Project Name: DASH – Daily Assessment of Student Health
Principal Investigator: Debra Kaysen, PhD
Grant Title: A Daily Process Examination of Alcohol Use and PTSD in Female College Students
Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Project Period: 7/1/2007 – 7/31/2009
Grant Number: R21AA016211
Project Coordinator: Sruti Desai

The overall objective of this NIAAA R21 Exploratory/Developmental application was to examine the feasibility of using experience sampling methodologies (ESM) to identify cognitive and emotional risk factors for problem drinking in an at-risk population, female sexual abuse and assault victims. Young adulthood is a period of high risk for both sexual assault and high risk drinking. Moreover, sexual assault is a risk factor for increases in problem drinking as well as alcohol use disorders comorbid with PTSD. This study proposed using the experience sampling method to better refine our understanding of the temporal relations between PTSD, negative affect, and alcohol use.

Related Publications:
Pedersen, E. R., Kaysen, D. L., Lindgren, K. P., Blayney, J., & Simpson, T. L. (in press). Impact of daily assessments on distress and PTSD symptoms in trauma-exposed women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Kaysen, D., Atkins, D., Simpson, T., Stappenbeck, C., Blayney, J., Lee, C.M., & Larimer, M.E. (in press). Proximal relationships between PTSD symptoms and drinking among female college students: Results from a Daily Monitoring Study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Stappenbeck, C.A., Bedard-Gilligan, M., Lee, C.M., & Kaysen, D. (2013). Drinking Motives for Self and Others Predict Alcohol Use and Consequences Among College Women: The Moderating Effects of PTSD. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1831-1839.

Naragon-Gainey, K., Simpson, T., Moore, S., Varra, A., & Kaysen, D. (2012). The correspondence of aggregated daily PTSD symptom reports and retrospective report: Examining the roles of symptom instability, PTSD symptom clusters, and depression symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 24, 1041-1047.

Bedard-Gilligan, Kaysen, D., Desai, S., & Lee, C.M. (2011). Alcohol-involved assault: Associations with posttrauma alcohol use, consequences, and expectancies. Addictive Behaviors, 36(11), 1076-1082.