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L.A.R. Stein, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychology, URI
  • Director of Research, Rhode Island Training School, Founder, Juvenile Forensic Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Program Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University
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Dr. Stein is a faculty member in the Psychology Dept at the University of RI (URI) and part of the Cancer Prevention Research Center (CPRC) within the Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC) of URI. The SSRC and CPRC are dedicated to studying behavior change as it relates to reducing health risks and enhancing health.

Dr. Stein is also an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of Brown University and is a member of the training faculty at Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS).

Prior to taking a position at URI, Dr. Stein was a faculty member of CAAS for 8 years, where she served on the selection and training committees for the Center’s research fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

She founded and directed Brown University’s Juvenile Forensic Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Program. Her primary area of interest is in substance abuse and other risky behaviors in forensic populations, especially juveniles.

Specifically, she studies treatment and assessment of these behaviors, including issues related to ethnic/racial bias. Publications include detection of under-reported substance abuse in juvenile correctional facilities, methods for enhancing treatment engagement during incarceration, family treatment for incarcerated juveniles, and reduction of at-risk behaviors after release.

Dr. Stein is a licensed clinical psychologist and is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIDA/NIAAA-funded grants studying assessment and treatment of incarcerated adults and adolescents. Targeted phenomena in these grants include group processes, reduction of substance use and risky sexual behavior, motivation to change, and more.


Original Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Stein, L. A. R., Graham, J. R., & Williams, C. L. (1995). Detecting Fake-Bad MMPI-A Profiles. Journal of Personality Assessment, 65(3), 415-427. PMID: 16367708

McNulty, J. L., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & Stein, L. A. R. (1997). Comparative Validity of MMPI-2 Scores of African American and Caucasian Mental Health Center Clients. Psychological Assessment, 9, 464-470.

Stein, L. A. R., McClinton, B. K., & Graham, J. R. (1998). Long-Term Stability of MMPI-A Validity, Clinical, Content, Supplementary, and PSY-Scales. Journal of Personality Assessment, 70, 103-08. PMID: 9615426

Stein, L. A. R., & Graham, J. R. (1999). Detecting Fake-Good MMPI-A Profiles in a Correctional Facility. Psychological Assessment, 11, 386-395.

Stein, L. A. R., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (1999). Using the MMPI-2 to Detect Substance Abuse in an Outpatient Mental Health Setting. Psychological Assessment, 11, 94-100.

McGrath, R. E., Pogge, D., Stein, L. A. R., Graham, J. R., Zaccario, M., & Piacentini, T. (2000). Development of an Infrequency-Psychopathology Scale for the MMPI-A: The F(p)-A Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 74, 282-295. PMID: 10879356

Stein, L. A. R., & Graham, J. R. (2001). Use of the MMPI-A to Detect Substance Abuse in a Juvenile Correctional Setting. Journal of Personality Assessment, 77, 508-523.

Graham, J. R., Barthlow, D. L., Stein, L. A. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J.L. (2002). Assessing General Maladjustment With the MMPI-2. Journal of Personality Assessment, 78,334-347. PMID: 12067197

Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., O’Leary, T., Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D., Spirito, A., Riggs, S., & Barnett, N. P. (2002). Response Distortion in Adolescents Who Smoke: A Pilot Study. Journal of Drug Education, 32(4), 271-286. PMCID: PMC2867081

Stein, L. A. R., & Lebeau-Craven, R. (2002). Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention for DWI: A Pilot Study. Journal of Drug Issues, 32(4), 1051-1070. PMCID: PMC2871705

Lebeau-Craven, R., Stein, L. A. R., Barnett, N., Colby, S., Smith, J., & Canto, A. (2003). Prevalence of Alcohol and Drug Use in an Adolescent Training Facility. Substance Use and Misuse, 38, 825-834. PMCID: PMC2860866

Mello, M. J., Woolard, R. H., Nirenberg, T., Becker, B., Baird, J., Longabaugh, R., & Stein, L. A. R. (2005). Emergency Department Brief Motivational Interventions for Alcohol With Motor Vehicle Crash Patients. Annals of Emergency Medicine45(6), 620-625. PMCID: PMC2754120

Slavet, J., Stein, L. A. R., Moroney-Klein, J., Colby, S., Barnett, N., & Monti, P. (2005). Piloting the Family Check-Up with Incarcerated Adolescents and Their Parents. Psychological Services2, 123-132. PMCID: PMC2743104

Stein, L. A. R., & Graham, J. R. (2005). Ability of Substance Abusers to Escape Detection on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) in a Juvenile Correctional Facility. Assessment, 12(1), 28-39. PMCID: PMC2860861

Stein, L. A. R., Lebeau-Craven, R., Martin, R., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M., Golembeske, C., & Penn, J. (2005). Use of the Adolescent SASSI in a Juvenile Correctional Setting. Assessment12, 384-394. PMCID: PMC2862452

Penn, J. V., Esposito, C., Stein, L. A. R., Lacher-Katz, M., & Spirito, A. (2006). Juvenile Correctional Workers’ Perceptions of Suicide Risk Factors and Mental Health Issues of Incarcerated Juveniles. Journal of Correctional Health Care11(4), 333-346. PMCID: PMC2756687

Rosengard, C., Stein, L. A. R., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., & Lebeau-Craven, R. (2006). Co-Occurring Sexual Risk and Substance Use Behaviors Among Incarcerated Adolescents. Journal of Correctional Health Care12(4), 279-287. PMCID: PMC2743101

Slavet, J., Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S., Barnett, N., Monti, P., Golembeske, C., & Lebeau-Craven, R. (2006). The Marijuana Ladder: Measuring Motivation to Change Marijuana Use in Incarcerated Adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence83, 42-48. PMCID: PMC2754131

Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., & Lebeau-Craven, R. (2006). Effects of Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Adolescents on Driving Under the Influence After Release. American Journal of Addictions, 15, 50-57PMCID: PMC2754141

Stein, L. A. R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., Lebeau-Craven, R., & Miranda, R. (2006). Enhancing Substance Abuse Treatment Engagement in Incarcerated Adolescents. Psychological Services3, 25-34PMCID: PMC2898284

Stein, L. A. R., Katz, B., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Golembeske, C., Lebeau-Craven, R., & Monti, P. M. (2006). Validity and Reliability of the Alcohol Expectancy Questionnaire-Adolescent, Brief. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 16(2),115-125. PMCID: PMC2836596

Baird, J., Longabaugh, R., Lee, C., Nirenberg, T., Woolard, R., Mello, M., Becker, B., Carty, K., Minugh, A., Stein, L. A. R., Clifford, P., & Gogineni, A. (2007). Treatment Completion in a Brief Motivational Intervention in the Emergency Department: The Effect of Multiple Interventions and Therapists’ Behavior.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(S3), 71S – 75SPMCID: PMC2728218

Lee, C. S., Longabaugh, R., Baird, J., Stein, L. A. R., Woolard, B., Mello, M., Nirenberg, T., Becker, B., Carty, K., Clifford, P., & Gogineni, A. (2007).  Do Patient Intervention Ratings Predict Alcohol-Related Consequences? Addictive Behaviors32(12), 3136-3141. PMCID: PMC2847830

Rosengard, C., Stein, L. A. R., Barnett, N. P., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C., Lebeau-Craven, R., & Miranda, R. (2007). Randomized Clinical Trial of Motivational Enhancement of Substance Use Treatment Among Incarcerated Adolescents: Post-Release Condom Non-Use. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth, 8(2), 45-64. PMCID: PMC2756690

Esposito-Smythers, C., Penn, J. V., Stein, L. A. R., Latcher-Katz, M., & Spirito, A. (2008). A Test of Problem Behavior and Self-Medication Theories in Incarcerated Adolescent Males. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse17(4), 41-56. PMCID: PMC2818064

Torrealday, O., Stein, L.A.R., Barnett, N., Golembeske, C., Lebeau, R., Colby, S. M., & Monti, M.  (2008). Validation of the Marijuana Effect Expectancy Questionnaire-Brief.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 17(4), 1-17. NIHMSID: NIHMS134915

Stein, L.A.R., Minugh, P.A., Longabaugh, R., Wirtz, P., Baird, J., Nirenberg, T.D., Woolard, R.F., Carty, K., Lee, C., Mello, M., Becker, B., & Gogineni, A.  (2009).  Effects of Brief Motivational Intervention on Alcohol-Related Consequences for Hazardous Drinkers Found in the Emergency Department: Impact of Readiness to Change as Treatment Mediator. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(2), 185-195. PMCID: PMC2754149

Woolard, R., Baird, J., Mello, M., Lee, C., Harington, M., Nirenberg, T., Becker, B., Stein, L.A.R. & Longabaugh, R. (2009). Injuries, Negative Consequences and Risk Behaviors Among Both Injured and Uninjured Emergency Department Patients who Admit to Using Alcohol and Marijuana.  Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock, 2(1), 23-28. PMCID: PMC2700582

Colby, S. M., Leventhal, A. M., Brazil, L., Lewis-Esquerre, J., Stein, L.A.R., Rohsenow, D. J., Monti, P. M., & Niaura, R. S. (2010). Smoking Abstinence and Reinstatement Effects in Adolescent Cigarette Smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12, 19-28. PMCID: PMC2902909

Fernandez, A., Wood, M., Stein, L.A.R., & Rossi, J. (2010).  Validating a Measure of Mindfulness in Substance-Using College Students.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24(4), 608-616.  PMCID:  PMC21198223

Li, S, Dove, D, Van Den Berg, J, Lopez, R, Audet, D, Morrow, K, Stein LAR & Rosengard, C. (2010). Sexual Health Learning and Partner Communication About Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV risk: Incarcerated Adolescents’ Perspectives (Abstract). ” Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(2):S64.

Stein, L. A. R., Lebeau, R., Clair, M., Rossi, J., Martin, R. & Golembeske, C. (2010). Validation of a Measure to Assess Alcohol- and Marijuana- Related Risks and Consequences Among Incarcerated Adolescents.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 109(1-3), 104-113.  PMCID: PMC2875287

Clair, M., Stein, L. A. R., Martin, R., Barnett, N. P., Colby, S. M., Monti, P. M., Golembeske, C. & Lebeau, R.,  (2011). Motivation to Change Alcohol Use and Treatment Engagement in Incarcerated Youth. Addictive Behaviors, 36(6), 674-680.  NIHMSID: NIHMS275939

Clarke, JG, Martin, RM, Stein, LAR, Lopes, CE, Mello, J, Friedmann, P & Bock , B (2011). Working Inside for Smoking Elimination (Project W.I.S.E.) Study Design and Rationale to Prevent Return to Smoking After Release From a Smoke Free Prison. BMC Public Health, 11:767.  PMCID:  PMC21974746

Stein, L.A.R., Colby, S., Barnett, N.P., Lebeau, R., Monti, P. Golembeske, C. (2011). Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Adolescents: Effects of Depressive Symptoms on Reducing Alcohol and Marijuana Use After Release.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72(3), 497–506.  NIHMSID: NIHMS287389

Stein, L.A.R., Lebeau, R., Clair, M., Colby, S., Barnett, N.P., Monti, P. Golembeske, C. (2011). Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Substance-Related Consequences: Effects for Incarcerated Adolescents with Depressed Mood.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 118(2-3), 475-478.  PMCID:  PMC21531089

Stein, L.A.R., Lebeau, R., Clair, M., Martin, R., Bryant, M., Storti, S. & Monti, P.  (2011). A Web-Based Study of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB): Patterns, Experiences, and Functions of Use.  American Journal on the Addictions, 20(1), 30-39.  PMCID: PMC3065821

Tolou-shams, M., Houck, C., Conrad, S.M., Tarantino, N., Stein, L.A.R., & Brown, L.K.  (2011).  HIV Prevention of Juvenile Drug Court Offenders:  A Randomized Controlled Trial Focusing on Affect Management. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 17(3), 226-232. PMCID: PMC3445619

Clarke, JG, Gold, MA, Simon, RE, Roberts, MB & Stein, LAR (2012).  Motivational Interviewing with Computer Assistance as an Intervention to Empower Women to Make Contraceptive Choices While Incarcerated: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials, 13:101.  PMCID:  PMC3487955

Friedmann PD, Hoskinson R, Gordon M, Schwartz R, Kinlock T, Knight K, Flynn PM, Welsh WN, Stein LAR, Sacks S, O’Connell DJ, Knudsen HK, Shafer MS, Hall E, Frisman LK for the MAT Working Group of CJ-DATS (2012).  Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Agencies Affiliated with the Criminal Justice-Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS):  Availability, Barriers & Intentions. Substance Abuse, 33(1), 9-18.  PMCID:  PMC22263709

Reavy, R., Stein, L. A. R., Paiva, A., Quina, K., & Rossi, J. S. (2012). Validation of the Delinquent Activities Scale for Incarcerated Adolescents. Addictive Behaviors37, 875-879.  PMCID:PMC3356453

Rosengard, C., Tannis, C., Dove, D. C., van den Berg, J., Lopez, R., Morrow, K., & Stein, L. A. R. (2012). Family and Other Sources of Sexual Health Information, Main Messages, and Sexual Behavior of At-Risk, Urban Adolescents. American Journal of Health Education, 43(2), 83-92.  DOI:  10.1080/19325037.2012.10599223.

Spas, J, Ramsey, S, Paiva, AL & Stein, LAR (2012).  All Might Have Won, But Not All Have the Prize: Optimal Treatment for Substance Abuse Among Adolescents with Conduct Problems. Substance Abuse, 6, 141–155.  PMCID: PMC3498967

Stein, L.A.R., Clair, M., Lebeau, R., Prochaska, J.O., Rossi, J. S. & Swift, J. (2012). Facilitating Grant Proposal Writing in Health Behaviors for University Faculty:  A Descriptive Study. Health Promotion Practice, 13(1), 71-80.  PMCID:  PMC21444921

Stein LAR, Lebeau R, Clair M, Martin R, Bryant M & Storti S. (2012). Preliminary Web-Based Measures Development for GHB: Expectancies, Functions, and Withdrawal. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 38(2): 121-129.  PMCID:  PMC22175869

Clarke, J. G., Stein, L. A. R., Martin, R. A., Martin, S. A., Parker, D., Lopes, C. E., McGovern, A. R., Simon, R., Roberts, M., Friedman, P., Bock, B. (2013). Forced Smoking Abstinence:  Not Enough for Smoking Cessation.  Journal of the American Medical Association-Internal Medicine. PMID: 23567902.

Reavy, R., Stein, L.A.R., Quina, K., & Paiva, A. (2014).  Assessing Conduct Disorder: A New Measurement Approach.  Journal of Correctional Healthcare.  PMID: 24241820.

Soenksen, S., Stein, L.A.R., Brown, J., Stengel, J., Rossi, J. & Lebeau, R. (2015). Cannabis Withdrawal Among Detained Adolescents:  Exploring the Impact of Nicotine and Race. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance AbusePMCID: PMC4331066.

Books and Book Chapters

Butcher, J. N., Ben-Porath, Y. S., Shondrick, D. D., Stafford, K. P., McNulty, J. L., Graham, J. R., Stein, L. A. R., Whitworth, R. H., & McBlaine, D. D. (2000). Cultural and subcultural factors in MMPI-2 interpretation. In J. N. Butcher (Ed.), Basic sources on the MMPI-2 (pp. 501-536). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Stein, L. A. R., Hesselbrock, V., & Bukstein, O. (2008). Disruptive behavior disorders (conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder) and adolescent substance abuse. In Y. Kaminer & O. G. Bukstein (Eds.), Adolescent substance abuse: Psychiatric co-morbidity & high risk behaviors (pp. 163-180). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Stein, L. A. R., & Rogers, R. (2008). Misreporting of substance abuse. In R. Rogers (Ed.), Clinical assessment of malingering and deception (3rd ed.; chapter 6; pp. 87-108). NY: Guilford Press.

Stein, L.A.R. (2010).  Motivational Interviewing for substance-abusing youth in the justice system.  In S. Naar-King & M. Suarez (Eds.) and Miller, W. & Rollnick, S. (Co-Eds.), Motivational Interviewing with adolescents and families. NY: Guilford Press.

Sampling of Presentations and Conferences

Invited Expert Panelist

Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders for Adolescents Involved in the Juvenile Justice System (Chair:  R. Muck, M. Ed.); co-sponsors:  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) & the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Rockville, Maryland, 2006.

New Directions RI:  A Public Safety & Health Approach to Drug Policy (Chair:  B. Brockman, Esq.); co-sponsors: Center for Prisoner Health & Human Rights, Drug Policy Alliance; Providence, RI, 2012. 


Rosengard, C., Morrow, K., Dove, D., Stein, L. A. R., Lopez, R., Audet, D., & Stein, M. (2007, April).  Association between substance use and sexual risk among incarcerated adolescents: The role of partner type, relationship stage, and reasons for condom non-use.  Poster presented at the 2007 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE).  Washington, DC.

Pasupuleti, R., Lebeau, R., Clair, M., White, B., & Spas, J. (November, 2009). Incarcerated adolescents: Treatment, Training and Research. Symposium session (Chair: LAR Stein; Discussant: S. Little), Proceedings from the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Clair, M., Stein, L.A.R., Lebeau, R., Martin, R., & Golembeske, C. (August, 2011). Ethnicity as a moderator of Motivational Interviewing for incarcerated adolescents. American Psychological Association Annual conference (Division 45-Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Washington, D.C.

Lamb, A., Dove, D. C., van den Berg, J. V., Lopez, R., Stein, L. A. R., Rosengard, C. (August, 2011). Psychiatric distress, sexual risk behaviors, and substance use among incarcerated adolescents. To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Stein, LAR, Signore, A., Martin, R., Lebeau, R. et al (June, 2011). A Group Process Questionnaire for Incarcerated Youth: Validity for Coding Individual-Level Behaviors in Substance Treatment. Research Society on Alcoholism Annual conference, Atlanta, GA.

Martin, RM, Stein, LAR, Clair, M & Hurlbut, W (2012, October).  Treating Risky HIV Behaviors in Incarcerated Adolescents.  The 140th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Prendergast, M., Welsh, W., Melnick, G., Stein, L.A.R. & Duvall, J.  (2012, October). Influence of Organizational and Staff Characteristics on Success in Implementing Process Improvement Goals in Correctional Treatment Settings:  A Preliminary Analysis.  Addiction Health Services Meeting, New York, NY.

Invited Presentations

“Discrepancies in Reported Teen Behaviors during Intervention for an Alcohol-Related Emergency Room Visit:” NIAAA, Indianapolis, IN, December 1999; National.

“Preliminary Findings of a Randomized Clinical Trial in a Juvenile Correctional Setting:” NIDA, Rockville, MD, December 2004; National.

“Description and Preliminary Findings of Two Brief Interventions for Incarcerated Adolescents (In symposium, Cutting-Edge Treatment for Adolescent Substance Abuse, M. W. Racioppo, Chair):” AACAP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October, 2005; National.

“The Continuum of Care for Incarcerated Juveniles (In panel, Research on Adolescent Continuing Care Across the Service Spectrum: Implications for Practice, M. Godley, Chair):” NIDA/NIAAA/CSAT Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness, Washington, DC, March, 2006; National.

“Assessing and Treating Mental Health, Substance Use, and Related Critical Issues in Justice-Involved Adolescents” (Chair and Discussant):” Panel presentation, NIDA/NIAAA/CSAT Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness, Washington, DC, April, 2007; National.

“Drug Using Justice-Involved Adolescents:  What Do We Know and What’s Next to Advance the Field? (Chair):” Panel presentation, College of Problems on Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June, 2008; International.

“Adolescent Drug Abuse Treatment with Focus on Motivational Interviewing for Justice-Involved Adolescents,” Psychology Department, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, September, 2008; Local.

“Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Adolescents:  Effects on Reducing Alcohol and Marijuana Use,” Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, July, 2010; Local.

“Research in Juvenile Justice Settings: Overview, Findings, and Future Directions,” Grand Rounds, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, November 16, 2012; Local.

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