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Chelsie M. YoungChelsie M. Young
B.A., Psychology, Eastern Illinois University, 2010
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Houston-Clear Lake (2004)
M.A., Experimental Psychology, College of William and Mary, 2013
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Houston, 2016

Research Interests:
  • Developing empirically-supported strategies incorporating personalized normative feedback, motivational interviewing, and expressive writing to facilitate behavior change
  • Examining mechanisms of action for behavior change such as the self-conscious emotions of guilt and shame, cognitive processing, and perceptions and norms to gain insight into how such behavior change strategies work and which components are most effective
  • Exploring individual difference factors such as shyness, culture, drinking motives, and defensiveness as moderators of behavior change to better understand for whom such strategies are best suited


Mai-Ly SteersMai-Ly Steers
B.A., Biology and B.A., Broadcast Journalism, University of California
M.A., Communication Studies, California State University
M.A. and Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Houston

Research Interests:
  • Examining psychosocial factors, social norms, in relation to drinking
  • Exploring the influences of social media on health and well-bring
  • Better understand how alcohol-related posts potentially shape and redefine college students’ drinking norms
  • Utilize this knowledge in order to develop and implement a social media-specific personalized normative feedback intervention targeting the reduction of drinking among heavy drinking students