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Rebecca Houston

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-5205
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Rebecca Houston

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BS, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; MA, Ph.D., University of New Orleans, Louisiana

Bio

Dr. Houston joined the Psychology Department in the Fall of 2016. Prior to that she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Her postdoctoral work was completed in the Alcohol Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center.

Dr. Houston’s research focuses broadly on the psychophysiological and neuropsychological underpinnings of impulsivity and aggression, particularly in the context of substance abuse risk and treatment. Primary techniques used in Dr. Houston’s lab include event-related brain potentials (ERPs; derived from the EEG), heart rate variability, biobehavioral assessment (e.g., executive function, attention), structured clinical interviews, and self-report measures of behavior/mood/personality. Recent research has focused on impulsivity as a mechanism of change in alcoholism treatment, the application of heart rate variability biofeedback in alcohol use disordered individuals, influences of partner interactions on self-control, effects of binge drinking and aggression on executive cognitive function, effects of smoking and binge drinking on ERP correlates of impulsivity, effects of mental illness and substance use on intimate partner violence, and a laboratory examination of aggressive and impulsive behavior in athletes vs. non-athletes.

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Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Quigley, Brian M., et al. "Alcohol Use and Chronic Pain as Risk Factors for Partner Violence: An Actor Partner Interdependence Model Analysis." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Derrick, Jaye L, Rebecca J. Houston, and Denis Ethier. "Perceived Partner Responsiveness Moderates the Effect of Partner-specific Stressors on Alcohol Urge in an Experimental Study." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Gius, Becky K., et al. "Ambivalence Model of Craving and Pretreatment Change: Approach and Avoidance Inclinations in Patients Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Levine, Jacob A., et al. "Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Brief Version of the Approach and Avoidance of Alcohol Questionnaire." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Book Chapter
Houston, Rebecca J. and Matthew S. Stanford. "Psychophysiological Correlates of Psychopathic Disorders." International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law. Ed. Alan Felthous and Henning Sass. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. Chapter 14. Web.
Journal Paper
Levine, Jacob A., et al. "Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Brief Approach and Avoidance of Alcohol Questionnaire." Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 43. 2 (2019): 353-356. Print.
Ge, Yan, et al. "A Standardised Database of Chinese Emotional Film Clips." Cognition and Emotion 33. 5 (2019): 976-990. Print.
Quigley, Brian M., et al. "Alcohol, Self-regulation, and Partner Physical Aggression: Actor-Partner Effects over a Three Year Time Frame." Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 12. (2018): 1-11. Web.
Houston, Rebecca J. and Nicolas J. Schlienz. "Event-related Potentials as an Index of Behavior Change in Substance Use Disorder Treatment." Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 3. (2018): 30-40. Print.
Pudane, Mara, et al. "Agent Based Model of Anger Contagion and its Correlations with Personality and Interaction Frequency." International Journal of Education and Informational Technologies, 12. (2018): 7-12. Web.
Quigley, Brian M., et al. "Alcohol Use Moderates the Relationship between Symptoms of Mental Illness and Violence." Psychology of Addictive Behaivors 32. (2018): 770-778. Print.
Bauer, Lance O. and Rebecca J. Houston. "The Value of Instability: An Investigation of Intra-Subject Variability in Brain Activity Among Obese Adolescent Girls." International Journal of Obesity 41. 10 (2017): 1489-1495. Print.
Wan, Jingyan, et al. "Drinking and Driving Behavior at Stop Signs and Red Lights." Accident Analysis & Prevention 104. (2017): 10-17. Print.

Currently Teaching

PSYC-250
3 Credits
This course will serve as an introduction to research methods in psychology, with the goal of understanding research design, analysis and writing. Topics include examining the variety of methods used in psychology research, understanding research ethics, developing empirical hypotheses, designing experiments, understanding statistical concepts, interpreting results, and writing research and review papers in APA style. This is a required course for all psychology majors, and is restricted to students in the psychology program.
PSYC-222
3 Credits
Introduction to the field of behavioral neuroscience, the study of neurobiological basis of cognition and behavior. Topics include neuroanatomy and physiology, localization of function, brain injury, research methods in behavioral neuroscience, and biological basis of language, memory, emotion, conscious states, and sexual behavior, with an evolutionary perspective.
PSYC-718
3 Credits
A graduate level introduction to the fields of clinical and experimental neuropsychology. Topics include the historical and theoretical underpinnings of modern neuropsychology and methods used to assess cognitive function including their selection, application, and interpretation. Disorders associated with damage to the brain and how they are assessed and managed will also be covered.
PSYC-101
3 Credits
Introduction to the field of psychology. Provides a survey of basic concepts, theories, and research methods. Topics include: thinking critically with psychological science; neuroscience and behavior; sensation and perception; learning; memory; thinking, language, and intelligence; motivation and emotion; personality; psychological disorders and therapy; and social psychology.