women (2011)

Anne Fairlie, M. A. Thesis Title: Who may have benefited? An examination of moderators of interventions targeting college student alcohol use and consequences (2009)

Anne Fernandez, M. A. Thesis Title: An examination of mindfulness and substance use among college students (2009)

Nancy Brand, Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Psychologists’ approaches to evaluating client progress in psychotherapy practice (2007)

Christy Capone, Ph.D. Dissertation Title: An examination of familial alcoholism and attitudes toward alcohol interventions among college students (2007)

Caren Witt, Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Examining the psychological correlates of the Binge Eating Disorder symptomatology in a morbidly obese pre-surgical sample (2007)