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Caitlin C. Abar

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129 Holmes Hall
Office Phone: (585) 395-5774





2010-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University
2010: Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
2006: M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
2004: B.A., Psychology/Sociology, SUNY Geneseo

Research Interests:

Social influences on youth substance use
Parenting in adolescence and emerging adulthood
Application of latent variable models on youth development
Developmentally appropriate measurement


Abar, B., Abar, C.C., & Boudreaux, E. (in press). Feasibility of audit methods in the study of disparities in substance use treatment access:  A mixed-methods approach. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Cleveland, M., Hultgren, B.A., Varvil-Weld, L., Mallett, K.A., Turrisi, R., & Abar, C.C. (in press).  Moderation of a parent-based intervention on transitions in drinking:  Examining the role of normative perceptions and attitudes among high- and low-risk first-year college students.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research.

Abar, C.C., Turrisi, R., & Mallett, K.  (in press). Parenting characteristics and differential growth trajectories of alcohol-related behaviors across the first year of college.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Varvil-Weld, L., Scaglione, N., Cleveland, M., Mallett, K.A., Turrisi, R., & Abar, C.C. (in press).  Optimizing timing and dosage: Does parent type moderate the effects of variations of a parent-based intervention to reduce college student drinking? Prevention Science.

Abar, C.C., Mallett, K.A., Turrisi, R, & Abar, B. (in press). First- and second-hand alcohol-related consequences:  Differential associations with later use.  Journal of Substance Use.

Turrisi, R., Mallett, K.A., Cleveland, M., Varvil-Weld, L., Abar, C.C., Scaglione, N. & Hultgren, B. A (2013).  Evaluation of timing and dosage of a parent based intervention to minimize college students’ alcohol consumption. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 30-40.

Abar, C.C., Abar, B., Turrisi, R. & Belden, C. (2013). Communication technology used among parents and their college teens:  Implications for college health promotion and risk prevention programs. Journal of The First‐Year Experience and Students in Transition, 25, 61-76.

Varvil-Weld, L., Mallett, K.A., Turrisi, R., Cleveland, M.J., & Abar, C.C. (2013). Are certain college students prone to experiencing excessive alcohol-related consequences? Predicting membership in a high-risk subgroup using pre-college profiles. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 542-551.

Abar, B., Abar, C.C., Lippold, M., Powers, C.J., & Manning, A.E. (2012).  Associations between reasons to attend and late high school dropout.  Learning and Individual Differences, 22, 856-861.

Varvil-Weld, L, Mallett, K., Turrisi, R., & Abar, C.C. (2012). Using parental profiles to predict membership in a subset of college students experiencing excessive alcohol consequences: Findings from a longitudinal study.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 434-443.  PMID: 22456248

Abar, C.C. (2012). Examining the relationship between parenting types and patterns of student alcohol‐related behavior during the transition to college.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 2-29.  PMID: 21842968

Abar, C.C., Morgan, N., Small, M., & Maggs, J. (2012). Investigating associations between parental alcohol‐related messages and college student drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 71-79.  PMID: 22152664

Mallett, K., Turrisi, R., Ray, A., Stapelton, J., Mastroleo, N., Abar, C., Tollison, S., Grossbard, J., & Larimer, M. (2011). Do parents know best?  Examining the relationship between parenting profiles, prevention efforts, and high-risk drinking in college students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 2904-2927.

Abar, C.C., Fernandez, A., & Wood, M. (2011). Parent‐teen communication and pre‐college alcohol involvement: A latent class analysis.  Addictive Behaviors, 36, 1357-1360.  PMID: 21864983

Small, M., Morgan, N., Abar, C., & Maggs, J. (2011). Protective effects of parent-college student communication during the first semester of college.  Journal of American College Health, 59, 547-555. PMID: 21660810

Mallett, K.A., Marzell, M., Varvil-Weld, L., Turrisi, R., Guttman, K., & Abar, C. (2011). One-time or repeat offenders? An examination of the patterns of alcohol-related consequences experienced by college students across the freshman year. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 508-511.  PMID: 21276662 PMCID: PMC3063062

Abar, C., Turrisi, Abar, B. (2010). Tailgating as a unique context for parental modeling on college student alcohol use.  Journal of Adolescence, 967, 1-4.  PMID: 20561673

Turrisi, R., Abar, C., Mallett, K., & Jaccard, J. (2010).  An examination of the mediational effects of cognitive and attitudinal factors of a parent intervention to reduce college drinking. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 2500-2526.  PMID: 21318080 PMCID: PMC3035912

Abar, C., & Maggs, J.L. (2010). Social influence and selection processes as predictors of normative perceptions and alcohol use across the transition to college. Journal of College Student Development, 51, 496-508.  PMID: 21072330 PMCID: PMC2976626

Abar, C., Abar, B., & Turrisi, R. (2009). The impact of parental modeling and permissibility on alcohol use and experienced negative drinking consequences in college. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 542-547.  PMID: 19398278 PMCID: PMC2716564

Abar, C., & Turrisi, R. (2008).  How important are parents during the college years? A longitudinal perspective of indirect influences parents yield on their college teens’ alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 1360-1368.  PMID: 18635318 PMCID: PMC2553886

Patrick, M. E., Maggs, J. L., & Abar, C. (2007). Reasons to have sex, personal goals, and sexual behavior during the transition to college. The Journal of Sex Research, 44, 240-249.  PMID: 17879167


Turrisi, R., Ray, A., & Abar, C.  (2010). Are we done parenting?: Examining the relationship of parental monitoring to prevent high-risk alcohol consumption in college students.  In J. Jaccard, P. Dittus, and V. Guilamo-Ramos (Eds.), Parental monitoring of adolescents.  NY: Guilford Press.

Patrick, M. E., Abar, C., & Maggs, J. L. (2008). Adolescent drinking. Encyclopedia of the life course and human development. Gale: Farmington Hills, MI.





2013-2014: NIAAA funded Loan Repayment Grant Renewal Award
2012: Senior Fellow, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University
2012: Research Excellence Award, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
2011-2013: NIAAA funded Loan Repayment Grant Award
2011: NIAAA funded Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
2009-2010: NIAAA Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award: F31 AA018063-01A1
2009-2011: Society for Prevention Research Early Career Prevention Network Scholarship
2009: Society for Prevention Research Sloboda and Bukoski Cup Competition Winner
2008: Penn State Grace Henderson Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student
2006-2010: NIAAA funded Research Society on Alcoholism Student Merit Award
2005: The Pennsylvania State University Outstanding Graduate Award
2004: Phi Beta Kappa


PSH 684 – Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSH 203 – Statistics Lab
PSH 202 – Introductory Statistics
PSH 384 – Child Psychology
PSH 484 – Adolescence


Curriculum Vitae