Biobehavioral Health Alumni Profile: Anne E. Ray, Ph.D.

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B.S. Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed. Secondary School Counseling, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

On the Ph.D. program, in her words:

With an increasing emphasis placed on one's ability to hold a multidisciplinary perspective and conduct translational research that cuts across numerous domains, BBH offered me invaluable education in appreciating and understanding multiple influences on health. Beyond that, the research experience was simply top notch. I had the opportunity to work on multiple NIH-funded research projects in many capacities - from conceptualization and grant preparation, to day-to-day project management, to manuscript preparation and publication - which helped me to prepare and obtain a funded NIH pre-doctoral NRSA award. I feel so fortunate for the opportunities this program afforded me, and the preparation I was provided to succeed at the next level.

Current areas of professional interest are:

Etiology and prevention of substance use in adolescence and emerging adulthood; Self-regulated drinking behaviors and their associations with alcohol use and consequences; Gender differences in alcohol use behaviors; Mechanisms of change and moderators of program efficacy; Event-specific measurement of health behaviors

Current Position

Research Associate
Center for Alcohol Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Ph.D. Thesis

"An Event-level Analysis of Drinking Behaviors in College Freshmen"

Brief description: This study examined the role of drinking-specific protective and risk behaviors in the experience of alcohol-related consequences among college students in their first year of college. A repeated-measures, event-specific framework was utilized in which students reported their drinking behaviors across six weekends during their first semester in college. Findings suggest that how one drinks contributes to their experience of harm on those occasions, above and beyond how much alcohol is consumed.

Ph.D. Advisor

Rob Turrisi