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Dr. Craig Colderphoto of faculty member
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Office: 235 Park Hall
Phone: (716) 645-3650 x. 235
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Summary of Research Interests:

My research interests are in identifying multiple levels of influence that contribute to the development of adolescent substance use. These levels include individual differences (e.g., temperament and personality), family influences, and community factors. I have examined the joint effects of behavioral undercontrol and emotionality on behavior problems, how children's temperament moderates the influence of parenting on behavior problems, and the processes by which living in a dangerous neighborhood influence adjustment.

My research will continue to integrate individual differences into current socialization and ecological theories. Several laboratory studies are planned to measure physiological reactivity, information processing, and impulsivity, and to examine how these individual differences observed in the laboratory influence the initiation and escalation of substance use. I am also interested in differentiating the pathways to adolescent substance use versus abuse.

Representative Publications:

  • Fite, P.J., Colder, C.R., & O¡¦Connor, R.M. (in press). Childhood behavior problems and peer selection and socialization: Risk for adolescent alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors.
  • Colder, C. R., & O¡¦Connor, R. M. (2004). Gray¡¦s reinforcement sensitivity model and child psychopathology: laboratory and questionnaire assessment of the BAS and BIS. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32, 435-451.
  • Colder, C. R., & O¡¦Connor, R. M. (2002). Attention biases and disinhibited behavior as predictors of alcohol use and enhancement reasons for drinking. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, 325-332.
  • Colder, C. R., Campbell, R. T., Ruel, E., Flay, B. R., & Richardson, J. L. (2002). A finite mixture model of growth trajectories of adolescent alcohol use: Predictors and consequences. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 976-985.
  • Colder, C. R., Mott, J. A., & Berman, A. S. (2002). The interactive effects of infant activity level and fear on growth trajectories of early childhood symptomatology. Development and Psychopathology, 14, 1-23.
  • Colder, C. R., Mehta, P. D., Belanda, K. C., Campbell, R. T., Mayhew, K. P., Stanton, W. R., Pentz, M. A., & Flay, B. R. (2001). Identifying trajectories of adolescent cigarette smoking: An application of latent growth mixture modeling. Health Psychology, 20, 127-135.
  • Colder, C. R., Mott, J. A., Flay, B. R., & Levy, S. (2000). The relationship between neighborhood danger and childhood aggression: A test of mediational mechanisms. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28, 83-103.
  • Colder, C. R. & Chassin, L. (1999). Psychosocial characteristics of alcohol users and problem users: Data from a study of adolescents at risk. Development and Psychopathology, 11, 321-348.

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