Psychology Department

Kristen G. Anderson

Professor of Psychology

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Developmental psychopathology, addictive behaviors, women's health, clinical psychology

Curriculum Vitae

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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
2012-2018, Associate Professor of Psychology, Reed College
2016-2020, Academic Director, Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2018-present, Professor of Psychology, Reed College
2022-2024, Chair, Department of Psychology, Reed College
2022-current, Academic Director, Mental Health, Youth & Society, Summer Institute, Graduate Program in Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam

Grant Funding

Principal Investigator, The impact of gender on alcohol use in peer drinking contexts (R15): National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, 2022-2025.

Consultant/Off-site Sponsor, National Research Service Award Fellowship (F31: Renee Cloutier, PhD.), Modeling Marijuana Use Willingness and Problems as a Function of Social Rejection and SA Among Adolescents. National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, 2017-2019. 

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 101 Foundations in Psychological Science
PSY 206 Methods in Psychopathology
PSY 319 Psychology of Addictions
PSY 348 Statistical Analysis for Psychology

PSY 351 Psychopathology
PSY 442 Clinical Psychology


One of my specialties is the developmental psychopathology of addictive behaviors in children and adolescents. This work focuses on 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. 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.

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The Women's Health Research Program investigates cognitive and social factors influencing sports participation in athletes who identify as women across the lifespan. Using a health promotion perspective, this work examines barriers that may limit sports participation among girls and women from marginalized groups.

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Selected Recent Publications

(Reed student co-authors bolded)

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Wong, D. & Anderson, K.G. (in press). Life course models of child maltreatment: Effects on general psychopathology outcomes in a longitudinal sample. Child Maltreatment.

Harvey, S., Jensen, G., Anderson, K.G. (2024). Gamification and motivation: Impact on delay discounting performance. PLoS ONE 19(4), e029951. pone.0299511.

Anderson, K.G., Garrison, E., Clifton, R.L., Harper, L., Zapolski, T., Khazvand, S., & Carson, I. (2023). Measures of self-reported identity associated with sex and gender: Relations with collegiate drinking. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 47, 501-511.

Franzwa, F., Harper, L.A., & Anderson, K.G. (2022). Examination of social smoking classifications using a machine learning approach. Addictive Behaviors, 126, 107175.

Larsen, H., Kuhns, L., Kramer, A.W., Huizenga, H.M., Wiers, R.W., Anderson, K.G., & Cousijn (2022). Social multi-sensory alcohol cue reactivity and ad libitum social drinking: an fMRI study. AddictionNeuroscience, 4,100039.

Garrison, E., Gilligan, C., Ladd, B.O., & Anderson, K.G. (2021). Social anxiety, cannabis use motives, and social context impact on willingness to use cannabis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9), 4882.

MacCalman, M., Harper, L., & Anderson, K.G. (2020). Perceived gender match and accepting alcohol offers from peers in emerging adulthood. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 55, 667-673.