Dr. Geisner is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at the UW. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Washington in 2008. She has received a grant from NIAAA to develop and study the effectiveness of a personalized web-based feedback intervention for college students with high risk drinking and depressed mood. She is a co-investigator on a multi-site NIAAA grant examining parent-child communication about college drinking. Other research has focused on college student health and risk behaviors including gambling, event specific prevention (21st birthday and Spring Break drinking), and athletes. She has published over a dozen journal articles, presented posters and presentations at national conferences, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer on several journals. She conducts clinical supervision with psychiatry residents and psychology students at Outpatient Psychiatry and the UW’s Psychological Services and Training Clinic. Irene provides therapy to patients with a wide range of presenting problems at the UW’s Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, and has done clinical group and individual supervision on studies utilizing Motivational Interviewing in delivering BASICS.
Neighbors, C., Lee, C.M., Atkins, D., Lewis, M. A., Kaysen, D. L., Mittmann, A., Fossos, N., Geisner, I. M. & Larimer, M. A (2012). Randomized Controlled Trial of Event Specific Prevention Strategies for Reducing Problematic Drinking Associated with 21st Birthday Celebrations. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 850-862.
Geisner, I. M., Mallett, K., & Kilmer, J. (2012). Considerations for Campus Counseling Centers: An Examination of Clinical Depressive Symptoms and Drinking Patterns Among First Year College. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33, 280-287.
Geisner, I. M., Grossbard, J.R., Tollison, S., & Larimer, M. E. (2012). Differences between athletes and non-athletes in risk and health behaviors in the transition from high school to college. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 21, 156-166.
Lee, C.M., Geisner, I. M., Patrick, M.E., & Neighbors, C. (2010). The social norms of alcohol-related consequences. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24(2), 342-348.
Turrisi, R, Larimer, M., Mallett, K, Kilmer, K., Ray, A., Mastroleo, N, Geisner, I. M., Grossbard, J., Tollison, S., Lostutter, T., & Montoya, H. (2009). A randomized clinical trial evaluating a combined intervention for high-risk students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 555-67.
Geisner, I. M., Neighbors, C., Lee, C. M., & Larimer, M. E. (2007). Personal alcohol feedback as an adjunct to a brief depression treatment: changes in norms reduce drinking and related consequences. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 2776-2787.
Larimer, M.E., Lee, C.M, Kilmer, J.R., Fabiano, P., Stark, C., Geisner, I., Mallett, K., Lostutter, T.W., Cronce, J.M., Feeney, M., & Neighbors, C. (2007). Personalized mailed feedback for college drinking prevention: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 75, 285-293.
Geisner, I. M., Neighbors, C., & Larimer, M. E. (2006). A randomized clinical trial of a brief, mailed intervention for symptoms of depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74(2), 393-399.
Current Research Grants:
Novel Web-Based Intervention for Heavy Drinking and Depressed College Students (R21AA019993)