Kristen G. Anderson

Associate Professor of Psychology
Developmental psychopathology, addictive behaviors, clinical psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Department of Psychology
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 517-7410

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Education and Professional Positions

1990 A.A., Social Sciences, Simon’s Rock College
1992, B.A., Psychology, Drew University
1996, M.Ed., Special Education, American International College
2003, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky
2003-2005, NIAAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, San Diego/SDSU
2005-2007, Assistant Research Scientist, University of California, San Diego
2007-2012, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Reed College
2010-2011, Chair, Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology & Linguistics, Reed College
2014-2016, Chair of Psychology, Reed College
2012-current, Associate Professor of Psychology, Reed College

Grant Funding

Co-Investigator, Diversity Supplement (Postdoctoral Trainee: Tracey Garcia, Ph.D.), Facilitating Adolescent Self-Change for Alcohol Problems, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 2014-2016.  

Co-Investigator, Administrative Supplement to Facilitating Adolescent Self-Change for Alcohol Problems (Women’s Health Initiative), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 2014-2015.

CEIS Fulbright Award, University of Amsterdam, November 2013–February 2014, Netherlands.

Principal Investigator, Portland Site, Project Options (R01; PI: Sandra A. Brown), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 2012-2016. 

Principal Investigator, Social Information Processing in College Drinking Situations, ABMRF: The Alcohol Research Foundation, 2008-2010.

Principal Investigator, Cognitions in Youth Substance Use Relapse Contexts (R21), National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, 2006-2010.   


My teaching encompasses courses in introductory psychology, addictions, clinical psychology and psychopathology (follow link to course description for additional details). While classroom teaching is an important and integral aspect of my work at Reed, I spend a commensurate amount of time and effort working with students to develop and refine their research skills. Research training in the laboratory, provided through laboratory meetings and individual sessions, provides students with a broader theoretical framework as well as specific skills in assessment, statistics and scientific writing.

PSY 122 Introduction to Psychology II
PSY 319 Psychology of Addictions
PSY 351 Psychopathology
PSY 442 Clinical Psychology


My area of expertise is the developmental psychopathology of addictive behaviors in children and adolescents. I have specialized in the development of cognitive assessments of youth substance use decision-making, longitudinal modeling of process-oriented data, and the integration of personality and social-cognitive models of substance use initiation and maintenance. My laboratory, the Adolescent Health Research Program, collaborates with other researchers, school personnel, and treatment centers, to better understand the processes whereby youth make decisions to use alcohol and other drugs as well as make purposeful efforts to cut down, stop or quit these behaviors.

Visit the Adolescent Health Research Program website

Selected Recent Publications

(Reed student co-authors bolded)

See CV for complete publications list [PDF]

Ladd, B.O., Garcia, T.A., & Anderson, K.G. (in press). Towards an understanding of self-directed language as a mechanism of behavior change: a novel strategy for eliciting client language under laboratory conditions. Addictive Behavior Reports.

Ladd, B.O., Garcia, T.A., & Anderson, K.G. (in press). A novel application in the study of client language: Alcohol and marijuana-related statements in substance-using adolescents during a simulation task. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

White, H.R., Anderson, K.G., & Bechtol, J. (in press). Stress as a moderator of the effects of coping motives on alcohol and marijuana use in young adulthood. Cannabis.

Labhart, F., Anderson, K.G., & Kuntsche, E. (2017). The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak: why young people drink more than intended on weekend nights – an event-level study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41(11),1961-1969.

Anderson, K.G., Garcia, T.A., & Dash, G.F. (2017). Drinking motives and willingness to drink alcohol in peer drinking contexts. Emerging Adulthood, 5(1), 16 -26.

Bacio, G.A., Tomlinson, K.L., Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., Myers, M.G. (2017). Impact of ethnic composition on mechanisms of change in school-based substance use prevention groups. Prevention Science, 18, 61–70. DOI 10.1007/s11121-016-07415\

Bacio, G.A., Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., Myers, M.G. (2016). Engagement and retention of ethnically diverse adolescents to a voluntary, school-based alcohol use intervention. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, published online November 7, 2016. DOI 10.1007/s11414-016-9540-9

Grimaldi, E.M., Ladd, B.O., & Anderson, K.G. (2016). Drinking, abstinence, and academic motives: Relationships among multiple motivational domains and alcohol use in college students. Addictive Behaviors, 55, 1-4.

Ladd, B.O., Tomlinson, K., Myers, M.G., & Anderson, K.G. (2016). Feasibility and reliability of a coding system to capture in-session group behavior in adolescents. Prevention Science, 17(1), 93-101.

White, H.R., Anderson, K.G., Ray, A.E., & Mun, E-Y. (2016). Do drinking motives distinguish extreme drinking college students from their peers? Addictive Behaviors, 60, 213-218.

Wormington, S.V., Anderson, K.G., Schneider, A., Tomlinson, K.L., & Brown, S.A. (2016).  Peer victimization and adolescent adjustment: Does school belonging matter? Journal of School Violence, 15(1), 1-21.

Anderson, K.G., Sitney, M. & White, H.R. (2015). Marijuana motivations across adolescence: Impacts on use and consequences. Substance Use & Misuse, 50(3), 292-301.

Brackenbury, L.M., Ladd, B.O., & Anderson, K.G. (2015). Marijuana use/cessation expectancies and marijuana use in college students. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, doi: 10.3109/00952990.2015.1105242.

Dash, G.F. & Anderson, K.G. (2015). Marijuana use, motives, and change intentions in adolescents. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 47(2), 100 - 106.

Garcia, T.A., Bacio, G.A., Tomlinson, K., Ladd, B.O., & Anderson, K.G. (2015). Effects of sex composition on group processes in alcohol prevention groups for teens. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23(4), 275-283.