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Meet Our Alcohol Research Lab Graduate Students

 

Sharon RadomskiIMG_2369
6th year PhD student
email: sharonra@buffalo.edu

B.A. Psychology, Clemson University
M.A. Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Sharon is a sixth year doctoral student in the Alcohol Research Lab. She studied psychology as an undergraduate at Clemson University and received her master’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Sharon’s research interests are based in the study of individual (e.g., emotion regulation skills, personality traits, personal goals, posttraumatic stress symptoms) and environmental (e.g., college setting, culture, post-college context, trauma exposure) variables that influence alcohol use in emerging adults. She is also interested in the role of substance use in post-trauma adaptation. Outside of research, Sharon enjoys live music, spending time outdoors, rooting for the Clemson Tigers football team, and traveling. She likes to walk around her neighborhood in Buffalo and take advantage of the cafes, restaurants, and shops.

 

 

Jessica Blayneyjes_head_shot_croppped
5th year PhD student
email: jablayne@buffalo.edu

B.A. Psychology & B.A. Sociology, University of Washington
M.A. Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo

Jessica is a fifth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Originally from Seattle, she received a double degree in psychology and sociology, with a focus on women’s health and deviant behavior. After college, she worked on a number of federally funded research studies at the University of Washington, where she was able to further refine her research interests.

Jessica’s research interests include understanding the socio-environmental contextual factors that contribute to sexual assault risk as well as variation in the post-assault adaptation process, more specifically post-traumatic distress disorder and alcohol misuse. In addition to her interest in psychology, she also enjoys the outdoors. She loves hiking, photography, and exploring Buffalo’s architecture.

Publications:

Blayney, J. A., Colder, C., & Read, J. P. (2016). The role of alcohol in college sexual victimization and post-assault adaptation. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy, 8, 421-430. doi:10.1037/tra0000100

Radomski, S., Blayney, J. A., Prince, M., & Read, J. P. (2016). PTSD and pregaming in college students: A risky practice for an at-risk group. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 1034-1046. doi:10.3109/10826084.2016.1152497

Blayney, J. A., & Read, J. P. (In press). Sexual assault characteristics and perceptions of event-related distress. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

 

 

Greg EgertonGreg Photo
3rd year PhD student
email: gegerton@buffalo.edu

B.S. Psychology and Second major in Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Greg is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Greg studied psychology through work at the Center for Developmental Science, Department of Psychology, and Department of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill. His laboratory work involved several areas of study, including developmental pathways to substance use and addiction, the assessment of pediatric and adult bipolar disorder, and the development of gratitude in children.

Greg is interested in the development of alcohol and substance use disorders, specifically as it relates to the development of personality and co-occurring disorders, and how individual life experiences shape these aspects of development. In Greg’s free time he enjoys binge-watching TV shows, listening to music, drawing, and playing fantasy football.

Publications:

Rothenberg, W. A., Hussong, A. M., Langley, H. A., Egerton, G. A., Halberstadt, A. G., Coffman, J. L., Mokrova, I., & Costanzo, P. R. (2016). Grateful parents raising grateful children: Niche selection and the socialization of child gratitude. Applied Developmental Science.

Youngstrom, E. A., Genzlinger, J., Egerton, G. A., & Van Meter, A. R. (2015). Multivariate meta-analysis of the discriminative validity of caregiver, youth, and teacher rating scales for pediatric bipolar disorder: Mother knows best about mania. Archives of Scientific Psychology3, 112-137.

Presentations:

Egerton, G. A., Jenzer, T. J., & Read, J. P. (November, 2016). Testing novel PTSD factor structures in college students. A poster under review at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New York, NY.

Egerton, G. A., & Read, J. P. (June, 2016). Negative affect, role involvement, and problematic alcohol use in the transition out of college. A poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), New Orleans, LA.

Egerton, G. A., Jenzer, T., & Read, J. P. (2015, June). Personality trait interactions: predicting problematic alcohol and substance use in college students. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), San Antonio, TX.

 

 

 

Tiffany JenzerTiff
3rd year PhD student
email: tjenzer@buffalo.edu

B.S. from the University of Toronto

Tiffany is a third year doctoral student. As an undergraduate, Tiffany volunteered in social psychology labs, where she gained an understanding of the experimental process. Soon after, Tiffany developed an interest in clinical psychology and worked as a lab manager at Ryerson University, where she assisted with various projects related to the development and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Tiffany’s current research interests focus on the etiological and causal relationships between PTSD and substance abuse, as well as possible treatment interventions for individuals living with this co-morbidity. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, practicing martial arts, watching movies, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.

Publications: 

Shnaider, P., Pukay-Martin, N. D., Sharma, S., Jenzer, T., Fredman, S. J., Macdonald, A., & Monson, C. M. (2015). A preliminary examination of the effects of pretreatment relationship satisfaction on treatment outcomes in cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice4, 229-238.

Wagner, A.C., Torbit, L., Jenzer, T., Landy, M.S.H., Pukay-Martin, N.D., Macdonald, A., Fredman, S.J., & Monson, C.M. (in press). The role of posttraumatic growth in a randomized controlled trial ofcognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Poster Presentations: 

Schnaider, P., Pukay-Martin, N. D., Sharma, S., Jenzer, T., Fredman, S. J., Macdonald, A., & Monson, C. M. (2014, November). Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD: Does Pre-Treatment Relationship Adjustment Matter? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress, New Orleans, LA.

Wagner, A. C., Torbit, L., Jenzer, T., Landy, M. S. H., Pukay-Martin, N. D., Macdonald, A., Fredman, S. J., & Monson, C. M. (2014, November). Posttraumatic Growth with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress, New Orleans, LA.

Wanklyn, S. G, Landy, M. S. H., Brankley, A. E., Jenzer, T., & Monson, C. M. (2014, November). Malingered PTSD: Utility of the Emotional Stroop Task. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress, New Orleans, LA.

Jenzer, T., Egerton, G., & Read, J. (2015, June). Trauma and Distress in the Adoption of Drinking to Cope in First Year College Students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

Egerton, G., Jenzer, T., & Read, J. (2015, June). Personality Trait Interactions: Predicting Problematic Alcohol and Substance                  Use in College Students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

J.A. Blayney, Jenzer, T., J. P. Read, Sweeney, C. (2015, June). Alcohol Use and Other Risky Behaviors in Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients: Application of the NIAAA Screening Guide. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

Jenzer, T., Read, J.P., Penque, A.M. (2016, June). Problematic Drinking Trajectories Among College Binge Drinkers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, New Orleans, LA.

Egerton, G.A., Jenzer, T., Read, J.P. (2016, June). Negative affect, Role involvement, and Problematic Alcohol Use in the Transition Out of College. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, New Orleans, LA.

Egerton, G.A., Jenzer, T., Read, J.P. (accepted). Testing novel PTSD factor structures data in college students. Poster to be presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Jenzer, T., Egerton, G.A., Read, J.P, Braun, A.C. (accepted). Coping Changes in College: Evidence for Stable Positive Coping and Decreasing Negative Coping Trajectories. Poster to be presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

 

 

Lauren Rodriguez
2nd year PhD student
email: lr66@buffalo.edu

B.A. Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Lauren is a second year doctoral student in the Alcohol Research Lab. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergrad, she worked in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Treatment and Research Lab and completed an honors thesis testing the efficacy of a self-help stress reduction intervention for individuals suffering with Crohn’s Disease. She also worked for two years at the University of Pennsylvania’s Treatment Research Center (TRC) coordinating clinical trials for alcohol and cocaine dependence. Lauren’s research interests focus on emotional processes and how they contribute to the interplay between PTSD and problematic alcohol use. Currently, she is working on her 2nd year project, which investigates the role of Emotional Reactivity on Alcohol Urge in individuals with PTSD.

In her free time, Lauren loves to salsa dance, watch movies, and go to the park with her Pomeranian named Muffin.

 

 

Rachael Smithunnamed
2nd year Masters student
email: rsmith36@buffalo.edu

B.A. Psychology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Rachael is a second year masters student earning her masters degree in general psychology. She studied psychology as an undergrad at Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva, NY where she worked in the areas of Clinical, Cognitive and Social psychology. After undergrad, she decided to immediately start in the masters program at UB to refine her interests and gain graduate level experience. Upon the completion of her masters she intends to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Her current interests involve sexual assault and its consequences on post traumatic stress disorder and alcohol usage. In Rachael’s free time she enjoys going to the movies, Starbucks, skiing, attending NHL games and grabbing a garbage plate from her hometown of Rochester, NY.

Poster Presentations:

Smith, R., Zemer, J., Read, J.P. (2016, October) Relationship with Sexual Assault Perpetrator and Drinking Outcomes: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.