Department of Psychology           

Professor William H. George

Cindy Stappenbeck, Ph.D.

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Niagara University and my Master’s degree from the University at Buffalo.  I then worked as a project coordinator for a large National Institute of Drug Abuse funded project at the Research Institute on Addictions, where I developed an interest in studying the effects of alcohol on interpersonal aggression.  I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Kim Fromme, I conducted studies investigating the relation between alcohol and dating aggression.  I was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to support my dissertation research. 

 I continued and extended my line of research to include an examination of the effects of trauma exposure, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), on alcohol use and aggressive behavior while completing a clinical internship at the Seattle VA Medical Center.  As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, I continued to conduct research on alcohol use, PTSD, and risk behaviors including interpersonal aggression and sexual risk taking.  I am currently an Assistant Professor in UW’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


Curriculum Vitae


Assistant Professor in Psychiatry