Faculty & Staff

Laura Finan

Assistant Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • PSY 303.Sec 001 Adult Development And Aging
  • PSY 111.Sec 005 Introduction To Psychology
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Adolescent development; research methods; life-span development
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • My research addresses how psycho-social and contextual factors influence adolescents' and young adults' health risk behaviors. I am particularly interested in (a) family relationships as developmental contexts and (b) alcohol and other substance use and problems. Recently, I have begun to explore environmental factors (e.g., neighborhoods and schools) to better capture the range of salient factors which drive young peoples' behavior. Research Interests: Adolescent health • Alcohol and other substance use and problems • Family relationships
  • Post-Doc - 2018
  • University of California, Berkeley; Prevention Research Center
  • Berkeley, California, USA
  • Ph D Human Development and Family Studies - 2016
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, Delaware, USA
  • MA Psychological Science - 2012
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  • BA Psychology - 2009
  • Nazareth College
  • Rochester, New York, USA
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Finan, L. J., Simpson, E., Schulz, J., & Ohannessian, C. M. (2018). Parental problem drinking and emerging adult problem behavior: The moderating role of parental support. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 1175-1185. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0953-8
  • Moore, R. S., Gilder, D. A., Grube, J. W., Lee, J. P., Geisler, J. A., Friese, B., Calac, D. J., Finan, L. J., & Ehlers, C. L. (in press). Prevention of underage drinking on California Indian reservations using individual- and community-level approaches. American Journal of Public Health. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2018.304447
  • Finan, L. J., Ohannessian, C. M., & Gordon, M. S. (2018). Trajectories of depressive symptoms from adolescence to emerging adulthood: The influence of parents, peers, and siblings. Developmental Psychology, 54(8), 1555-1567. doi:10.1037/dev0000543
  • Lipperman-Kreda, S., Finan, L. J., & Grube, J. W. (2018). Social and situational characteristics associated with adolescents’ drinking at party and non-party events. Addictive Behaviors, 83, 148-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.12.001
  • Finan, L. J., Zhang, L., Paschall, M. J., & Bersamin, M. (2018). Cognitive precursors to adolescents’ reproductive health: Exploring the role of school-based health services. Preventive Medicine, 116, 75-80. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.037
  • Finan, L. J., Lipperman-Kreda, S., Abadi, M. H., Grube, J. W., Kaner, E., Balassone, A., & Gaidus, A. (2018). Tobacco outlet density and youth cigarette smoking: A meta-analysis. Tobacco Control. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054065
  • Bersamin, M., Fisher, D. A., Marcell, A. V., & Finan, L. J. (2017). Deficits in young men’s knowledge about accessing reproductive health services. Journal of American College Health, 65(8), 579-584. doi:10.1080/07448481.2017.1352589
  • Bersamin, M., Fisher, D. A., Marcell, A. V., & Finan, L. J. (2017). Reproductive health services: Barriers to use among college students. Journal of Community Health, 42(1), 155-159. doi:10.1007/s10900-016-0242-2
  • Ohannessian, C. M., Finan, L. J., Schulz, J., & Hesselbrock, V. M. (2015). A long-term longitudinal examination of the effect of early onset of alcohol and drug use on later alcohol abuse. Substance Abuse, 36, 440-444. doi:10.1080/08897077.2014.989353
  • Finan, L. J., Schulz, J., Gordon, M. S., & Ohannessian, C. M. (2015). Parental drinking and adolescent externalizing behaviors: The mediating role of family functioning. Journal of Adolescence, 43, 100-110. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.05.001