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Rebecca Houston

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-5205
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Fall 2023 Tuesdays and Thursday 2pm to 3:15pm And by appointment
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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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Journal Paper
Colton, Kassidy C., et al. "Alcohol Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Gender, Parenthood, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stress." AIMS Public Health 10. 2 (2023): 360-377. Web.
Blose, Brittany A., et al. "The Indirect Effect of Peritraumatic Dissociation on the Relationship Between Childhood Maltreatment and Schizotypy." Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (2022): 1-23. Web.
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.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Houston, Rebecca J. and Sorim Chung. "Big five and specific facets of impulsivity predict online consumer behavior." Association for Psychological Science. Association for Psychological Science. Washington, DC. 26 May 2023. Conference Presentation.
Allaby, Olivia B. and Rebecca J. Houston. "Cognitive Reserve Questionnaires Differentially Related to Age, Executive Functioning, and Everyday Memory." Eastern Psychological Association. EPA. Boston, MA. 3 Mar. 2023. Conference Presentation.
Cohen, Finn S., Rebecca J. Houston, and Joseph S. Baschnagel. "Cluster B Personality Disorder Symptoms Are Differentially Related to Emotion Regulation Difficulties." Eastern Psychological Association. EPA. Boston, MA. 3 Mar. 2023. Conference Presentation.
Horace, Romiere J. and Rebecca J. Houston. "Gender Differences in Relationships Between Moral Emotions and Trauma." Eastern Psychological Association. EPA. Boston, MA. 3 Mar. 2023. Conference Presentation.
Ramkissoon, Jeremiah E. and Rebecca J. Houston. "Internet-related behaviors: Associations between Facets of Impulsivity, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status." Eastern Psychological Association. EPA. Boston, MA. 4 Mar. 2023. Conference Presentation.
Monopoli, W. John, et al. "A Qualitative Exploration of College Students’ Emotion Socialization Experiences: The First Step in Measurement Development." Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. ABCT. Seattle, WA. 18 Nov. 2023. Conference Presentation.
Monopoli, W. John, et al. "Initial Exploration of the Structure of Emotion Socialization in College Students." Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. ABCT. Seattle, WA. 18 Nov. 2023. Conference Presentation.
Martin, Chase and Rebecca J. Houston. "Differential Associations between Cultural Perspective and Mental Health Symptoms." Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists. ABRCMS. Phoenix, AZ. 18 Nov. 2023. Conference Presentation.
Houston, Rebecca J. "Event-related Potentials as Biomarkers in Substance Use Disorders and Treatment." Stanford Pain Innovation Lab Speaker Series. Stanford University School of Medicine. Palo Alto, CA. 14 Jul. 2022. Guest Lecture.
Allaby, Oliva B., et al. "Early Pandemic Alcohol and Cannabis Use in Adults at High vs. Low Risk for COVID-19." Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference. University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Buffalo, NY. 9 Apr. 2022. Conference Presentation.
Allaby, Olivia B. and Rebecca J. Houston. "Associations between Aging, Cognitive Reserve, and Alcohol Use Consequences." Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists. ABRCMS. Anaheim, CA. 11 Nov. 2022. Conference Presentation.
Horace, Romiere J. and Rebecca J. Houston. "Associations between Gender, Moral Emotions, and Delinquent Behavior." Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists. ABRCMS. Anaheim, CA. 11 Nov. 2022. Conference Presentation.
Ramkissoon, Jeremiah and Rebecca J. Houston. "Associations between ADHD Symptomatology, Impulsivity, and Internet-related Behaviors." Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists. ABRCMS. Anaheim, CA. 11 Nov. 2022. Conference Presentation.
Houston, Rebecca J. "Electrophysiology of Human Aggression." The Neurobiology and Toxicology of Aggression. American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Seattle, WA. 22 Feb. 2022. Lecture.
Cavanaugh, Cole, et al. "A Multimethod Assessment of Impulsivity in the Context of Alcohol Use." Eastern Psychological Association. EPA. New York, NY. 5 Mar. 2022. Conference Presentation.
Fors, Mikayla and Rebecca J. Houston. "Internalizing Disorder Symptoms in Tinnitus and Their Association With Perceived Stress and Quality of Life." Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. ABRCMS. Washington, DC. 12 Nov. 2021. Conference Presentation.
Alicea, Ryan and Rebecca J. Houston. "Procrastination and time perspective within the context of problematic gaming." Association for Psychological Science. APS. Washington, DC. 27 May 2021. Conference Presentation.
Baschnagel, Joseph S., et al. "Locus of control, emotion dysregulation, stress, and health behavior related to COVID19." Association for Psychological Science. APS. Washington, DC. 27 May 2021. Conference Presentation.
Fors, Mikayla and Rebecca J. Houston. "Differential associations between tinnitus and mental health symptomatology." Undergraduate Research Symposium. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 29 Jul. 2021. Conference Presentation.
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, 2021. Chapter 14. Print.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation or Conference Paper
Godleski, Stephanie A., et al. "The Cascading Impact of COVID-19 on Parent Drinking." Proceedings of the Society for Research on Child Development, Virtual meeting, April 7-9, 2021. Ed. N/A. Virtual, USA: n.p..
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.

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PSYC-412
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PSYC-502
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PSYC-510
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PSYC-718
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