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Jonathan Tubman Professor of Psychology Psychology

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(202) 885-3778 (Office)
CAS - Psychology
Asbury - 321B
Summer 2021 semester: By appointment only, by telephone or video call. Email for appointment.
A.B., Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago (1984); M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State (1987); Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State (1990); MSW, Florida International University (2000)

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Dr. Tubman is a Professor of Psychology at American University and formerly the Vice Provost of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at AU (2011-2019). He started his career at the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) in Buffalo, New York as a post-doctoral research fellow (1990-1993). In 1993, he was hired as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Florida International University and remained at FIU for the next 18 years, eventually becoming a Full Professor (2005), Associate Vice President for Research Compliance and Integrity (2007-2011) and Associate Dean of the University Graduate School (2008-2010). The majority of his work during his career has focused on research, teaching and student mentoring in the areas of adolescent health risk behaviors (sexual risk behavior, substance use, other sources of preventable morbidity and mortality), adolescent mental health and emergent psychiatric disorders, and the development and evaluation of developmentally appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention programming. Much of his recent work focuses on applied developmental science and the translation of empirically-supported research findings into practice recommendations for front-line practitioners working with vulnerable youth populations. During his career, he has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on NIH-funded research projects funded at over 13 million dollars. His most recent project (2013-2019) is a multi-site evaluation of a brief screener for underage alcohol use (R01 AA 021888) to determine its criterion and predictive validity among Latinx and African-American middle and high school students. He is currently accepting master’s and doctoral students for research training and collaboration.
See Also
Assistant Editor, Journal of Adolescence
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For the Media
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Spring 2021

  • HNRS-398 Honors Challenge Course

  • PSYC-301 Research Methods in Psychology

  • PSYC-333 Health Psychology

Fall 2021

  • PSYC-301 Research Methods in Psychology

  • PSYC-420 Adolescent Psychology

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Factors related to the development, maintenance, and stabilization of substance use and other health risk or problem behaviors from childhood to emerging adulthood
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of developmentally appropriate community-based intervention programs for adolescent substance abuse or health risk behaviors
  • Individual, contextual, and interpersonal factors as moderators/mediators of risk for adolescent substance abuse and other health risk behaviors
  • Co-patterning of problem behaviors and their escalation in juvenile justice/delinquent or other vulnerable adolescent populations
  • Heterogeneity in patterns in problem/risk behaviors in vulnerable adolescent populations

Selected Publications

Davila, M., & Tubman, J. G. (2020). Gender, maltreatment and psychiatric symptoms among adolescents in outpatient substance abuse treatment. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 37(4), 385-396.  

Regan, T. & Tubman, J. G. (2020). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) subtypes, co-occurring psychiatric symptoms and sexual risk behaviors in a sample of adolescents receiving substance abuse treatment services. Substance Use and Misuse, 55(1), 119-132.

Regan, T., Tubman, J. G., & Schwartz, S. J. (2020). Relations among externalizing behaviors, alcohol expectancies and alcohol use problems in a multi-ethnic sample of middle and high school students. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 14, 1-11.

Tubman, J. G., Meca, A., Schwartz, S. J., & Regan, T. (2020). Using the NIAAA Brief Alcohol Screener in social work education for selected prevention practice targeting at-risk youth. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 20(3).

Robison, W. T., Soares, M. H., Meca, A., Jacques, J. J., Tubman, J. G., & Schwartz, S. J. (2019). Public schools’ identification and management of underage alcohol use: A qualitative study.  Health Behavior and Policy Review 6(6), 619-631. doi: 10.14485/HBPR.6.6.7

Tubman, J. G., Meca, A., Schwartz, S. J., Velazquez, M. R., Egbert, A. W., Soares, M. H., & Regan, T. (2019). Brief underage alcohol use screener scores predict health risk behaviors. Journal of School Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/1059840519871092

Tubman, J. G., Meca, A., Schwartz, S. J., & Egbert, A. W. (2018). Health service application: The use of a brief alcohol use screener to identify adolescents at risk for school discipline due to externalizing behaviors. Journal of School Health, 88, 474-478. doi: 10.1111/josh.12629

Meca, A., Tubman, J.G., Regan, T., Zheng, D. D., Moise, R., Lee, T. K., Soares, M. H., Velazquez, M. R., Egbert, A., & Schwartz, S. J. (2017). Preliminary evaluation of the NIAAA/AAP Brief Alcohol Use Screener. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52, 328-334. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agx009 

Oshri, A., Tubman, J. G., & Morgan-Lopez, A. A., Saavedra, L. M., & Csizmadia, A. (2013). Sexual sensation seeking, co-occurring sex and alcohol use, and sexual risk behavior among adolescents in treatment for substance use problems. The American Journal on Addictions, 22,197-205. doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.12027.x

Tubman, J. G., Des Rosiers, S. E., Schwartz, S. J., & O’Hare, T. (2012). The use of the Risky Sex Scale among adolescents receiving treatment services for substance use problems: Factor structure and predictive validity. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43,359-365. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.01.002.

Oshri, A., Tubman J. G., & Burnette, M. (2012). Childhood maltreatment histories, alcohol and other drug use symptoms and sexual risk behavior in a treatment sample of adolescents. American Journal of Public Health, 102(Suppl 2): S250–S257.doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300628

Cordaro, M., Tubman, J. G., Wagner, E. F., & Leon-Morris, S. (2012). Treatment process predictors of program completion or dropout of a brief motivational substance abuse intervention for minority adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse 21, 51-68. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2012.636697

Oshri, A., Tubman, J. G., & Jaccard, J. (2011).  Psychiatric symptom typology in a sample of youth receiving substance abuse treatment services: Associations with self-reported child maltreatment and sexual risk behaviors. AIDS and Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10461-011-9890-5

Tubman, J. G., Oshri, A., Taylor, H. L., & Leon-Morris, S. (2011). Maltreatment clusters among youth in outpatient substance abuse treatment: Co-occurring patterns of psychiatric symptoms and sexual risk behaviors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 301-309. doi: 10.1007/s10508-010-9699-8