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Jonathan Tubman Professor of Psychology Department of Psychology

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(202) 885-3778 (Office)
CAS - Psychology
Asbury - 321B
Fall 2022: Mondays & Thursdays 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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)

Book Currently Reading
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
My training is in the areas of applied developmental psychology, addiction studies and social work. My research program focuses on health risk behaviors, substance use and mental health problems among adolescent and emerging adults. Applications of this interdisciplinary program of research include the development and evaluation of developmentally appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention programs and the translation of empirically-supported research findings into practice recommendations for front-line practitioners working with vulnerable youth populations.

My current research projects include data analyses from two major studies. The first is a 6-wave longitudinal study of the concurrent and predictive validity of a brief screener for underage alcohol use in a predominantly minority sample of public middle and high school students recruited in the Miami and Washington DC metropolitan areas. The second is a cross-sectional study of over 850 Internet-recruited sexual minority emerging adults (gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women) to investigate the roles of substance use, as well as, individual-, relationship- and community-level risk factors for their experiences of intimate partner violence.

I am currently accepting graduate and qualified undergraduate students for research mentorship experiences. 

For more detailed information, please see attached CV.
See Also
Assistant Editor, Journal of Adolescence
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For the Media
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Spring 2022

  • PSYC-301 Research Methods in Psychology

  • PSYC-488 Controversial Issues in Psych

Fall 2022

  • HNRS-098 Honors Capstone Supplement

  • PSYC-301 Research Methods in Psychology

  • PSYC-660 Adv Developmental 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