Biobehavioral Health Alumni Profile: Kimberly L. Henry, Ph.D.

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B.S 1994, Physical Education and Sport Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MS 1996, Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University
Ph.D. 2002, Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

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

“The doctoral training in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State provided me with a broad social and behavioral science education. I chose this program because of its multidisciplinary focus on biological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and environmental variables. This type of training has served me extremely well; specifically it has helped me to think about my research questions from a larger perspective and to effectively collaborate with colleagues from many different fields. In addition, the mentorship model employed by the department allowed me to choose a course of study that best met my needs. This flexibility provided me with the opportunity to take many different courses across the University and to become involved in several research studies and applied prevention initiatives. Furthermore, the college offers its students a vast array of resources to further one’s studies – including access to top-notch research centers (e.g., the Prevention Center) and opportunity to develop methodological skills (e.g., the Methodology Center).”
“Perhaps most importantly, the faculty members are thoughtful, engaged scholars, and provide the cornerstone for learning both in and out of the classroom.”

Current areas of professional interest are:

Adolescent and young adult delinquency, school disengagement, community based participatory research, longitudinal methodology.

Current Position

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Colorado State University

Doctoral Thesis

A latent class growth model of rural adolescent drinking: An examination of the antecedents to and young adult consequences of adolescent alcohol use trajectories.

Brief Description: This project utilized latent class growth analysis to first define the trajectories of alcohol use from 7th grade into young adulthood among a sample of rural adolescents. Second, the project examined the antecedents and consequences of these identified trajectories. Results indicated that adolescents who experienced their first intoxication by age 13 were more likely to demonstrate a high-risk pattern of drinking throughout adolescence and to experience alcohol-related problems in young adulthood. However, early onset drinkers who did not persist as high-risk drinkers throughout adolescence were no more likely to experience alcohol-related problems in young adulthood than low-risk drinkers. Moreover, adolescents who demonstrated high-risk patterns of drinking during adolescence were more likely to experience alcohol-related problems in young adulthood.

Ph.D. advisor

Dr. Judith R. Vicary (retired)