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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Alexander Spradlin

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Washington State University

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 314
Phone: (509) 335-1592

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 105: Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology 311: Elementary Statistics in Psychology
  • Psychology 312: Experimental Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology 321: Introduction to Personality
  • Psychology 350: Social Psychology
  • Psychology 470: Motivation

Research Interests

  • Cannabis, stress, and coping
  • Interpersonal relationships and technology
  • Empathy and prosocial behavior

I have two main areas of research interest. First, I study the use of cannabis for stress-management, including the short- and long-term viability of such practices. I am specifically interested in the interactions between using cannabis to cope with stress and other coping strategies (or lack thereof). Second, since I was an undergraduate student, I have been particularly interested in the consequences of technology use for social relationships. My recent research in this area has focused on how using social networking sites (e.g., Facebook) increases time spent engaging face-to-face with others and which interpersonal variables (e.g., anxious attachment, extraversion) are involved in this process.


Recent Publications

Spradlin, A., Mauzay, D., & Cuttler, C. (in press). A response to the commentary by Storch and Kay: Gaps in knowledge on the treatment of cannabis users with OCD. Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.07.029

Spradlin, A., Cuttler, C., Bunce, J. P., & Carrier, L. M. (in press). #Connected: Facebook may facilitate face-to-face relationships for introverts. Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Nusbaum, A. T., Whitney, P., Hinson, J., & McLaughlin, R. J. (2017). Blunted stress reactivity in chronic cannabis users. Psychopharmacology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00213-017-4648-z

Cuttler, C., & Spradlin, A. (2017). Measuring cannabis consumption: Development and validation of the Daily Sessions, Frequency, Age of Onset, and Quantity of Cannabis Use Inventory (DFAQ-CU). PLoS ONE, 2(5): e0178194. doi: 1 0.1371/journal.pone.0178194

 Spradlin, A., Mauzay, D., & Cuttler, C. (2017). Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder predict cannabis misuse. Addictive Behaviors, 72, 159-164. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.03.023

Mauzay, D., Spradlin, A., & Cuttler, C. (2016). Devils, witches, and psychics: The role of thought-action fusion in the relationships between obsessive-compulsive features, religiosity, and paranormal beliefs. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 11, 113-120. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2016.10.003


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