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Curriculum Vitae: 

2017 – current Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Science, Oregon State University

2017 Faculty, Courtesy Appointment, School of Psychological Science, Oregon State University

2015 – 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute of Health Research Individual Fellowship, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) at the University of Toronto, Ontario 

2014 – 2015 APA-Accredited Predoctoral Clinical Internship, CAMH, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013 – 2014 Predoctoral Fellow, Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA NIH Individual Fellowship,  Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

2009 – 2013 Graduate Student Researcher,  Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

2008 – 2009 Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology

Professional Affiliations: 

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Research Society on Alcoholism


2015 Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical, and Biological and Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

2011 Master of Science in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

2008 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with distinction, University of Virginia

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Affiliated with: 
Sch of Psychological Sci
Courses Taught: 

Addiction, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology, Psychopharmacology 


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. You can learn more about ongoing and past research, and ways to get involved in the lab at our HEAL website.

Areas of Interest

  •   Characterizing risk of alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use and dependence in youth and adults
  •   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 considering PhD students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Selected publications:

Dermody, S.S.  (Accepted). Sexual minority youth are at elevated risk for use of multiple substances. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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/