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. M., & 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. M., Lewis, M. A., Blayney, J., & Kaysen, D. (2013). Protective behavioral strategies as a mediator of the generalized anxiety and alcohol use relationship among lesbian and bisexual women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 168-174.
Litt, D. M., Lewis, M.A., Patrick, M., Rodriguez, L., Neighbors, C., & Kaysen, D. (2014). Spring break versus spring broken: Predictive utility of spring beak alcohol intentions and willingness at varying levels of extremity. Prevention Science, 15, 85-93.
Litt, D. M., & Lewis, M.A. (2015). Examining the role of abstainer prototype favorability as a mediator of the abstainer norms-drinking behavior relationship. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 467-472.
Litt, D. M., Stock, M. L., & Gibbons, F. X. (2015). Adolescent substance use: Social comparison orientation moderates the impact of friend and sibling behavior. British Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 514-533.
Current Research Grants:
Developing a Dual-Process Intervention for Alcohol Use among Young Adults (R00AA020869)