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Nicole Weiss

Biography

Laboratory Websitehttps://nhweiss7.wixsite.com/stresslab

Dr. Weiss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and Director of the Study of Trauma, Risk-taking, Emotions, and Stress Symptoms (STRESS) Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University in 2013, following completion of her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In 2013, Dr. Weiss was awarded a National Institute on Drug Abuse T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Abuse Prevention Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2016, she joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Weiss joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island in 2017. Dr. Weiss’ work has been recognized by several early career awards, including a Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science and Clinical Research Loan Repayment and Early Researcher Travel Awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse examining posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), emotion dysregulation, substance use, and HIV/sexual risk.

Research

NOTE: Dr. Weiss will be accepting new graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year

Dr. Weiss’ program of research focuses on the role of emotion dysregulation in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the risky, self-destructive, and health compromising behaviors that frequently co-occur with PTSD, most notably substance use and HIV/sexual risk behavior. In particular, her research aims to clarify the role of emotion dysregulation in the development and maintenance of PTSD, as well as explore whether maladaptive ways of responding to emotions heighten involvement in risky behaviors among individuals with PTSD. More recently, Dr. Weiss has developed an interest in the conceptualization and measurement of difficulties regulating positive emotions and examination of the role of emotion dysregulation stemming from positive emotions in PTSD and related risky behaviors. Dr. Weiss’ research also examines the influence of cultural and contextual factors, including race/ethnicity and gender, on the interrelations among PTSD, emotion dysregulation, and risky behaviors. Notably, her research in the aforementioned areas utilizes cutting-edge methods (e.g., experience sampling, psychophysiological assessment) and data analytic strategies (e.g., hierarchal linear modeling, structural equation modeling). Dr. Weiss aims to translate this basic research to applied settings.

Education

2013-2016          National Institute on Drug Abuse T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine

2013                    Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Jackson State University

2013                    Predoctoral Internship, University of Mississippi Medical Center

2007                    B.A. Psychology, Syracuse University

Publications

Selected Publications

Weiss, N. H., Bold, K. W, Sullivan, T. P., Armeli, S., & Tennen, H. (in press). Testing bidirectional associations among emotion regulation strategies and substance use: A daily diary study. Addiction.

Weiss, N. H., Tull, M. T., Dixon-Gordon, K. L., & Gratz, K. L. (in press). Assessing the negative and positive emotion-dependent nature of risky behaviors among substance dependent patients. Assessment.

Weiss, N. H., Tull, M. T., Sullivan, T. P., Dixon-Gordon, K. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2015). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and risky behaviors among trauma-exposed inpatients with substance dependence: The influence of negative and positive urgency. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 155, 147-153.

Weiss, N. H., Sullivan, T. P., & Tull, M. T. (2015). Explicating the role of emotion dysregulation in risky behaviors: A review and synthesis of the literature with directions for future research and clinical practice. Invited paper for a special issue of the journal Current Opinion in Psychology on emotion regulation, 3, 22-29.

Gratz, K. L., Weiss, N. H., & Tull, M. T. (2015). Examining emotion regulation as an outcome, mechanism, or target of psychological treatments. Invited paper for a special issue of the journal Current Opinion in Psychology on emotion regulation, 3, 85-90.

Weiss, N. H., Tull, M. T., & Gratz, K. L. (2014). A preliminary experimental examination of the effect of emotion dysregulation and impulsivity on risky behaviors among women with sexual assault-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Behavior Modification, 38, 914-939.

Weiss, N. H., Tull, M. T., Borne, M. E., & Gratz, K. L. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity and HIV-risk behaviors among substance-dependent inpatients. AIDS Care, 25, 1219-1226.

Weiss, N. H., Tull, M. T., Anestis, M. D., & Gratz, K. L. (2013). The relative and unique contributions of emotion dysregulation and impulsivity to posttraumatic stress disorder among substance dependent inpatients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 128, 45-51.

Weiss, N. H., Tull, M. T., Viana, A. G., Anestis, M. D., & Gratz, K. L. (2012). Impulsive behaviors as an emotion regulation strategy: Associations between PTSD, emotion dysregulation, and impulsive behaviors among substance dependent inpatients. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 453-458.

Tull, M. T., Weiss, N. H., Adams, C. E., & Gratz, K. L. (2012). The contribution of emotion regulation difficulties to risky sexual behavior within a sample of patients in residential substance abuse treatment. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 1084-1092.

Selected Honors and Awards

Principal Investigator, “PTSD, Negative and Positive Emotion Dysfunction, and Substance Use in IPV Victims,” National Institute on Drug Abuse, K23DA039327 (2016-2021)

National Institute of Health Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse, L30DA038349 (2014-2017)

2016 Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science

2015 APA Early Researcher Travel Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse

2010 APA Early Researcher Travel Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse

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