Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Stephen Wilson, PhD

Stephen Wilson, PhD

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

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications


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.


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.


English, LK, Fearnbach, SN, Lasschuijt, M, Schlegel, A, Anderson, K, Harris, S, Wilson, SJ, Fisher, JO, Savage, JS, Rolls, BJ & Keller, KL 2016, 'Brain regions implicated in inhibitory control and appetite regulation are activated in response to food portion size and energy density in children', International Journal of Obesity, vol. 40, no. 10, pp. 1515-1522.
Fearnbach, SN, English, LK, Lasschuijt, M, Wilson, SJ, Savage, JS, Fisher, JO, Rolls, BJ & Keller, KL 2016, 'Brain response to images of food varying in energy density is associated with body composition in 7- to 10-year-old children: Results of an exploratory study', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 162, pp. 3-9.
Nichols, TT, Foulds, J, Yingst, JM, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Richie, J, Eissenberg, T & Wilson, SJ 2016, 'Cue-reactivity in experienced electronic cigarette users: Novel stimulus videos and a pilot fMRI study', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 123, pp. 23-32.
MacLean, RR, Nichols, TT, LeBreton, JM & Wilson, SJ 2016, 'Effects of cognitive load on neural and behavioral responses to smoking-cue distractors', Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 588-600.
Molenaar, PCM, Beltz, AM, Gates, KM & Wilson, SJ 2016, 'State space modeling of time-varying contemporaneous and lagged relations in connectivity maps', NeuroImage, vol. 125, pp. 791-802.
Lydon, DM, Howard, MC, Wilson, SJ & Geier, CF 2016, 'The perceived causal structures of smoking: Smoker and non-smoker comparisons', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 2042-2051.
Baweja, R, Curci, KM, Yingst, J, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Wilson, SJ, Nichols, TT, Eissenberg, T & Foulds, J 2016, 'Views of experienced electronic cigarette users', Addiction Research and Theory, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 80-88.

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