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 substance use and addiction in young adults 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 substance use and addiction risk. We use a combination of existing datasets and human laboratory-based 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 young adults and adults
Optimizing addiction interventions to address co-occurring substance use and problems, particularly co-occurring nicotine and alcohol problems
Identifying and addressing differences in substance use patterns and harms based on one's gender and sexual identities
Potential Graduate Students
Dr. Dermody is considering Psychology PhD students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Graduate students would have the opportunity to get involved with a number of ongoing laboratory-based and data-based studies focusing on improving smoking cessation outcomes among heavy drinkers and reducing health disparities related to one's sexual and gender identities. Students in HEAL have the unique opportunity to develop skills in both conducting laboratory-based substance use administration research and applying advanced quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, time-varying effect modeling, mixture modeling) to preexisting data. Our laboratory is one of the few in the country with the capacity for human laboratory smoking, which presents a unique opportunity to conduct research to directly evaluate and observe what impacts one's smoking and ability to quit smoking.
Selected publications representative of active research areas:
Dermody, S. S., McGinley, J., Eckstrand, K., & Marshal, M. P. (2019). Sexual minority female youth and substance use disparities across development. Journal of LGBT Youth, 1-16.
Dermody, S. S., Hendershot, C. S., Andrade, A. K., Novalen, M., & Tyndale, R. F. (2018). Changes in nicotine metabolite ratio among daily smokers receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, nty265, https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nty265
Dermody, S.S. (2018). Sexual minority youth are at elevated risk for use of multiple substances. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 192, 38-44.
Wardell, J., Dermody, S.S., Lindgren, K.P., Medina, A., & Hendershot, C.S. (2018). Alcohol and smoking implicit associations as a function of drinking and smoking patterns among young adult heavy drinkers. Motivation and Emotion, 42(5), 682-690.
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
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. 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. (2014). The predicted impact of reducing the nicotine content in cigarettes on alcohol use. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu037/