Emily Grekin

Faculty Profile

Associate Department Chair



Secondary Title

Associate Chair/Graduate Director






 Rm.8206.2, 5057 Woodward Ave.

Selected publications

  • Grekin, E.R., Thomas, H.A. & Ondersma, S.J. (2024). Testing the Efficacy of Narrator Empathy, Self-disclosure, Gender, and Use of BMI Techniques in a Brief Internet-Based Intervention for Alcohol Use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
  • Broman, M. J., Grekin, E.R., Resko, S. M., & Agius, E. (2024). Demographic, substance use, and mental well-being correlates of high-intensity drinking among college students and non-college young adults: Implications for intervention. Journal of American College Health.
  • Schmidt, M.B.R., Lumley, M.A. & Grekin, E.R. (2023). Feasibility and efficacy of a brief mindfulness-based smoking intervention delivered via the internet: A randomized controlled trial. Substance Use and Misuse, 58, 1226-1234.
  • Tankha, H., Pester, B. D., Brumley, K. M., Caño, A., Tong, S., Grekin, E.R, Bruinsma, J., Gootee, J., Lumley, M. A. (2023). A mixed methods investigation into the us versus them mentality in Facebook groups for chronic pain. Health Psychology, 42, 460-471.
  • Pester, B. D., Tankha, H., Caño, A., Tong, S., Grekin, E., Bruinsma, J., Gootee, J., & Lumley, M. A. (2022). Facing pain together: A randomized controlled trial of the effects of Facebook support groups on adults with chronic pain. The Journal of Pain, 23, 2121-2134.
  • Ellis, J.D. & Grekin, E.R. (2021). The effects of anger on alcohol demand and subjective alcohol craving. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 45, 436-445. 5-Year Impact Factor = 3.53
    Ellis, J.D., Grekin, E.R. Dekeyser, D. & Partridge R.T. (2021). Using an online platform to administer the single-session Point Subtraction Aggression Paradigm: An initial examination of feasibility and validity. Assessment
  • Fodor, M. C., Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J.R., McGoron, L., Ondersma, S.J. (2020). Participant satisfaction with computer-delivered intervention components and its relation to alcohol outcomes. Substance Use and Misuse
  • Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J.R., McGoron, L., Kugler, K.C., McClure, J.B., Pop, D.E., & Ondersma, S.J. (2019). Testing the Efficacy of Motivational Strategies, Empathic Reflections, and Lifelike Features in a Computerized Intervention for Alcohol Use: A Factorial Trial. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33, 511-519
  • Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J. R. & Ondersma, S.J. (2019). Common Relationship Factors in Mobile Health Interventions. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7, e11245
  • Ondersma, S.J., Ellis, J.D., Resko, S.M. & Grekin, E.R. (2019). Technology-Delivered Interventions for Substance Use Among Adolescents. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 66, 1203-1215
  • Ellis, J.D., Grekin, E.R. & Resko, S.M. (2019). Correlates of Substance Use in Pregnant Women Under Community Supervision: The Role of Psychological Distress. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. 29, 261-275
  • Oberleitner, L.M.S., Lumley, M.A., Grekin, E.R., Smith, K.M.Z., Loree, A.M., Carty, J.N. & Valentino, D. (2019). Problematic Prescription Opioid Use in a Chronic Pain Treatment Facility: The Role of Emotional Processes. Substance Use & Misuse, 54, 495-505
  • Smith, K.M.Z., Smith, P.H., Oberleitner, L., Grekin, E.R., McKee, S. (2018). Child Maltreatment and Physical Victimization: Does Heavy Drinking Mediate the Relationship. Child Maltreatment, 23, 234-243
  • Ellis, J.D., Grekin, E.R., Beatty, J.R., McGoron, L., LaLiberte B.V., Pop. D.E., Kostecki, A.P. & Ondersma, S.J. (2017). Effects of narrator empathy in a computer delivered brief intervention for alcohol use. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 61, 29-32
  • Klassen, B.J. & Grekin, E.R. (2017). Different forms of spirituality and heavy episodic drinking among college students.  Journal of American College Health, 65, 131-138
  • Loree, A.M., Ondersma, S.J. & Grekin, E.R. (2017). Towards enhancing treatment for pregnant smokers: Laying the groundwork for the use of complementary and alternative medicine approaches.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19, 562-571. 


Research Description

Research Interests

My research involves identifying temperamental, environmental and biological factors that predict the development of substance problems in young adults. In particular, I am interested in:
Whether different personality traits predict distinct forms of substance dependence (e.g., alcohol, drug and tobacco dependence).
The degree to which personality traits interact with environmental factors to predict substance misuse (e.g., do heavy drinking “events” such as turning 21 and going on spring break elicit different degrees of alcohol use in people with different personality traits).
The development of substance use problems among African-American and Arab-American young adults.

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