Center Research Faculty

Kimberly Mallett
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Washington

Clinical Director, Alcohol and Skin Cancer Projects; Research Associate Professor, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development

Program Areas: Emerging Adulthood

Contact Information

210 Biobehavioral Health Building


Phone: (814) 865-5041

Research Interests


Developing and evaluating interventions aimed at reducing high-risk drinking and related consequences among college students; prevention of skin cancer among high-risk populations; enhancing communication between physicians and patients and the impact of doing so on behavior change among patients


Examples of Current Prevention Projects 

Parent-based Interventions to Prevent Student Drinking

(Project ACT, the ENALC Project, Project PACT)

Start Date: 1999

Funder: NIAAA

The present study is the further development of a program of research designed to reduce the onset and extent of drinking and contribute to the changing campus norms through implementation of efficacious Parent-Based Interventions (PBIs) based on the work of Turrisi and colleagues (1999; 2000; 2001). The focus is on influencing drinking behavior of the students through an intervention with their parents during their first year of college. The conversations will take place in one of three conditions; (1) prior to college matriculation during the transition period between high school and college (PCM), (2) Prior to college matriculation and then throughout the fall semester resulting from booster parent "check-ins" (PCMB), or (3) after college matriculation during the fall of the first semester at college (AMC).

Enhancing Patient Communication among Dermatologists

(Project Options)

Start Date: 2009

Funder: National Cancer Institute

The objective of this etiological research is to train MDs to deliver a BNI intervention to their patients in the context of a routine office visit. The primary aim of the study is to fully develop a sustainable BNI training program focused on UVL risk and protective behaviors for MDs and evaluate whether MDs can be trained to deliver the BNI to patients with fidelity.

Longitudinal and Person-centered Study of College Alcohol Consequences (Project Achieve)

Start Date: 2012

Funder: NIAAA

Project Achieve has been designed to gain a better understanding of how consequence-specific constructs, such as willingness to experience and intention to avoid a consequence, influence experiencing alcohol-related consequences in undergraduate students who consume alcohol. It implements both a short-term (1 year) and long-term (over 4 years) longitudinal design to examine factors such as contextual changings (e.g., moving from on-campus to off-campus housing; turning 21) that may affect student endorsement of alcohol consumption. Additionally, subgroups of students who are at higher risk for experiencing consequences and developing chronic alcohol use patterns are examined, as well as optimal ways to target them with intervention efforts.

Recent Publications 

Selected Publications—Alcohol

Mallett, K. A., Marzell, M., & Turrisi, R. (2011). Is reducing drinking always the answer to reducing consequences in first year college students? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 240–246.

Mallett, K. A., Varvil-Weld, L., Turrisi, R., & Read, A. (2011). An examination of college students’ willingness to experience consequences as a unique predictor of alcohol problems. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 41–47.

Mallett, K. A., Marzell, M., Varvil-Weld, L., Turrisi, R., Guttman, K. & Abar. C. (2011). One-time or repeat offenders? An examination of the patterns of alcohol-related consequences experienced by college students across the freshman year. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 508–511.

Mallett, K. A., Varvil-Weld, L., Borsari, B., Read, J.P., Neighbors, C., & White, H. R. (2012). An update of research examining college sudent alcohol-related consequences: New perspectives and implications for interventions. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, In press.

Mallett, K. A., Marzell, M., Scaglione, N., Hultgren, B., & Turrisi, R. (2012). Are all alcohol and energy drink users the same? Examining Individuals variation in relation to AEC use, risky drinking and consequences. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, In press.

Turrisi, R., Mallett, K. A., Cleveland, M., Varvil-Weld, L., Abar, C., Scaglione, N. & Hultgren, B. (2013). An evaluation of timing and dosage of a parent based intervention to minimize college students’ alcohol consumption. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 30–40.

Selected Publications—Skin Cancer

Mallett, K. A., Robinson, J. K., & Turrisi, R. (2008). Enhancing patient motivation to reduce UV risk behaviors: Assessing the interest and willingness of dermatologists to try a different approach. Archives of Dermatology, 144, 265–266.

Robinson, J, Mallett, K., Turrisi, R., Stapleton, J. (2009). Engaging the patient and their partner in preventive health behaviors: The physician factor. Archives of Dermatology, 145, 469–473.

Robinson, J. K., & Mallett, K. A. (2009). The duty to inspect the skin and counsel those at risk to develop melanoma. JAMA, 301, 1702–1704.

Mallett, K. A., Turrisi, R., Guttman, K., Read, A., Billingsley, E., & Robinson, J. (2011). Assessing dermatologists’ ability to deliver a novel intervention to improve patients’ use of sun protection: The ABC method of physician-patient communication. Archives of Dermatology, 147, 1451–1453.

Mallett, K. A., Turrisi, R., Billingsley, E., Comer, C. D., Read, A., Varvil-Weld, L., Gaber, R., Favero, S., Guttman, K., & Robinson, J. (2012). Enhancing patients’ satisfaction and sun protective behaviors using the ABC method of physician-patient communication. Archives of Dermatology, 148, 1087–1089.