• Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Education

  • BS (Honors) in psychology, Brown University, 2004
  • MS in clinical psychology, Yale University, 2008
  • MPhil in clinical psychology, Yale University, 2009
  • Certificate in college teaching preparation, Yale University, 2011
  • PhD in clinical psychology, Yale University, 2011

Biography

Globally, my programs of research focus on the causes and consequences of substance use, with foci on alcohol, nicotine, and cannabis use.

I currently have four primary lines of research that I conduct at Oberlin:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Tobacco Products and E-cigarettes
  3. Recreational Marijuana
  4. Medical Marijuana

Alcohol

This line of work focuses on improving our understanding of the environmental, cognitive, and physiological factors that confer risk for initiating alcohol use at an early age, quickly progressing to heavy drinking, and experiencing alcohol-related problems during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Specifically, I am interested in how the effects of alcohol individuals anticipate experiencing as a result of drinking (i.e., alcohol expectancies), the actual profile of effects they experience during a drinking episode (i.e., subjective experience), and their past experiences of positive and negative drinking consequences impact drinking related behavior.

 

Tobacco Products and E-cigarettes

This line of work focuses on adolescents' use of traditional tobacco products like cigarettes and their use of modified risk tobacco products including electronic cigarettes/vape pens. I am especially interested in factors that drive youth use and confer risk for dependence including the use of flavored e-liquids, using higher nicotine concentrations, and the appeal of vape tricks.

Recreational Marijuana

This line of work focuses on adolescents’ and adults’ beliefs about, attitudes toward, and use of recreational marijuana products including edibles, tinctures, combustible products, vaporizable products, raw/juiced marijuana, and topicals. I am especially interested in the use of novel technology like portable electronic vaporizers for vaping marijuana bud and marijuana concentrates.

Medical Marijuana

This line of work focuses on the use of medical marijuana products among patients who have a doctor’s authorization to use marijuana products legally to treat symptoms of physical and mental health conditions.

Some of my interests in this area include patient perceptions of how well marijuana treats the symptoms of their condition(s), what products patients prefer to use, how and from where they learn about which products may be most efficacious in treating their symptoms, and how patients' use of traditional medications for treating their condition(s) change when they being using medical marijuana (i.e., does the use of opiate pain medication decrease when patients begin using medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of chronic pain?).

Publications

  • Morean, M.E. & Cooney, J.L. (in press). Positive drinking consequences predict pre-treatment alcohol use and Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test scores in veterans seeking substance abuse treatment. Substance Use and Misuse.
  • Morean, M.E., Kong, G., Camenga, D., Cavallo, D., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2015, e-pub ahead of print). High school students use of electronic cigarettes to vaporize cannabis. Pediatrics.
  • Morean, M.E., Corbin, W.R & Treat, T.A. (2015; e-pub ahead of print). Evaluating the accuracy of alcohol expectancies relative to subjective response to alcohol. Addictive Behaviors.
  • Brasfield, H., Morean, M.E., Febres, J., Shorey, R. C., Moore, T., Zucosky, H., Elmquist, J., Wolford-Clevenger, C., Labrecque, L., Plasencia, M., & Stuart, G. L. (2015; e-pub ahead of print). Alcohol use, alcohol-related outcome expectancies, and partner aggression among males court-mandated to batterer intervention programs: A brief report. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Morean, M.E., Rojewski, A.M., Toll, B.A., McKee, S.A., Green, B.G., Bartoshuk, L.M., & O’Malley, S.S. (2015; e-pub ahead of print). Validation of the Yale Craving Scale for use with nicotine and alcohol. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
  • Kong, G., Morean, M.E., Cavallo, D. A., Camenga, D. R., Simon, P., Connell, C., Bulmer, S. M., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2015). Reasons for e-cigarette initiation and discontinuation among adolescents and young adults. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 17(7), 847-854.
  • Krishnan-Sarin, S., Morean, M.E., Camenga, D., Cavallo, D., & Kong, G. (2015). E-cigarette use among high school and middle school adolescents in Connecticut.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 17(7), 810-818. 
  • Morean, M.E., Corbin, W.R., & Treat, T.A. (2015). Differences in subjective response to alcohol by gender, family history, heavy episodic drinking, and cigarette use: Refining and broadening the scope of measurement. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(2), 287-295.
  • Morean, M.E., Kong, G, Camenga, D., Cavallo, D., Carroll, K., Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2015). Contingency management improves smoking cessation treatment outcomes for highly impulsive adolescents relative to cognitive behavioral therapy. Addictive Behaviors, 42, 86-90.
  • Morean, M.E., Kong, G., Camenga, D., Cavallo, D., Connell, C. & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2014). First drink to first drunk: Age of onset and delay to intoxication are associated with adolescent alcohol use and binge drinking. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
  • Morean, M.E., DeMartini, K., Leeman, R.F., Pearlson, G.D., Anticevic, A., Krystal, J.H., Krishnan-Sarin, S., & O’Malley, S.S. (2014). Psychometrically improved, abbreviated versions of three classic measures of impulsivity and self-control. Psychological Assessment, 26(3), 1003-1020.
  • Morean, M.E., Camenga, D., Kong, G., Cavallo, D., Liss, A., Schepis, T., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2014). Predictors of middle school students’ interest in participating in an incentive-based tobacco prevention and cessation program. Journal of Addiction. Article ID 915652.
  • Morean, M.E., Corbin, W.R., & Treat, T.A. (2013). The Subjective Effects of Alcohol Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation of a novel assessment tool for subjective response. Psychological Assessment, 25(3), 780-95.
  • Morean, M.E., de Wit, H., King, A.C. Sofuoglu, M., Rueger, S.Y., & O'Malley, S.S. (2013). The Drug Effects Questionnaire: Psychometric support across three drug types. Psychopharmacology, 227(1), 177-192.
  • Morean, M.E., Corbin, W.R., & Treat, T.A. (2012). The Anticipated Effects of Alcohol Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation of a novel assessment tool for alcohol expectancies. Psychological Assessment, 24(4), 1008-1023.
  • Morean, M.E., Corbin, W.R., & Fromme, K. (2012). Age of first use and delay to first intoxication in relation to trajectories of heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems during emerging adulthood. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36(11), 1991-1999.
  • Morean, M.E. & Corbin, W.R. (2010). Subjective response to alcohol: A critical review of the literature. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34(3), 385-395.
  • Morean, M.E. & Corbin, W.R. (2008). Subjective alcohol effects and drinking behavior: the relative influence of early response and acquired tolerance. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 1306-1313.
  • Corbin, W.R., Morean, M.E., & Benedict, D. (2008). The Positive Drinking Consequences Questionnaire (PDCQ): Validation of a new assessment tool. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 54 – 68.

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