As social animals, we are connected with others in various ways. In the Social Processes and Health Lab, we examine how positive and negative social connections affect health behaviors and outcomes and to what extent psychological factors protect against or transmit the effects of social factors. Much of this work has focused on young adult alcohol use or sexual risk behavior, but we are always open to other domains that provide opportunities for examining processes of interest (e.g., sun protection, genome sequencing). The ultimate goal of this work is to use our understanding of social processes to inform and improve the design of health promotion interventions.

These goals and interests are exemplified in three current lines of research. Please visit the links below to learn more:

Influences of peers

Interventions to reduce alcohol use

Influences of stigma