Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Stephen Wilson, PhD

Stephen Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology
Penn State Neuroscience Institute
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Brain
  • Smokers
  • Cues
  • Tobacco Products
  • Smoking
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nicotine
  • Food
  • Craving
  • Child
  • Smoke
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Recent Publications


Baker, AN, Wilson, SJ & Hayes, JE 2021, 'Flavor and product messaging are the two most important drivers of electronic cigarette selection in a choice-based task', Scientific reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 4689.
Weigard, A, Wilson, SJ, Shapiro, Z, Galloway-Long, H & Huang-Pollock, C 2021, 'Neural correlates of working memory’s suppression of aversive olfactory distraction effects', Brain Imaging and Behavior.
Lydon-Staley, DM, MacLean, RR, Falk, EB, Bassett, DS & Wilson, SJ 2021, 'The feasibility of an in-scanner smoking lapse paradigm to examine the neural correlates of lapses', Addiction Biology.
Ashe, ML & Wilson, SJ 2021, 'Very Light Daily Smoking in Young Adults: Relationships between Nicotine Dependence and Lapse', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 327-333.


Ashe, ML & Wilson, SJ 2020, 'A brief review of choice bundling: A strategy to reduce delay discounting and bolster self-control', Addictive Behaviors Reports, vol. 11, 100262.
Kling, SMR, Pearce, AL, Reynolds, ML, Garavan, H, Geier, CF, Rolls, BJ, Rose, EJ, Wilson, SJ & Keller, KL 2020, 'Development and Pilot Testing of Standardized Food Images for Studying Eating Behaviors in Children', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 1729.


Dawood, S, Hallquist, MN, Pincus, AL, Ram, N, Newman, MG, Wilson, SJ & Levy, KN 2020, 'Comparing Signal-Contingent and Event-Contingent Experience Sampling Ratings of Affect in a Sample of Psychotherapy Outpatients', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 13-24.
Wilson, SJ & Sayette, MA 2019, Craving in substance use disorders with a focus on cigarette smoking. in Neuroscience of Nicotine: Mechanisms and Treatment. Elsevier, pp. 199-204.
Ellison, WD, Levy, KN, Newman, MG, Pincus, AL, Wilson, SJ & Molenaar, PCM 2019, 'Dynamics Among Borderline Personality and Anxiety Features in Psychotherapy Outpatients: An Exploration of Nomothetic and Idiographic Patterns', Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
Yingst, JM, Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Trushin, N, Eissenberg, TT, Williams, J, Richie, JP, Nichols, TT, Wilson, SJ & Hobkirk, AL 2019, 'Nicotine absorption during electronic cigarette use among regular users', PloS one, vol. 14, no. 7, e0220300.


Keller, KL, English, LK, Fearnbach, SN, Lasschuijt, M, Anderson, K, Bermudez, M, Fisher, JO, Rolls, BJ & Wilson, S 2018, 'Brain response to food cues varying in portion size is associated with individual differences in the portion size effect in children', Appetite, vol. 125, pp. 139-151.
Weigard, A, Beltz, A, Reddy, SN & Wilson, SJ 2019, 'Characterizing the role of the pre-SMA in the control of speed/accuracy trade-off with directed functional connectivity mapping and multiple solution reduction', Human Brain Mapping, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 1829-1843.
English, LK, Masterson, TD, Fearnbach, SN, Tanofsky-Kraff, M, Fisher, J, Wilson, S, Rolls, BJ & Keller, KL 2019, 'Increased brain and behavioural susceptibility to portion size in children with loss of control eating', Pediatric Obesity, vol. 14, no. 2, e12436.
Scala, JW, Levy, KN, Johnson, BN, Kivity, Y, Ellison, WD, Pincus, AL, Wilson, SJ & Newman, MG 2018, 'The role of negative affect and self-concept clarity in predicting self-injurious urges in borderline personality disorder using ecological momentary assessment', Journal of personality disorders, vol. 32, pp. 36-57.


Hobkirk, A, Nichols, TT, Foulds, J, Yingst, JM, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Richie, J, Eissenberg, T & Wilson, S 2018, 'Changes in resting state functional brain connectivity and withdrawal symptoms are associated with acute electronic cigarette use', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 56-63.
MacLean, RR, Pincus, AL, Smyth, JM, Geier, CF & Wilson, SJ 2018, 'Extending the Balloon Analogue Risk Task to Assess Naturalistic Risk Taking via a Mobile Platform', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 107-116.
English, LK, Fearnbach, SN, Wilson, SJ, Fisher, JO, Savage, JS, Rolls, BJ & Keller, KL 2017, 'Food portion size and energy density evoke different patterns of brain activation in children', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 105, no. 2, pp. 295-305.
MacLean, RR, Martino, S, Carroll, KM, Smyth, JM, Pincus, AL & Wilson, SJ 2017, 'Momentary associations between reported craving and valuing health in daily smokers', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 716-722.
Manglani, HR, Lewis, AH, Wilson, SJ & Delgado, MR 2017, 'Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer of nicotine and food cues in deprived cigarette smokers', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 670-676.
Johnson, BN, Ashe, ML & Wilson, SJ 2017, 'Self-control capacity as a predictor of borderline personality disorder features, problematic drinking, and their co-occurrence', Journal of personality disorders, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 289-305.
Zelle, SL, Gates, KM, Fiez, JA, Sayette, MA & Wilson, SJ 2017, 'The first day is always the hardest: Functional connectivity during cue exposure and the ability to resist smoking in the initial hours of a quit attempt', NeuroImage, vol. 151, pp. 24-32.

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