Quantitative, Health Psychology

Department of Psychology 
Geographic Area Served

International, National, New Mexico State-wide
Project Description
Research Interests
The primary objective of my research is to examine empirically-based models of health behavior,
with an emphasis on applying advanced quantitative research methods (e.g., growth mixture
models, latent Markov models, dynamical systems theory) to better understand the complexities
of successful health behavior change. To date, my research has largely centered on studying
alcohol relapse, defined as the return to problematic alcohol use after a period of abstention
or moderate use. Specifically, I have developed a theoretical model of the biopsychosocial
influences on post-treatment alcohol use and have conducted numerous empirical studies on the
prediction of alcohol relapse following treatment. These efforts have led to several empirical
investigations on the mechanisms of successful alcohol treatment outcomes, as well as the
development of interventions to prevent alcohol and substance use relapse.

Specific areas of interest include:
Substance use relapse and relapse prevention interventions
Mindfulness interventions for substance use and gambling
Longitudinal data analysis
Quantitative models of behavior change
Initiation of substance use and the development of substance use problems in adolescents
Interventions to reduce smoking among college student binge drinkers
Enhancing tobacco cessation quitline effectiveness

I will be accepting graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year, please email katie.witkiewitz@gmail.com for more information.

Contact Information:
Location Mailing Address
1 University of New Mexico
MSCO3 2220
 1 University of New Mexico
MSCO3 2220
Email Telephone
Katie Witkiewitz katie.witkiewitz@gmail.com
Katie Witkiewitz (505)886-1627
Fax (505)277-1394
Katie Witkiewitz

Copyright © 2007 The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, (505) 277-0111 See our Standard Disclaimer and Copyright Information Page. The University of New Mexico is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the information in this site is available in alternate formats upon request.
Comments to webmaster@unm.edu