Current Projects

Child Hostile Attributions and Psychophysiology Study (CHAPS)

This study aims to assess the psychophysiological correlates of impulsive and aggressive thoughts and behaviors in children and young adults. (Drs. Baschnagel & Godleski)

Smoking Cessation Mobile App

This project is in collaboration with RIT software engineering students and consists of development of a mobile app that will provide cognitive behavioral treatment ‘in the moment’ to help smokers quit smoking. (Dr. Baschnagel)

Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Among College Students

Dr. Godleski is investigating group differences in the relation between substance problems and conflict in intimate partner relationships. (Dr. Godleski)

Hostile Attributional Biases

Measurement Development: Revising current methodologies for assessing hostile intent attributions. (Dr. Godleski)

At Risk Mothers and Likelihood of Breastfeeding

Studying pre- and post-natal influences on the likelihood to engage in breastfeeding behavior among at risk, substance using mothers as well as the developmental influences that risk and breastfeeding have on later outcomes for children. (Dr. Godleski)

Executive Functioning of Children in Families with Substance Problems

This study assesses response inhibition in children who are in families with substance problems. (Dr. Godleski, in collaboration with Dr. Sutton)

Binge drinking and impulsivity

This study uses a multi-method assessment approach to better characterize differences in impulsivity in college students with a history of binge drinking and those that do not binge drink. A second part of this project will involve the application of heart rate variability biofeedback in binge drinking college students to improve health outcomes including substance use, physical and mental health, and academic achievement. (Dr. Houston)

Trauma Focused School Based Treatment

Development of a school-based preventative intervention program for children with conduct disorders who are at increased risk for later substance abuse. The program focuses on emotion regulation and problem-solving strategies, and utilizes biofeedback techniques along with social skills training, and cognitive and social-cognitive remediation techniques. (Drs. Schenkel, Bamonto, & Houston)

Bullying and Rejection Sensitivity

Claire Fleming is studying the interrelations between forms of aggression, bullying and victimization, and appearance based rejection sensitivity.

Stress Impact on Decision Making and Impulsivity in College Students

Luisa Swan is examining how trait and state level stress impact decision making and impulsivity.

Correlation Between Parenting Styles in Childhood and Current Parenting Style for Mothers Who Do and Do Not Abuse Substances
Correlation Between Parenting Styles in Childhood and Current Parenting Style for Mothers Who Do and Do Not Abuse Substances

 (Emily Joslyn, SURF Recipient) – Emily Joslyn is researching the role of maternal substance problems in the intergenerational transmission of parenting practices

Effects of Concussion History on Substance Use and Executive Functioning

Tia Aunkst is examining the effects of concussion history and athlete status on alcohol, marijuana, and opioid use in college students.

Non-Prescribed Stimulant Use on Episodic Memory: Expectancy and Effects

Adrianna Beck is researching the influence of non-prescription stimulant use and expectancies about such use on verbal and non-verbal memory performance.

An Investigation of the Impact of Frequency of Pornography Use on the Late Positive Potential

Annabella Kajtezovic is examining the late positive potential, a change in the brain’s electrical activity, in response to unpleasant, neutral, pleasant-sexual and pleasant-non-sexual picture stimuli in college men with varying histories of pornography use. The aim is to replicate and extend prior research exploring whether neural correlates of pornography use are similar to those associated with substance use and other addictions.

The Role of Emotion on Inattentional Blindness

Mitchell Matija is investigating whether emotional state affects the inattentional blindness phenomenon.

Selected Publications

Houston, R.J. & Schlienz, N.J. (2018) Event-related potentials as an index of behavior change in substance use disorder treatment.  Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3, 30-40. doi:10.1016/j.bpsc.2017.09.006

Bauer, L.O. & Houston, R.J. (2017).  The value of instability: An investigation of intra-subject variability in brain activity among obese adolescent girls.  International Journal of Obesity, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.144.

Houston, R.J., Derrick, J.L., Leonard, K.E., Testa, M., Quigley, B.M. & Kubiak, A. (2014). Effects of heavy drinking on executive cognitive functioning in a community sample. Addictive Behaviors, Addictive Behaviors, 39, 345-349.

Conner, K.R., Gamble, S.A., Bagge, C.L., He, H., Swogger, M.T., Watts, A. & Houston, R.J. (2014). Substance-induced depression and independent depression in proximal risk for suicidal behavior. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 567-572.

Baschnagel, J.S. (2013). Using Mobile Eye-Tracking to Assess Attention to Smoking Cues in a Naturalized Environment. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2837-2840,   

Godleski, S.A., Eiden, R.D., Schuetze, P., Colder, C., & Huestis, M.A. (2016). Tobacco exposure and maternal psychopathology: Impact on toddler problem behavior.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 57, 87-94.

Eiden, R.D., Godleski, S.A., Colder, C., & Schuetze, P. (2015). Prenatal substance exposure and child self-regulation: Pathways to risk and protection. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 137, 12-29. PMCID: PMC4442052