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 is currently the Lead Principal Investigator on a 3 campus, collaborative NIDA grant to develop and study the effectiveness of a personalized interventions for college students who misuse prescription stimulant medications. She is a co-investigator on two multi-site NIAAA grants. One is examining parent-child communication about college drinking while the other looks at the effects of alcohol use in the transition between college and work. 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 two 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.
Geisner, I.M., Kirk, J.L., Mittmann, A., Kilmer, J.R., & Larimer, M.E. (2015). College students’ perceptions of depressed mood: Exploring accuracy and associations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46,375-383
Geisner, I.M., Mittmann, A., Sheng, E., Herring, T., Lewis, M.A., & Lee, C.M. (2015). Understanding college student spring break drinking: Demographic considerations, perceived norms and travel characteristics. Addiction Research and Therapy, 23, 238-245
Geisner, I.M., Varvil-Weld, L., Mittmann, A., Mallett, K., & Turrisi, R. (2015). Brief web-based intervention for college students with comorbid risky alcohol use and depressed mood: Does it work and for whom? Addictive Behaviors, 42, 36-43
Kilmer, J., Geisner, I.M., Gasser, M., & Lindgren, K.P. (2014). Normative perceptions of non-medical stimulant use: Associations with actual use and hazardous drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 586-92.
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.
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.
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:
Personalized Health Assessment Related to Medications (Project PHARM) (U01DA040219)
Previous Research Grants:
Novel Web-Based Intervention for Heavy Drinking and Depressed College Students (R21AA019993)