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Curriculum Vitae: 

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Affiliated with: 
Sch of Psychological Science
Courses Taught: 

Addiction, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology 


Research/Career Interests: 

Dr. Dermody is Assistant Professor and Director of the Health Equity and Addiction Lab (HEAL) at Oregon State University. She earned a PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on evaluating risk factors and treatment for drug use and addiction in adolescents and adults. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and Canadian Institute of Health Research. 

In HEAL, we examine addiction risk from a multidisciplinary perspective—integrating psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and biological risk factors to better understand the “how, when, why, and who” pertaining to addiction risk and risk for other negative health behaviors. We use a combination of existing datasets and new laboratory studies in order to hone-in on risk processes and individual differences at multiple levels of analysis. 

Areas of Interest

  •   Characterizing risk of alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use and dependence across the lifespan
  •   Optimizing addiction interventions to address co-occurring substance use and problems
  •   Identifying differences in substance use patterns and harms based on gender and sexuality


Potential Graduate Students

Dr. Dermody is accepting PhD students for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Selected publications:

Dermody, S.S., & Hendershot, C.S. (2017). A critical review of the effects of nicotine and alcohol co-administration in human laboratory studies. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. doi: 10.1111/acer.13321

Riad-Allen, L., Dermody, S.S., Herman, Y., Bellissimo, K., Selby, P., & George, T.P. (2017). Becoming tobacco-free: Changes in staff and patient attitudes and incident reports in a large academic mental health and addictions hospital. American Journal on Addictions. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12513

Dermody, S.S., Tidey, J.W., Denlinger, R.L., Pacek, L.R., al’Absi, M., Drobes, D.J., Hatsukami, D.K., Vandrey, R., &  Donny, E.C. (2016). The impact of very low nicotine content cigarettes on alcohol use. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, doi: 10.1111/acer.12980. 

Dermody, S.S., Marshal, M., Burton, C.M., Chisolm, D.J. (2016). Risk of heavy drinking among sexual minority adolescents: Indirect pathways through sexual orientation-related victimization and affiliation with substance-using peers. Addiction, doi: 10.1111/add.13409.

Dermody, S.S., Marshal, M., Cheong, J., Stepp, S., Hipwell, A., & Chung, T. (2016). Risk of polysubstance use and co-occurring internalizing and externalizing symptoms among sexual minority girls. Substance Use and Misuse, doi: 10.3109/10826084.2015.1126743.

Dermody, S.S., Donny, E.C., Hertsgaard, L., & Hatsukami, D. (2015). Greater reductions in nicotine exposure while smoking very low nicotine content cigarettes predict smoking cessation. Tobacco Control, doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051797.

Dermody, S.S., Marshal, M. P., Cheong, J.W., Burton, C., Hughes, T., Aranda, F., & Friedman, M.S. (2014). Longitudinal disparities of hazardous drinking between sexual minority and heterosexual individuals from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9905-9.

Dermody, S.S. & Donny, E. (Review Paper, 2014). The predicted impact of reducing the nicotine content in cigarettes on alcohol use. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu037/