Lyn Stein

  • Professor
  • Department of Psychology; Clinical Psychology
  • Phone: 401.874.4261
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  • Office Location: Social Science Research Center
    130 Flagg Road
    Room 195
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  • Accepting Students: Ph.D.


PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Stein will be accepting new graduate students for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Dr. Stein is a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of RI (URI) and part of the Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC) of URI. The SSRC is dedicated to studying behavior change as it relates to reducing health risks and enhancing health.

Dr. Stein is also an Adjunct Professor within the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department of Brown University’s School of Public Health and is a member of the training faculty at Brown’s Center for Alcohol/ 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 the 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 under-served populations (e.g., those found in adult/ juvenile correctional settings and community health settings).

Areas of study: Treatment/ assessment of health risks, including issues related to ethnic/ racial bias; detection of under/ over-reported substance use; enhancing treatment engagement; family intervention/ planning; reducing at-risk behavior following facility release (correctional or hospital setting); and implementation science (e.g., uptake of evidence-based practices within systems, staff coaching/ training, use of systems-level feedback for quality assurance, cross-cultural use of evidence-based practices in health settings).

Dr. Stein is a licensed clinical psychologist and is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) studying assessment and treatment of adults/ adolescents/ families with serious co-occurring disorders and substance use problems found in community, academic, medical and correctional settings.  Targeted phenomena in these grants include group processes, reduction of substance use and risky sexual behavior, motivation to change, engagement in medications for opioid use disorders (MOUD), systems uptake of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and fidelity to those practices, wellness, quality of life, and more.


Substance abuse and other risky behaviors in forensic/ community populations, treatment and assessment of these behaviors including issues related to ethnic/racial bias. Publications include validating measures of risk-taking and group treatment process; web-based drug studies; ethnic differences in withdrawal symptoms; and processes of treatment outcome. Targeted phenomena of her research include reduction of substance use and risky sexual behavior; motivation to change; engagement in MOUD; study of health phenomena in cross-cultural contexts (e.g., adaptions of EBPs); and implementing EBPs in large organizations.


  • Kent State University, Ph.D.

Selected Publications

Sampling of 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

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.  PMID: 12556133 PMCID: PMC2867081

Slavet, J., Stein, L. A. R., Moroney-Klein, J., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P, & Monti, P. M. (2005). Piloting the Family Check-Up with incarcerated adolescents and their parents. Psychological Services, 2, 123-132. PMID: 19756250 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  PMID: 15695741 PMCID: PMC2860861

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). Readiness to change as a mediator of the effect of a brief motivational intervention on posttreatment alcohol-related consequences of injured emergency department hazardous drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(2), 185–195.  PMID: 19586135  PMCID: PMC2754149

Fernandez, A., Wood, M., Stein, L. A. R., & Rossi, J. S. (2010).  Measuring mindfulness and examining its relationship with alcohol use and negative consequences.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24(4), 608-616.

PMID: 21198223   PMCID:  PMC3924566

Stein, L. A. R., Lebeau, R., Clair, M., Rossi, J. S., 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.  PMID: 20149558  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. PMID: 21324607  PMCID: PMC3159499

Stein, L. A. R., Clair, M., Lebeau, R., Colby, S. M., Barnett, N. P., Golembeske, C., & Monti, P. M. (2011).  Motivational interviewing to reduce substance-related consequences:  Effects for incarcerated adolescents with depressed mood.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 118(2-3), 475-478.   PMID: 21531089 PMCID: PMC3153560

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. PMID: 21175918  PMCID: PMC3065821 

Reavy, R., Stein, L. A. R., Paiva, A., Quina, K., & Rossi, J. S. (2012). Validation of the delinquent activities scale for incarcerated adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 37(7), 875-879.  PMID: 22464873  PMCID: PMC3356453

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, 173(9), 789-794.  PMID: 23567902  PMCID: PMC4438989

Stein, L. A. R., Clair, M., Martin, R. A., Soenksen, S., Lebeau, R., Rohsenow, D. J., Kahler, C. W., Hurlbut, W., & Monti, P. M.  (2014). Measuring behaviors of individual adolescents during group-based substance abuse intervention. Substance Abuse Journal, 35(4), 408-417.  PMID: 25127289  PMCID: PMC4268363

Stein, L. A. R., Clair, M., Rossi, J. S., Martin, R. A., Cancilliere, M. K., & Clarke, J. G. (2015).  Gender, ethnicity and race in incarcerated and detained youth:  Services and policy implications for girls.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(1), 65-73. PMID: 25180525 PMCID: PMC4345142

Stein, L. A. R., Clair, M., Soenksen-Bassett, S., Martin, R. A. & Clarke, J. G. (2015).  Studying process and proximal outcomes of supervision for motivational interviewing.  Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9(2), 175-182.  PMID: 26417395 PMCID: PMC4582675

Bassett, S. S., Stein, L. A. R., Rossi, J. S., & Martin, R. A.  (2016).  Evaluating measures of fidelity for substance abuse group treatment with incarcerated adolescents. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 66, 9–15.  PMID: 27211991  PMCID:  PMC4879588

Gold, M. A., Tzilos, G. K., Stein, L. A. R., Anderson, B. J., Stein, M. D., Ryan, C. M., Zuckoff, A., & DiClemente, C. (2016).  A randomized controlled trial comparing computer-assisted motivational intervention to didactic educational counseling to reduce unprotected sex in female adolescents.  Journal of Adolescent Pediatric Gynecology, 29(1), 26-32.  PMID: 26514957  PMCID:  PMC4670811

Prendergast, M., Welsh, W. N., Stein, L., Lehman, W., Melnick, G., Warda, U., Shafer, M., Ulaszek, W., Rodis, E., Abdel-Salam, S., & Duvall, J. (2017).  Influence of organizational characteristics on success in implementing process improvement goals in correctional treatment settings.  The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 44(4), 625-646. PMID: 27520366  PMCID: PMC5303686

Bernstein, M. H., Stein, L. A. R., Neighbors, C., Suffoletto, B., Carey, K. B., Ferszt, G., Caron, N., & Wood, M. D. (2018).  A text message intervention to reduce 21st birthday alcohol consumption:  Evaluation of a two-group randomized controlled trial.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32(2), 149-161.  PMID: 29369673 PMCID: PMC5858983

Stein, L. A. R., Martin, R., Clair-Michaud, M., Lebeau, R., Hurlbut, W., Kahler, C. W., Monti, P. M., Rohsenow, D., (2020).  A randomized clinical trial of motivational interviewing plus skills training vs. relaxation plus education and 12-steps for substance using incarcerated youth: Effects on alcohol, marijuana and crimes of aggression. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 207(1), 1-9. PMID: 31927162 PMCID: PMC7316199

Martin, R. A., Stein, L. A. R., Rohsenow, D. J., Belenko, S., Hurley, L. E., Clarke, J. G., & Brinkley-Rubinstein, L. (2021). Using implementation interventions and peer recovery support to improve opioid treatment outcomes in community supervision: protocol. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 128, 1-6.

Oveisi, S., Stein, L. A. R., Forozan, O. & Jahed, S. (2021).  Program development using intervention mapping in primary healthcare settings to address elder abuse:  A Randomized controlled pilot study. Brain and Behavior, e02153, 1-11.

Tanzer, J. R., Redding, C. A., Mikhalyuk, I., Bennett, B., Lamoureux, B., Achin, D., Bassett, S., Martin, R., & Stein, L. A. R. (2021).  Implementing coordinated specialty care in CMHC youth and young adults with severe mental illness: Preliminary outcome assessment. Community Mental Health Journal, 57, 1348-1359.  

Tate, M. C., Roy, A., Pinchinat, M., Lund, E., Fox, J. B., Cottrill, S., Vaccaro, A. & Stein, L. A. R. (2021). Impact of being a peer recovery specialist on work and personal life:  Implications for training and supervision.  Community Mental Health Journal, 58, 193-204.

Shahnazi, H., Karimy, M., Basiri, M., Araban, M., Tavakoli, F., & Stein, L.A.R. (2021) A quasi-experimental study to improve health service quality: Implementing communication and self-efficacy skills training to primary healthcare workers in two counties in Iran. BMC Medical Education, 21(369) 1-9.

Presentations and Conferences

Invited Expert Panelist (sampling)

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, MD, 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.

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (Moderator:  S. Becker); sponsor:  Addiction Technology Transfer Center-New England; Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Mashantucket, CT; April 16, 2015; Regional.

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for adolescents in juvenile justice and outpatient settings (Moderator:  S. Becker); sponsor:  Addiction Technology Transfer Center-New England; in “Improving Care of Substance Use, including Nicotine Use for Adolescents: Effective Approaches to Assessing, Treating & Engaging Teens, Part II;” Dartmouth Medical Center, Brattleboro, VT; July 19-20, 2016; Regional.

Sampling of Presentations

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. (2009, November).  Incarcerated Adolescents:  Treatment, Training and Research.  Symposium session (Chair: L. A. R. 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.  (2011, August).  Ethnicity as a Moderator of Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Adolescents.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference (Division 45-Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Washington, D.C.

Martin, R., Stein, L. A. R., Clair, M. & Hurlbut, W. (2012, October).  Treating Risky HIV Behaviors in Incarcerated Adolescents.  Poster presented at 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.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Addiction Health Services Research, New York, NY.

Sampling of Invited Presentations

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.

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

“Behavioral Intervention for Cigarette Smoking Among Juvenile Detainees.”  University at Buffalo, Research Institute on Addiction, Buffalo, NY, April, 28, 2014; Local.

“Peer Facilitated Interventions in JCOIN.”  Co-facilitator, Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network Steering Committee Meeting Virtual Meeting, NIDA, Bethesda, MD, April 16, 2020; National.

“Development of Field Manuals and Training for Implementation of Systems-Level Staff Intervention.”  Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  Site Visit, Brown University Hub, Providence, RI, December, 2020; Local.

Professional Interests

Fidelity of evidence-based practices; assessment and treatment of health behaviors, including ethnicity/race as a moderator variable and cultural adaptation; drug and alcohol abuse; group processes; health disparities and public policy; professional training and development; substance abuse and crime; service delivery.


Dr. Stein is involved in training and mentorship. Below are two instances of current/ former persons whom she mentored.

  • Primary Mentor, K08-Award, Hector Lopez-Vergara, Dual Process Models of Alcohol Use in Late Adolescence (K08AA024794); Psychology Department; University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; 2020 – present.
  • Sponsor, F-Award, Michael Bernstein, A Text-Message Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention for 21st Birthday Drinking (F31AA024358). National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Special Projects

Dr. Stein works with Dr. Sally Cottrill on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, & Hospitals) where multiple undergraduates per year get training on the MOU and secure paid positions with the state or graduate school. Multiple graduate students in population health have also received training under this collaboration.

Current trainees:

Past trainees:

  • Angela Astorini
  • Sara Balestrieri
  • Megan Risi
  • Amanda Roy
  • Marie Tate

Additional Current/Recent Graduate Research Assistants that have worked with Dr. Stein


Dr. Stein’s grant collaborations are extensive many of which are carried out by the STRIDE Lab that she directs. For more information about the STRIDE Lab, recent projects and collaborations, see the STRIDE Lab Webpage.

For more information about Dr. Stein

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