Dr. Jennifer Read


Chair of the Psychology Department

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island

206 Park Hall

(716) 645-0193


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Read completed her BA at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2000 after completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Brown University Consortium. She completed an NIAAA-funded T32 Fellowship at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies from 2000-2003. After this, she joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo. She was granted tenure in 2009, and promoted to Full Professor in 2014. From 2016-2021, Dr. Read was the Director of Clinical Training and Area Head for Clinical Psychology. Since  2021, she has been the been the Department Chair. In her free time, Dr. Read enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading, and traveling. A Boston native, Dr. Read also is a big fan of the city of Buffalo, and loves spending time in the city, exploring some of its many restaurants, stores, and coffee shops, or just walking or running in the neighborhood.

Research Interests

Dr. Read’s research focuses on the individual and environmental factors that influence heavy and problematic substance use in young adults. This includes factors such as personality, gender, affective state, cognitions, and social influences. Much of Dr. Read’s research has focused on trauma and post-traumatic stress and how these things may influence or be influenced by substance use, particularly in young adults. Dr. Read and her colleagues have conducted a number of longitudinal survey studies of these associations, and she also has examined these pathways in laboratory experiments. This research has been supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Medical Beverage Foundation.

Prospective Clinical Psychology Graduate Students:

“My lab is a productive, fun, and vibrant lab. I try to recruit graduate students who are interested in careers in academic or applied research settings. To adequately prepare them for this kind of career, I work with students throughout their time in our program to be sure that they will get the training that they will need for future success. When they join my lab, graduate students immediately become involved in ongoing projects in the lab. They also attend weekly lab meetings with our research team, and bi-weekly grad student meetings. I also have regular individual meetings with my graduate students. Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students in our program are required to complete three independent research projects, a Second Year Preliminary Project, a Third Year Project, and a dissertation. In addition to these endeavors, graduate students working with me also will have opportunities to collaborate with me on other publication opportunities with data from my lab. Graduate students typically leave for internship with between 5 and 9 publications, and at least two of these are first authored. I also encourage my students to apply for external funding to support their research. This may include NRSA (F31) funding from NIH, or other funding from private foundations, the State University of New York, or UB. Our Clinical Ph.D. program is quantitatively strong, and my graduate students receive excellent training in a variety of approaches to data analysis.”


  • Advanced Psychopathology (PSY624)
  • Clinical Supervision (PSY754)
  • Alcohol and Health (PSY404)

Current grant funding

  • NIAAA R01 AA026105-01A1: “Alcohol-Involved Sexual Assault in the Routine Activities of Daily Life: A Social Goals Perspective.” [Co-PI with Colder; 8/1/18 to 7/31/23]
  • NIAAA R34 AA027046: “Harnessing the Power of Friends to Reduce Alcohol-Involved Sexual Assault Risk.” [Co-PI with Livingston; 8/1/18 to 7/31/22; NCE]
  • Fahs-Beck Foundation – “Accessible Mental Health Treatment for Trauma-Exposed Urban Youths: A Pilot Test of Narrative Exposure Therapy.” [4/1/18 to 3/31/20]
  • U.S. Department Of Defense TP210286 (approved for funding): Harnessing the Power of Military Peers to Reduce Sexual Violence and Risky Drinking [9/31/22 to 9/30/25]
  • NIAAA K99/AA029728 (Zaso, PI, Read, Mentor) Identification and characterization of in-the-moment cognitive antecedents  to alcohol use among drinkers with PTSD [5/31/22-5/30/27]
  • NIAAA R21 AA029279-01A1 (Read, PI) Maximizing Geospatial Methods to Understand Emotional Processes in Stress-Related Drinking Risk      [3/25/22-2/28/24]

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor (2016 – 2022), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Field Editor (2019 – Present), Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
  • Deputy Editor (2020-present), Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
  • Consulting Editor (2011 – present), Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • Consulting Editor (2011 – 2018), Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
  • Ad hoc Reviewer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Panel Member, National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review (NIAAA, AA2; Chair, 2019-2021)

Representative Publications (from over 150)

*denotes graduate or undergraduate student co-author

Blayney, J. A., Jaffee, A., Carroll, Q., & Read, J. P. (2022). Contextual risk for nonconsensual sexual experiences: An application of routine activity theories among first-year college women who drink alcohol. Psychology of Violence, 12, 52-62.

Shaw, R. J., Read, J. P., & Colder, C. R (2022). Social goal orientation differentially influences exposure to interpersonal and non-interpersonal trauma. Traumatology, 28, 138-148.

Read, J. P., Egerton, G., Cheesman, A., Steers, M. (in press). Classifying risky cannabis involvement using the Marijuana Consequences Questionnaire (MACQ). Addictive Behaviors.

Zaso, M. J., Read, J. P., & Colder, C. R. (in press). Coping-motivated escalations in adolescent alcohol problems following early adversity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Shaw, R. J., & Read, J. P. (2021). The differential effects of verbal sexual coercion and forcible sexual assault on alcohol use and consequence trajectories in the first year of college. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 13, 835-846.

Read, J. P., Colder, C. R., Livingston, J. A., Maguin, E., & Egerton, G. (2021). Alcohol and cannabis co-use and social context as risk pathways to sexual assault. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors35, 659-663.

Jenzer, T., Egerton, G. A., & Read, J. P. (2021). Learning from drinking experiences in college: A test of reciprocal determinism with drinking refusal self-efficacy. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors35(1).

Blayney, J. A., Jenzer, T., Read, J. P., Livingston, J., Testa, M., & Carroll, Q. (2021). A qualitative study on friends and the social context of sexual victimization: Implications for campus-based interventions. Violence Against Women27(11), 2092-2110.

Zaso, M. J., & Read, J. P. (2020). Drinking motives as moderators of in-the-moment drinking risks in response to trauma-related distress. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research44, 2561-2569.

Jenzer, T., Meisel, S., Blayney, J. A., Colder, C. R., & Read, J. P. (2020). Reciprocal processes in trauma and coping: Bidirectional effects over a 4-year period. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 12, 207-218.

Wardell, J. D., Egerton, G. A., & Read, J. P. (2020). Does cannabis use predict more severe types of alcohol consequences? Longitudinal associations in a 3-year study of college students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research44(5), 1141-1150.

Rodriguez, L., & Read, J. P. (2020). Momentary emotional responding and emotion regulation in PTSD-related drinking urge. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 28, 99ØC111.

Egerton, G., Radomski, S. A., & Read, J. P. (2019). Personality-based PTSD subtypes in young adults. Traumatology, 25, 235-241.

Prince, M. A., Read, J. P., & Colder, C. R. (2019). Trajectories of college alcohol involvement and their associations with later alcohol use disorder symptoms. Prevention Science20, 741-752.

Blayney, J. A., Jenzer, T., Read, J. P., Livingston, J. A., & Testa, M. (2018). Enlisting friends to reduce sexual victimization risk: “There’s an app for that”­ but nobody uses it. Journal of American College Health66, 767-773.

YAACQ-related publications

Read, J. P., Haas, A. L., Radomski, S.,* Wickham, R. E., & Borish, S. E. (2016). Identification of hazardous drinking with the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire: Relative operating characteristics as a function of gender. Psychological Assessment28, 1276.

Pilatti, A., Read, J.P., Vera, B Caneto, F., Garimaldi, J. Kahler, C.W. (2014). The Spanish version of the Brief Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire (B-YAACQ): A Rasch Model Analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 842-847.

Simons, J.S., Dvorak, R.D., Merrill, J.E.*, & Read, J.P. (2012). Dimensions and severity of marijuana consequences: development and validation of the marijuana consequences questionnaire (MACQ).Addictive Behaviors, 37, 613-621.

Read, J.P., Merrill, J.*, Kahler, C.W., & Strong, D.S. (2007). Predicting functional outcomes among college drinkers: Reliability and predictive validity of the young adult alcohol consequences questionnaire. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 2597-2610

Read, J.P., Kahler, C.W., Strong, D., & Colder, C.R. (2006). Development and preliminary validation of the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 67, 169-178.

Kahler, C.W., Strong, D.R., & Read, J. P. (2005). Towards efficient and comprehensive measurement of the alcohol problems continuum in college students: The Brief Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 25, 1180-1189.