Dana Litt, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Litt received her doctorate in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University in 2010 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington’s Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors in 2011. Dr. Litt’s primary research interests lie in examining social psychological principles in broadly defined health-related risk behaviors. Her research addresses questions related to the utility of including socially-based variables in prevention programming, particularly with respect to social images and social norms. Her current research extends the literature by utilizing a model of health risk behavior, The Prototype Willingness Model, which has not previously been used in interventions focused on young adult alcohol use. Critical questions include: whether the inclusion of such variables improve the efficacy of existing prevention programs and if socially-based interventions will work universally or whether they depend on a person’s level of experience with alcohol use. The answers to these questions have important implications for refining theories and developing new clinical interventions related to alcohol use and abuse.
Litt, D., & Stock, M. L. (2011). Adolescent alcohol-related risk cognitions: The roles of social norms and social networking sites. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25(4), 708-713.
Litt, D., Lewis, M. A., & Stock, M. L. (2011). Drinking to fit in: Examining the need to belong as a moderator of perceived best friend alcohol use and related risk cognitions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 313-321.
Litt, D., Lewis, M. A., Stahlbrandt, H., Firth, P., & Neighbors, C. (2012). The impact of descriptive norms on alcohol use and related negative consequences: The role of social comparison. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 961-967.
Litt, D., Lewis. M. A., Blayney, J., & Kaysen, D. (2013). Protective behavioral strategies as a mediator of the anxiety and alcohol use relationship. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 168-174.
Litt, D., Lewis, M.A., Patrick, M., Rodriguez, L., Neighbors, C., & Kaysen, D. (in press). Spring Break versus Spring Broken: Predictive utility of Spring Break alcohol intentions and willingness at varying levels of extremity. Prevention Science.
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