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Jonathan Tubman Professor of Psychology Psychology

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Dr. Tubman is a Professor of Psychology at American University. He received an A.B. (1984) in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago and a M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990) in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW, 2000) from Florida International University (FIU) shortly after earning tenure there. 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.
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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

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