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Robert J. Turrisi, PhD

Robert J. Turrisi, PhD

Professor, Biobehavioral Health
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC)
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Alcohols
  • Students
  • Drinking
  • Alcohol Drinking in College
  • Tanning
  • Parents
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Skin
  • Drinking Behavior
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Melanoma
  • Self-Examination

Recent Publications


Trager, BM, Sell, NM, Hultgren, BA, Turrisi, R, Morgan, RM & Labrie, JW 2023, 'A Comparison of Parents’ and Students’ Reports of General and Alcohol-Specific Parenting Behaviors Across the Four Years of College', Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, vol. 84, no. 2, pp. 235-244.
Scaglione, NM, Ward, RM, Buben, A & Turrisi, R 2024, 'Alcohol's Role in Sexual Decision Making in First-Year College Women: An Event-Level Assessment', Psychology of Women Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 121-132.
Richards, VL, Turrisi, RJ, Glenn, SD, Waldron, KA, Rodriguez, GC, Mallett, KA & Russell, MA 2023, 'Alcohol-induced blackouts among college student drinkers: A multilevel analysis', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 143, 107706.
Russell, MA, Smyth, JM, Turrisi, R & Rodriguez, GC 2023, 'Baseline Protective Behavioral Strategy Use Predicts More Moderate Transdermal Alcohol Concentration Dynamics and Fewer Negative Consequences of Drinking in Young Adults’ Natural Settings', Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
Richards, VL, Glenn, SD, Turrisi, RJ, Altstaedter, A, Mallett, KA & Russell, MA 2023, 'Does it really matter that I do not remember my night? Consequences related to blacking out among college student drinkers', Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 47, no. 9, pp. 1798-1805.
Glenn, SD, Turrisi, R, Mallett, KA, Waldron, KA & Lenker, LK 2024, 'Examination of Brief Parent-Based Interventions to Reduce Drinking Outcomes on a Nationally Representative Sample of Teenagers', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 449-457.
Glenn, SD, Turrisi, R, Hecht, ML, Russell, MA & Ray, AE 2023, 'Examining engagement with and acceptability and usability of REAL Parenting: A brief online parent-based intervention to reduce alcohol use and consequences among high school students', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 143, 107673.
Napper, LE, Trager, BM, LaBrie, JW & Turrisi, R 2023, '“Let's Not Talk About It”: Parents' Reasons for Not Discussing Alcohol Use With Emerging Adult Children', Journal of Adolescent Health.


Napper, LE, Trager, BM, Turrisi, R & LaBrie, JW 2022, 'Assessing parents’ motives for talking about alcohol with their emerging adult children', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 125, 107155.
LaBrie, JW, Trager, BM, Morgan, RM, Boyle, SC, Taylor, JE & Turrisi, R 2022, 'Do the effects of parent-based alcohol interventions depend on college residence? A short communication', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 129, 107257.
McClain, LM, Hultgren, BA, Geisner, IM, Mallett, KA, Turrisi, R & Larimer, ME 2022, 'Emotion-based decision-making as a predictor of alcohol-related consequences in college students', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 124, 107083.
Glenn, SD, Turrisi, R, Waldron, KA, Mallett, KA, Russell, MA & Reavy, RR 2022, 'Examining the impact of early college experiences on the cumulative number of alcohol-related consequences', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 132, 107357.
Waldron, KA, Wolfe, E, Plisiewicz, A, Turrisi, RJ & Romano, E 2022, 'Long-term impact of familismo and ethnic identity on latinx college student drinking and high-risk consequences', Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
Doumas, DM, Russo, GM, Miller, R, Esp, S, Mastroleo, NR & Turrisi, R 2022, 'Sensation seeking and adolescent drinking: Do protective behavioral strategies lower risk?', Journal of Counseling and Development, vol. 100, no. 4, pp. 352-363.
Myrick, JG, Waldron, KA, Cohen, O, DiRusso, C, Shao, R, Cho, E, Willoughby, JF & Turrisi, R 2022, 'The Effects of Embedded Skin Cancer Interventions on Sun-Safety Attitudes and Attention Paid to Tan Women on Instagram', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 13, 838297.
Russell, MA, Turrisi, RJ & Smyth, JM 2022, 'Transdermal sensor features correlate with ecological momentary assessment drinking reports and predict alcohol-related consequences in young adults’ natural settings', Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 100-113.
Mallett, KA, Turrisi, R, Reavy, R, Sell, N, Waldron, KA, Scaglione, N & Ackerman, SD 2022, 'What Predicts Willingness to Experience Negative Consequences in College Student Drinkers?', Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, vol. 83, no. 5, pp. 704-711.


Doumas, DM, Esp, S, Turrisi, R & Bond, L 2021, 'A Randomized Controlled Trial of the eCHECKUP to GO for High School Seniors across the Academic Year', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 56, no. 13, pp. 1923-1932.
Hultgren, BA, Waldron, KA, Mallett, KA & Turrisi, R 2021, 'Alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine use as predictors of impaired driving and riding with an impaired driver among college students who engage in polysubstance use', Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol. 160, 106341.
Scaglione, NM, Turrisi, R, Sell, NM, Mallett, KA & Cleveland, MJ 2022, 'An Ecological Momentary Assessment of College Women’s Decisions to Use Protective Behavioral Strategies', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 37, no. 15-16, pp. NP13291-NP13314.
Waldron, KA, Turrisi, RJ, Mallett, KA & Romano, E 2021, 'Examining parental permissiveness toward drinking and perceived ethnic discrimination as risk factors for drinking outcomes among Latinx college students', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 118, 106900.
Trager, BM, Koning, IM & Turrisi, R 2021, 'Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the parental rules toward adolescent drinking questionnaire: Two factors are better than the original one', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 117, 106855.
Waldron, KA, Mallett, KA, Turrisi, RJ, Reavy, R, Wolfe, E & Plisiewicz, A 2021, 'Motivations to combine alcohol and nicotine in college students: A validation of the Alcohol and Nicotine Motives Scale', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 112, 106645.
Trager, BM, Linden-Carmichael, AN, Morgan, RM, Mallett, KA, Turrisi, R & LaBrie, J 2021, 'The Prospective Effects of Parents’ and Friends’ Approval of Drinking on Simultaneous Alcohol and Marijuana Use during College', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 56, no. 14, pp. 2269-2274.


Graupensperger, S, Turrisi, R, Jones, D & Evans, MB 2021, 'Dynamic characteristics of groups and individuals that amplify adherence to perceived drinking norms in college club sport teams: A longitudinal multilevel investigation.', Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 351-365.
Doumas, DM, Esp, S, Turrisi, R, Bond, L & Flay, B 2020, 'Efficacy of the echeckup to go for high school seniors: Sex differences in risk factors, protective behavioral strategies, and alcohol use', Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 135-143.
Hultgren, BA, Scaglione, NM, Buben, A & Turrisi, R 2020, 'Examining protocol compliance and self-report congruence between daily diaries and event-contingent ecological momentary assessments of college student drinking', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 110, 106471.
Graupensperger, S, Turrisi, R, Jones, D & Evans, MB 2020, 'Longitudinal Associations Between Perceptions of Peer Group Drinking Norms and Students' Alcohol Use Frequency Within College Sport Teams', Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 541-552.
Robinson, JK, Abou-el-Seoud, D, Reavy, R, Turrisi, R & Mallett, KA 2020, 'Persistence of partner-assisted skin self-examination supported by ‘being in this together’: a randomized trial', British Journal of Dermatology, vol. 183, no. 3, pp. 571-573.
Robinson, JK, Reavy, R, Mallett, KA & Turrisi, R 2020, 'Remote skin self-examination training of melanoma survivors and their skin check partners: A randomized trial and comparison with in-person training', Cancer medicine, vol. 9, no. 19, pp. 7301-7309.
Doumas, DM, Esp, S, Turrisi, R, Bond, L, Porchia, S & Flay, B 2020, 'Sex differences in the acceptability and short-term outcomes of a web-based personalized feedback alcohol intervention for high school seniors', Psychology in the Schools, vol. 57, no. 11, pp. 1724-1740.
Reavy, R, Turrisi, R & Mallett, K 2021, 'Single-Parent Families: An Underserved Population for Adolescent Alcohol Interventions?', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 241-242.