Craig R. Colder

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. 1994, Arizona State University

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 within children (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.

Relevant Publications:

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.

Colder,C. R., & Stice, E. (1998). A longitudinal study of the interactive effects of impulsivity and anger on adolescent problem behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescents, 27,255-274.

Colder, C. R., & Chassin, L. (1997). Affectivity and impulsivity: Temperamental risk for adolescent alcohol involvement. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 11, 83-97.

Colder, C. R., Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (1997). The moderating effects of children's anxiety and activity level on relations between parenting practices and childhood symptomatology. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 25, 251-263.

Contact information:
Park Hall, Box 604110
Department of Psychology
SUNY at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110
Voice: 716-645-3650 Ext. 218
Fax: 716-645-3801

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