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Melissa A. Cyders, Ph.D.

Research Areas

My research lab studies how impulsivity and its neurocognitive underpinnings influence a wide range of risk-taking behaviors, including alcohol use, substance abuse, and sexual risk-taking. As a clinical psychologist, I am particularly interested how emotions and impulsive tendencies combine and interact to impart risk for psychological disorders and maladaptive behaviors. I’m also interested in identifying how the brain is implicated in such risk and how we can best leverage brain function to reduce risks associated with impulsive action. 

Students and Training

I am passionate about training the next generation of clinical scientists. I mentor a variety of undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students, who are integral to advancing our lab's research mission. My students have published in high impact journal and received multiple regional and national awards and grants, including three competitive F31 grants from NIAAA for my doctoral students, Allyson Dir, Alexandra Hershberger, and Miji Um.

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Dr. Cyders is planning on accepting a new Ph.D student to work in the RISK Lab starting in Fall 2019

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  • 2003 B.A. Psychology, Ohio University
  • 2003 B.A. Spanish, Ohio University
  • 2005, M.S. Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky
  • 2009 Clinical Psychology Internship, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the University of Michigan Medical School
  • 2009 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky

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Courses Taught / Teaching

  • PSY 518 Memory and Cognition, Spring Semester, odd numbered years
  • PSY I-535 Clinical Neuroscience, Spring semester, even numbered years
  • PSY B-203 Ethics and Diversity in Psychology
  • PSY I-689 Practicum in Psychology


Here I will highlight some of my contributions to science, with selected relevant publications listed (with student authors underlined).

Multidimensionality of impulsivity

It is well established that impulsivity is a multi-faceted trait, composed of multiple separate tendencies toward risk taking. One of the overarching goals of my research program has been to better understand the separate facets underlying the construct of impulsivity and to show how the use of these separate facets leads to better prediction of risk-taking behaviors.

My research has supported the use of the UPPS-P Model of Impulsive Behavior, which posits that impulsivity is comprises five separate, though related, traits: sensation seeking, which refers to the tendency to seek out new and exciting experiences and sensations; lack of perseverance, which refers to the tendency to not finish what one has started; lack of deliberation, which refers to the tendency to not think about things before doing them; negative urgency, which refers to the tendency to act rashly in the face of extreme negative emotions; and positive urgency, which refers to the tendency to act rashly in the face of extreme positive emotions.

Although research generally supports the role of impulsivity in multiple risk taking processes, there still remain many inconsistencies across studies. It is my view that the inconsistencies in the data have been mostly driven by two factors: (1) lack of consensus in how to best define impulsivity; and (2) use of definitions that involve multiple aspects in one measure, both of which contribute to inconsistencies and masking of important relationships. Much of my subsequent work has supported these contentions: we have shown that by using the specific UPPS-P traits, different aspects of risk taking are more reliably predicted than by using conceptualizations of impulsivity that confound many different traits. Additionally, we have found that there is very little overlap between impulsivity traits and behavioral lab tasks thought to assess impulsive action. In fact, this work suggests that the term "impulsivity" is not meaningful and that using more specific conceptualizations will avoid problems associated with the use of varied or combined conceptualizations of impulsivity.

Role of emotion-based impulsivity as a common, transdiagnostic endophenotype for maladaptive risk taking

My work has suggested that negative and positive urgency are the most clinically relevant impulsivity-related traits for a wide range of problematic levels of risk taking behaviors. Although the experience of emotions is generally adaptive and serves to motivate behaviors, extreme emotions can be maladaptive for individuals, especially when the emotions leads one to behavior that does not address the precipitating need or event of the emotional experience. The tendency to act rashly in response to extreme negative or positive emotions is associated with a wide range of maladaptive behaviors, including alcohol use and abuse, risky sexual behaviors, binge eating (negative urgency only), gambling, compulsive cellular phone use, drug use, and nicotine use. Urgency is also highly represented across multiple different categories and diagnoses in the DSM-5 and many of these clinical groups have been characterized for their high level of urgency, including Borderline Personality Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Binge-Eating Disorder. We have suggested the urgency is a common, transdiagnostic endophenotype for a wide range of maladaptive behaviors and clinical disorders that is a prime marker of mental health risk, representing increased physiological reactivity to emotional cues and an increased likelihood of responding to emotions with maladaptive and risky behaviors. Given the many criticisms of the DSM, including heterogeneity within diagnoses (leading to individuals with the same diagnosis having different behavioral manifestations) and commonality across diagnostic categories (leading to high rates of comorbidity), there is a strong movement in the field to conceptualize traits and disorders in terms of homogeneous dimensions. Use of a single score to reflect multidimensional traits or symptoms can lead to decreased ability to reliably treat, predict, and identify those at risk. Targeting urgency in treatment could lead to the development of psychotherapy or pharmacological therapies to alleviate emotion-based rash action that could be useful across many DSM-5 diagnoses.

Underlying neurobiological and neurocognitive mechanisms of emotion-based rash action

My more recent work has focused on identifying the underlying neurobiological and neurocognitive mechanisms of emotion-based rash action, with the goal of better understanding mechanisms contributing to risk in order to identify prime intervention targets. In addition to other research in this areaI have begun to examine neurocognitive mechanisms that relate to urgency. Although reviews of the literature show little overlap between urgency and behavioral neurocognitive tasks, there have been too few studies to date to establish this fact. Our initial work suggests urgency is only related to neurocognitive performance (e.g., attentional biases as measured through eye tracking) when assessed during mood states. Additionally, although work using self-reporting of mood has suggested no relationship between urgency and the experience of more extreme or labile emotions, data assessed via functional magnetic resonance imaging has suggested the negative urgency is related to increased activation in limbic regions (the left amygdala and right orbitofrontal cortex) in response to negatively valenced images, suggesting that urgency is associated with hyperactivity in limbic regions when exposed to emotional stimuli. Additionally, our work suggests that urgency is associated with hyperactivity in reward regions (ventromedial prefrontal cortex) when presented with alcohol reward cues. Importantly, the relationship between this hyperactivity and self-reported risk taking is mediated by negative urgency, suggesting that physiological hyperreactivity to emotional and reward stimuli is related to risk taking by increasing the tendency toward rash action in negative emotional states. Positive urgency has, to date, been largely unrelated to physiological reactivity to emotion or reward cues in our data.

Publications & Professional Activities

  1. Um, M., Hershberger, A.R., & Cyders, M.A. (in press). The relationship among depressive symptoms, urgency, and problematic alcohol and cannabis use in community adults. Addictive Behaviors.


  1. Ramchandani, V.A., Stangl, B.L., Blaine, S.K., Plawecki, M.H., Schwandt, M.L., Kwako, L.E., Sinha, R., Cyders, M.A., O'Connor, S., & Zakhari, S. (in press). Stress vulnerability and alcohol use and consequences: From human laboratory studies to clinical outcomes. Alcohol. Manuscript in press.


  1. Um, M., Hershberger, A.R., Whitt, Z.T., Cyders, M.A. (in press). Moving from diagnosis to treatment: Applying the UPPS-P Model of Impulsive Personality to diagnosis and treatment. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation.


  1. Hershberger, A.R., Sanders, J.M., Chick, C., Jessup, M., Hanlin, H., & Cyders, M.A. (in press). Predicting running away in girls that are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Child abuse and neglect.


  1. Hawkins, M.A.W., Vrany, E.A., Cyders, M.A., Wells, T.T., & Stewart, J.C. (in press). Association between depressive symptom clusters and food attentional bias. Eating Behaviors.


  1. Dir, A.L., Riley, E., Smith, G.T., & Cyders, M.A. (in press). Problematic Alcohol use and Sexting as Risk Factors for Sexual Assault among College Women. Journal of American College Health. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1432622


  1. Sanders, J., Hershberger, A.R., Kolp, H.M., Um, M., Aalsma, M., & Cyders, M.A. (in press). PTSD symptoms mediate the relationship between sexual abuse and substance use risk in juvenile justice involved youth. Child Maltreatment.


  1. Kolp, H.M., Hershberger, A.R., Sanders, J.N., Um, M., Aalsma, M., & Cyders, M.A. (2017). Conduct disorder and illicit drug use in juvenile justice involved youth: The reciprocal relationship between positive illicit drug use attitudes and illicit drug use. Substance Use and Misuse, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1402058           


  1. Hershberger, A.R., Um, M., & Cyders, M.A. (in press). The relationship between the UPPS-P impulsive personality traits and substance use psychotherapy outcomes: A meta-analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 178, 408 - 416. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.05.032


  1. Hershberger, A. R., Connors, M. Um, M., & Cyders, M. A. (2017). The theory of planned behavior and e-cig use: Sensation seeking, e-cig attitudes, and e-cig use. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1 - 11. doi: 10.1007/s114


  1. Agryriou, E., Um, M., & Cyders, M.A. (in press). Age and impulsive decision making in drug addiction: A review of past research and future directions. Invited manuscript in press at Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2017.07.013


  1. Hershberger, A.R., & Cyders, M.A. (2017). "Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful: A preliminary conceptual model for co-occurring e-cig and alcohol use. Current Addiction Reports, 4, 200 - 208. doi:10.1007/s40429-017-0148-9


  1. Sanders, J., Hershberger, A. R., Cyders, M. A. (in press). The UPPS-P Model of Impulsive Behavior: Definition, Development, and Application. Invited chapter in press in V. Zeigler-Hill and T.K. Shackelford (Eds), The Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2131-1.


  1. Um, M., & Cyders, M. A. (in press). Positive emotion-based impulsivity as a transdiagnostic endophenotype. Invited chapter in press in J. Gruber (Ed), Oxford Handbook of Positive Emotion and Psychopathology.


  1. Cyders, M. A., Coskunpinar, A., VanderVeen, J. D. (2016). Urgency - a common transdiagnostic endophenotype for maladaptive risk-taking. Chapter in V. Zeigler-Hill & D. Marcus (Eds.), The Dark Side of Personality. American Psychological Association.


  1. Hershberger, A. R., Karyadi, K. A., VanderVeen, J. D., & Cyders, M. A. (2017). Beliefs about the direct comparisons of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. Substance Use and Misuse, 52, 1-10. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1268628


  1. Karyadi, K.A., & Cyders, M.A. (2017). Preliminary support for the role of alcohol cues in food cravings and attentional biases. Journal of Health Psychology, 1359105316685898.


  1. VanderVeen, J. D., Schultz, N. J., & Cyders, M.A. (in press). Tennis Performance and Urgency: A Two-Part Pilot Study. Athletic Insights.


  1. VanderVeen, J. D., Hershberger, A. R., & Cyders, M. A. (2016). UPPS-P model impulsivity and marijuana use behaviors in adolescents: A Meta-analytic review. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 168, 181-190. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.09.016


  1. VanderVeen, J. D., Plawecki, M. H., Millward, J. B., Hays, J., Kareken, D. A., O'Connor, S., & Cyders, M. A. (2016). Negative urgency, mood induction, and alcohol seeking behaviors. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 165,151-158. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.05.026. PMCID: PMC5045899


  1. Hershberger, A. R., Karyadi, K. A., & Cyders, M. A. (2016). Prohibition of e-cigarettes where alcohol is consumed is related to lower alcohol consumption. Journal of Public Health Policy. doi:10.1057/s41271-016-0033-0


  1. Hershberger, A. R., VanderVeen, J. D., Karyadi, K. A., & Cyders, M. A. (2016). Transitioning from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes increases alcohol consumption. Substance use and Misuse. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1197940


  1. Fossati, A., Somma, A., Karyadi, K. A., Cyders, M. A., & Borroni, S. (2016). Reliability and validity of the Italian translation of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale in a sample of consecutively admitted psychotherapy patients. Personality and Individual Differences, 91, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.11.020


  1. Cyders, M. A., VanderVeen, J. D., Plawecki, M., Millward, J. B., Hays, J., Kareken, D. A., & O'Connor, S. (2016). Gender specific effects of mood on alcohol seeking behaviors. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, 393-400. doi: 10.1111/acer.12955. PMC Journal: PMCID in progress.


  1. Cyders, M. A., Dzemidzic, M., Eiler, W. J., & Kareken, K. A. (2016). An fMRI study of responses to sexual stimuli as a function of gender and sensation seeking: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Sex Research. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2015.1112340. PMCID: PMC4911536


  1. Smith, G. T., & Cyders, M. A. (2016). Integrating affect and impulsivity: The role of positive and negative urgency in substance use risk. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 163, S3-S12. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.08.038


  1. Hershberger, A. R., Karyadi, K. A., VanderVeen, J. D., & Cyders, M. A. (2016). Combined expectancies of co-occurring e-cigarette and alcohol use and problematic alcohol consumption across smoking status. Addictive Behaviors, 51, 13-21.


  1. Hulvershorn, L. A., Hummer, T., Funakaga, R., Finn, P., Leibenluft, E., Anand, A., Overhange, L., Wang, Y., Dir, A. L., Cyders, M. A., & Brown, J. (2015). Neural activation during risky decision-making in youth at high risk for the development of substance use disorders. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.


  1. Cyders, M. A. (2015). The Misnomer of impulsivity: Commentary on "choice impulsivity" and "rapid-response impulsivity" articles by Hamilton and colleagues. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 204.


  1. Pilatti, A. M., Lozano, O., & Cyders, M. A. (2015). Psychometric Properties of the Spanish Version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale in an Argentinean sample: A Rasch Rating Scale Analysis and Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Psychological Assessment, 27, e10.


  1. Karyadi, K. A., & Cyders, M. A. (2015). Elucidating the association between trait mindfulness and alcohol use behaviors among college students. Mindfulness, 1-8. doi: 10.1007/s12671-015-0386-7


  1. Dir, A. L., Coskunpinar, A., & Cyders, M. A. (2014). A meta-analytic review of the relationship between adolescent risky sexual behavior and impulsivity across gender, age, and race. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 551 - 562. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2014.08.004


  1. Karyadi, K. A., Vanderveen, J. D., & Cyders, M. A. (2014). A Meta-analysis of the relationship between trait mindfulness and substance use behaviors. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 143, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.07.014. PMCID: PMC4263033


  1. Dir, A. L., & Cyders, M. A. (2014). Risks, Risk Factors, and Outcomes Associated with Phone and Internet Sexting among University Students in the United States. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-10. doi:10.1007/s10508-014-0370-7


  1. Cyders, M. A., Dzemidzic, M., Eiler, W. J. A., Coskunpinar, A., Karyadi, K., & Kareken, D. A. (2015). Negative urgency mediates the relationship between amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex activation to negative emotional stimuli and general risk-taking. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 4094 - 4102. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu123. PMCID: PMC3946804.


  1. Eiler, W. J. A., Dzemidzic, M., Case, K. R., Armstrong, C. L. H., Mattes, R. D., Cyders, M. A., Considine, R. V., Kareken, D. A. (2014). Ventral frontal satiation-mediated responses to food aromas in normal weight and obese women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 99.6, 1309 - 1318. doi:10.3945/ajcn.113.080788. PMCID: PMC4021781     


  1. Cyders, M. A., Littlefield, A. K., Coffey, S., & Karyadi, K. A. (2014). Examination of a short English version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale.  Addictive Behaviors, 39, 1372 - 1376. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.02.013. PMCID: PMC4055534


  1. Cyders, M. A. (2013). Positive urgency and negative outcomes: The dispositional tendency toward rash action during positive emotional states. In J. Gruber & J. Moskowitz (Eds.), Light and Dark Side of Positive Emotion (pp. 382-405). Oxford University Press.


  1. Reid, R. C., Cyders, M. A., Moghaddam, J. F., & Fong, T. W. (2013). Psychometric properties of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale in patients with gambling disorders, hypersexuality, and methamphetamine dependence. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 1640 - 1645. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.11.008


  1. Cyders, M. A., Dzemidzic, M., Eiler, W. J. A., Coskunpinar, A., Karyadi, K., & Kareken, D. A. (2013). Negative urgency and ventromedial prefrontal cortex responses to alcohol cues: fMRI evidence of          emotion-based impulsivity. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 409 - 417. doi:10.1111/acer.12266. PMCID: PMC4055534


  1. Coskunpinar, A., Dir, A. L., Karyadi, K. A., Koo, C.S., & Cyders, M. A. (2013). Mechanisms underlying the relationship between negative affectivity and problematic alcohol use. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4, 263-278. doi:10.5127/jep.029612


  1. Coskunpinar, A., & Cyders, M. A. (2013). Impulsivity and substance-related attentional bias: A meta-analytic review. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 133, 1 - 14. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.05.008


  1. Dir, A. L., Coskunpinar, A., Steiner, J. L., & Cyders, M. A. (2013). Understanding difference in sexting behaviors across gender, relationship status, and sexual identity and the role of socially learned sexting expectancies in sexting. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16, 568 - 574. doi:10.1089/cyber.2012.0545


  1. Coskunpinar, A., Dir, A. L., & Cyders, M. A. (2013). Multidimensionality of impulsivity and alcohol use: A Meta-analysis using the UPPS-P model of impulsivity. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37, 1441 - 1450. doi:10.1111/acer.12131. PMCID: PMC3732812


  1. Dir, A. L., Karyadi, K., & Cyders, M. A. (2013). The uniqueness of negative urgency as a common risk factor for self-harm behaviors, alcohol consumption, and eating problems. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2158 - 2162. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.01.025


  1. Dir, A. L., Cyders, M. A., & Coskunpinar, A. (2013). From the bar to the bed via mobile phone: A First test of the role of problematic alcohol use, sexting, and impulsivity-related traits for sexual hookups. Computers and Human Behavior, 29, 1664 - 1670. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.01.039


  1. Karyadi, K., Coskunpinar, A., Dir, A. L., & Cyders, M. A. (2013). The Interactive effects of affect lability, urgency, and sensation seeking on young adult problematic drinking. Journal of Addiction, 2013, 1 - 7. doi:10.1155/2013/636854


  1. Cyders, M. A. (2013). Impulsivity and the sexes: Measurement and construct invariance of the UPPS-P impulsivity scale. Assessment, 20, 86 - 97. doi:10.1177/1073191111428762


  1. Spillane, N. S., Cyders, M. A., & Maurelli, K. (2012). Negative urgency, negative alcohol expectancies, and problem drinking in a First Nation Community: A moderated-mediation model. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 1285 - 1288. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.06.007


  1. Coskunpinar, A., & Cyders, M. A. (2012). Mediation-moderation analysis of problematic alcohol use: The roles of urgency, drinking motives, and risk/benefit perception. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 880 - 883. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.03.014


  1. Settles, R., Fischer, S., Cyders, M. A., Combs, J., Gunn, R., & Smith, G. T. (2012).  Negative urgency: A             Personality predictor of externalizing behavior characterized by neuroticism, low conscientiousness, and disagreeableness. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 160 - 172.  doi:10.1037/a0024948


  1. Cyders, M. A., & Coskunpinar, A. (2012). The relationship between self-report and lab task conceptualizations of impulsivity. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 121 - 124. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2011.11.005


  1. Cyders, M. A. & Coskunpinar, A. (2011). Depression, impulsivity, and health-related disability: a moderated mediation analysis. Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 679 - 682. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2011.08.005


  1. Cyders, M .A. & Coskunpinar, A. (2011). Measurement of constructs using self-report and behavioral    lab tasks: Is there overlap in nomothetic span and construct representation for impulsivity? Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 965 - 982. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2011.06.001


  1. Cyders, M. A., Burris, J., & Carlson, C. R. (2010). Disaggregating the relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptom clusters and chronic orofacial pain. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 1-12. doi:10.1007/s12160-010-9221-5


  1. Cyders, M. A., Zapolski, T. B., Combs, J., Settles, R., Fillmore, M., & Smith, G. T. (2010). Experimental effect of positive urgency on negative outcomes from risk taking and on increased alcohol consumption. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 367- 375. doi:10.1037/a0019494. PMCID: PMC3050561


  1. Settles, R. F., Cyders M. A., & Smith, G. T. (2010). Longitudinal validation of the acquired preparedness model of drinking risk. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 198-208. doi:10.1037/a0017631. PMCID: PMC2891564


  1. Cyders, M. A., & Coskunpinar, A. (2010). Is urgency emotionality? Separating urgent behaviors from temporal aspects of emotional experiences. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 839-844. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.02.009. PMCID: PMC2877268


  1. Zapolski, T. C. B., Settles, R. F., Cyders, M. A., & Smith, G. T. (2010). Borderline Personality Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Antisocial Personality Disorder, ADHD, Substance Use: Common Threads, Common Treatment Needs, and the Nature of Impulsivity. The Independent Practitioner, 30, 20-      23. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/


  1. Cyders, M. A., & Smith, G. T. (2010). Longitudinal validation of the urgency traits over the first year of college. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 63-69. doi:10.1080/00223890903381825.     PMCID: PMC2834477


  1. Cyders, M. A., Tang, C., Rosenberg, J. & Roth, R. (2010). Posttraumatic stress disorder as the primary cause of disability in chronic pain patients: A case study. AAPM&R Case of the Month, Pain Case #11, February 2010. Retrieved from: http://www.learningace.com/doc/3101604/e789cd17eb9e98c99c4b4d294ec5aa79/...


  1. Burris, J.*, Cyders, M. A.*, & de Leeuw, R., Smith, G. T., Carlson, C. R. (2009). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptoms and chronic orofacial pain: An empirical investigation of the mutual maintenance model. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 23, 243-252. *Note: first authorship is shared equally between J Burris and MA Cyders.


  1. Zapolski, T. C. B., Cyders, M. A., & Smith, G. T. (2009). Positive urgency predicts illegal drug use and risky sexual behavior. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 348-354. doi:10.1037/a0014684. PMCID: PMC2709762


  1. Cyders, M. A., Flory, K., Rainer, S., & Smith, G. T. (2009). The role of personality dispositions to risky behavior in predicting first year college drinking. Addiction, 104, 193-202.

 doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02434.x. PMCID: PMC2653206


  1. Fischer, S., Smith, G. T., & Cyders, M. A. (2008). Another look at impulsivity: A meta-analytic review of types of impulsivity and bulimic symptoms. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 1413-1425. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2008.09.001. PMCID: PMC2677964


  1. Cyders, M. A., & Smith, G. T. (2008). Emotion-based dispositions to rash action: Positive and negative urgency. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 807-828. doi:10.1037/a0013341. PMCID: PMC2705930


  1. Cyders, M.A., & Smith, G. T. (2008). Clarifying the role of personality dispositions in risk for increased gambling behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 503-508. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2008.06.002


  1. Smith, G. T., Fischer, S., Cyders, M. A., Annus, A. M., Spillane, N. S., & McCarthy, D. M. (2007). On   the validity of discriminating among impulsivity-like traits. Assessment, 14, 155-170. doi:10.1177/1073191106295527


  1. Cyders, M. A., & Smith, G.T. (2007). Mood-based rash action and its components: Positive and negative urgency. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 839-850. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2007.02.008


  1. Cyders, M. A., Smith, G. T., Spillane, N. S., Fischer, S., Annus, A. M., & Peterson, C. (2007). Integration of impulsivity and positive mood to predict risky behavior: Development and validation of a measure of positive urgency. Psychological Assessment, 19, 107-118. doi:10.1037/1040-3590.19.1.107


  1. Smith, G.T., Williams, S. F., Cyders, M. A., & Kelley, S. (2006). Reactive personality-environment transactions and adult developmental trajectories. Developmental Psychology, 42, 877-887. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.42.5.877


  1. Smith, G. T., Cyders, M.A., Fischer, S., & Simmons, J. (2004). Integrating dispositional and psychosocial learning risk factors for bulimia nervosa. Invited paper: Revista de Psicologia Conductual: Revista Internacional de Psicologia Clinica y de la Salud (Journal of Behavioral Psychology: International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology), 12, 463-489.


Current Graduate Students:

Previous Students:

  • Davis Vanderveen, Ph.D. 2018. Dr. Vanderveen is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.
  • Allyson Dir, Ph.D. 2017. Dr. Dir is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Kenny Karyadi, Ph.D. 2016. Dr. Karyadi is currently a post-doctoral fellow in neuropsychology at Patton State Hospital.
  • Ayca Coskunpinar-Byerley, Ph.D. 2015. Dr. Byerley is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with Neuropsychology Associates, Indianapolis, Indiana.