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PROFILE — Kasey Creswell
Click to Enlarge Photo . . . Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Area: Social/Personality/Health

Contact information:
Psychology office: 254J Baker Hall
Psychology phone: 412-268-2792
Lab link: Behavioral Health Research Lab

Research Interests:

I am broadly interested in understanding the social, emotional, and genetic aspects of addictive behaviors. My current research focuses on uncovering basic affective mechanisms of cigarette craving and alcohol use, emphasizes the importance of social mechanisms in the etiology of alcohol and tobacco use disorders, and considers the role of gene by environment (G x E) interactions in predicting alcohol use and misuse. I use experimental methodologies, including in vivo smoking cue exposure paradigms and alcohol administration protocols, which allow precise observations of social and emotional processing under conditions modeling real-world contexts that challenge successful self-regulation (e.g., while participants are intoxicated or experiencing strong cravings). Ultimately, my research aims to specify the mechanisms by which individuals fail to self-regulate and to identify individuals at risk to develop addiction. This information not only can inform the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, but it also offers insights into fundamental aspects of human emotion and social functioning.


Creswell, K.G., Chung, T., Clark, D.B., & Martin, C.S. (in press). Solitary Alcohol Use in Teens is Associated with Drinking in Response to Negative Affect and Predicts Alcohol Problems in Young Adulthood. Clinical Psychological Science.

Fairbairn, C.E., Sayette, M.A., Levine, J.M., Cohn, J.F., & Creswell, K.G. (2013). The impact of alcohol on the emotional displays of white members of interracial groups. Emotion, 13, 468-477.

Creswell, K.G, Sayette, M.A., Manuck, S.B., Ferrell, R.E., Hill, S.Y., & Dimoff, J.D. (2012). DRD4 polymorphism moderates the effect of alcohol consumption on social bonding. PLoS ONE, 7(2), e29814, 1-9.

Sayette, M.A., Creswell, K.G., Dimoff, J.D., Fairbairn, C.E., Cohn, J.F., Heckman, B.W., Kirchner, T.R., Levine, J.M., & Moreland, R.L. (2012). Alcohol and group formation: A multimodal investigation of the effects of alcohol on emotion and social bonding. Psychological Science, doi:10.1177/0956797611435134.

Wilson, S.J., Creswell, K.G., Sayette, M.A., & Fiez, J.A. (2012). Ambivalence about smoking and cue-elicited neural activity in quitting-motivated smokers faced with an opportunity to smoke. Addictive Behaviors, doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.03.020.

Sayette, M.A. & Griffin, K.M. (2010). Self-Regulatory Failure and Addiction. In R.F. Baumeister and K.D. Vohs (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications. (2nd Edition). New York: Guilford Press.

Griffin, K. M. & Sayette, M. A. (2008). Facial reactions to smoking cues relate to ambivalence about smoking. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22(4), 551-556.

*please note that my surname changed from Griffin to Creswell


Assistants to Dr. Creswell:

Laura Pacilio
Katie Griswold

Related Links:

  • Curriculum Vitae (docx file)