Biobehavioral Health Alumni Profile: Lindsey Varvil-Weld, Ph.D.


B.A. 2006, Psychology and Spanish, University of Michigan
M.S. 2011, Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. 2014, Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University

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

"I really appreciated the flexibility BBH offered, and the chance to explore psychological, social, and biological determinants of health. The faculty have diverse perspectives and expertise, and as students we had unique opportunities to work on cross-disciplinary research. I had the chance to work with scientific leaders in their respective fields, and had access to great research resources. As part of Dr. Turrisi’s lab, I was able to apply the theoretical training and methodological skills I learned while working on his research projects. Dr. Turrisi's mentorship helped me get my research funded and published in top journals. My training in BBH and in Dr. Turrisi's lab prepared me to conduct research in diverse settings."

Current Position:

Consumer Market Research Analyst
Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA


“Cultural influences on heavy episodic drinking among Hispanic/Latino college students”

For my dissertation, I took a person-centered approach to identify cultural orientation profiles of Hispanic/ Latino college students and their mothers. I then examined profile differences in student drinking and consequences and determine which social and intraindividual influences accounted for differences. Findings suggested students who feel detached from Hispanic and U.S. culture were at highest risk for heavy drinking and related consequences, and may be most in need of prevention materials.