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Jonathan Tubman Professor of Psychology Department of Psychology

Send email to Jonathan Tubman
(202) 885-3778 (Office)
CAS - Psychology
Asbury - 321B
Fall 2023: Mondays and Thursdays - 1:00 PM to 3:00 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)

My research and practice 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 1,100 Internet-recruited sexual minority emerging adults (gay, lesbian, bisexual men and women and transgender individuals) 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
Researchgate Page
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For the Media
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Spring 2023

  • PSYC-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Lifespan Development

  • PSYC-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Lifespan Development

  • PSYC-488 Controversial Issues in Psych

  • PSYC-494 Comm Service Learning Project: Controversial Issues in Psych

Fall 2023

  • PSYC-322 Adolescent Psychology

  • PSYC-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Adolescent Psychology

  • PSYC-488 Controversial Issues in Psych

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., Moore, C., Lee, J., & Shapiro, A. (2023). Multivariate patterns of substance use, minority stress and environmental violence associated with sexual revictimization of lesbian and bisexual emerging adult women. Journal of Lesbian Studies.

Tubman, J. G., & Schwartz, S. J. (2023). Commentary: Early screening for adolescent substance use promotes social justice. Journal of Adolescent Health, 73(2), P224-P226.

Tubman,  J. G. (2022). A brief validated alcohol screener for use in clinical pediatric practice. Clinical Pediatrics 62(5). 

Tubman, J. G., Oshri, A., Duprey, E. B., & Sutton, T. E. (2021). Childhood maltreatment, psychiatric symptoms, and suicidal thoughts among adolescents receiving substance use treatment services. Journal of Adolescence, 89, 18-27. 

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