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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Benjamin Ladd

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2013

Contact Information

Office: VCLS 208P
Phone: (360) 546-9723

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Classes Taught

  • Psychology 328: Self Control
  • Psychology 311: Elementary Statistics in Psychology
  • Psychology 301: Seminar in Psychology: Alcoholism

Research Interests

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Prevention
  • Mechanisms of Behavior Change
  • Alcohol Use and Social Support/Context

My various research interests focus on improving prevention and early intervention techniques for promoting and motivating health behavior change. Specifically, I am interested in process research with the goal of better understanding and identifying effective elements of therapeutic interventions, particularly Motivational Interviewing, in order to reduce the impact of substance abuse and problems. Additionally, I am interested in the role of social networks on the development and resolution of alcohol and drug problems.

Dr. Ladd will be recruiting a graduate student for Fall 2019 admission to the Experimental Psychology PhD Program.

Recent Publications:

Ladd, B.O. Tomlinson, K., Myers, M.G. & Anderson, K.G. (2015). Feasibility and reliability of a coding system to capture in-session group behavior in adolescents. Prevention Science.

Ladd, B.O. & McCrady, B.S. (2015). Typology of couples entering Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy: An empirical approach and test of predictive validity on treatment response. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Robinson, J.M., Ladd, B.O., Anderson, K.G. (2014). When you see it, let it be: Urgency, mindfulness and adolescent substance use. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 1038-1041


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