Jennifer Read


Jennifer Read.

Jennifer Read


Jennifer Read


Clinical Area Head
Director of Clinical Training

Research Interests

Social and individual-level factors in the etiology and treatment of alcohol misuse; affective and cognitive determinants of heavy drinking; PTSD-alcohol use disorder comorbidity


  • PhD, University of Rhode Island

Current Research

I am interested in the etiology of and intervention for problematic alcohol and other substance use in young adults. My most recent work has focused around two interests: (1) psychosocial determinants of young adult alcohol use, and (2) co-occurrence of posttraumatic stress symptoms and substance use.

My research on young adult drinking has examined both environmental and individual determinants of alcohol use utilizing laboratory and survey approaches. In particular, my research examines how individual-level factors such as gender, affective state, and alcohol cognitions (e.g., expectancies, motives) may account for differential responses to the social environment. My colleagues and I recently have completed a series of  NIAAA-funded laboratory studies of associations among mood, alcohol expectancies, and drinking.

I also am interested in the measurement and evaluation of negative consequences resulting from heavy drinking in college students. Along with my colleagues, I have developed the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire (YAACQ) which assesses multiple domains of alcohol consequences. More information about this measure – including measure items, scoring instructions, and supporting references, can be found at my personally maintained website.

In the area of the intersection of trauma, posttraumatic stress, and substance use, I have been funded by the ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to examine etiological processes that contribute to the co-occurrence of PTSD and problem substance use in young adults. This includes longitudinal studies of associations between these two clinical phenomena, as well as laboratory based studies of co-occurrence. Currently, I am conducting an NIAAA-funded examination of alcohol information processing in individuals with post-traumatic stress following experiential trauma exposure.

I am also Co-Editor of the book, New Directions in Trauma, PTSD, and Substance Abuse, published by the American Psychological Association.

Selected Publications

  • Blayney, J. A., Jenzer, T., Read, J. P., Livingston, J., & Testa, M. (in press). Enlisting friends to reduce sexual victimization risk: There’s an app for that… but nobody uses it. Journal of American College Health. 
  • Colder, C.R., Read, J.P., Hawk, L., & Frndak, S. (2018). Internalizing and externalizing problem behavior: A test of latent variable interaction predicting trajectories of onset and escalation of adolescent drug use. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46, 319-330.
  • Bachrach, R.L., & Read, Jennifer P. (2017). Peer Alcohol Behavior Moderates Within-Level Associations between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Alcohol Use in College Students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 576-588.
  • Read. J.P., Radomski, S., Wardell, J.D. (2017). Posttraumatic Stress and Problem Drinking at the Transition out of College. Prevention Science, 18. 440-449.
  • Read, J.P., Bachrach, R.L., Wardell, J.D., & Coffey, S. (2017). Examining cognitive processes in PTSD – Alcohol associations. Behavior Research and Therapy.
  • Read, J. P., Haas, A.L., Radomski, S., Wickham, R., & Borish, S. (2016). Identification of Hazardous Drinking With the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire: Relative Operating Characteristics as a Function of Gender. Psychological Assessment.
  • Read, J.P., Bachrach, R.L., Wright, A., & Colder, C.R. (2016). The course of PTSD symptoms in the first year of college. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
  • Read, J.P., Griffin, M.J., Wardell, J.D., & Ouimette, P. (2014) Prospective Associations among Positive and Negative Coping Strategies, PTSD Symptoms and Alcohol Consequences in Trauma-Exposed College Students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 1052-1064.
  • Wardell, J.D., & Read, J.P. (2014). Does cue context matter? Examining the specificity of cue-related activation of positive and negative alcohol expectancies. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21,457-466
  • Read, J.P., Wardell, J.D., & Colder, C.R. (2013). Reciprocal associations between PTSD and alcohol involvement in college: A three-year trait-state-error analysis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology122, 984-997.
  • Griffin, M.J., Wardell, J. & Read, J.P. (2013). Recent sexual victimization and drinking behavior in newly matriculated college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 966-973.
  • Read, J.P., Wardell, J.D., Vermont, L., Colder, C.R., Ouimette, P., & White, J.J. (2012). Transition and Change: The prospective effects of post-traumatic stress on smoking trajectories in the first year of college. Health Psychology. 32, 757-767.
  • Read, J.P., Colder, C.R., Merrill, J.E., Ouimette, P., White, J., & Swartout, A. (2012). Trauma and posttraumatic stress symptoms influence alcohol and other drug problem trajectories in the first year of college. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 426-439.
  • Read, J.P., Ouimette, P., White, J., Colder, C., & Farrow, S. (2011). Rates of DSM IV-TR trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder among newly matriculated college students. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 148-156.
  • Read, J.P., & Curtin, J.J. (2007). Contextual effects on alcohol expectancies. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 68, 759-770.