Maggs-Jennifer

Jennifer Maggs

Professor, HDFS

208 HHD Building
814-865-2028
jlm73@psu.edu

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Biography

Jennifer Maggs was attracted to prevention research because she felt that the understanding of human development could be applied to improve lives. For over 20 years, Jennifer has researched areas such as alcohol use and health from childhood through midlife, with a specific emphasis on the transition to adulthood. As a lifespan developmental psychologist, she focuses on predictors and consequences of normative and problematic alcohol use. Jennifer hopes that through her work, she will be able to better understand the links between alcohol and well-being in ways that impact population health for children, adolescents and adults.

Jennifer has incorporated her love for travel into her work as a visiting scientist in Germany and later a visiting scholar in London, where she continues to conduct research using three national British cohort studies with colleagues at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL-Institute of Education. During her career, Jennifer has authored 93 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her favorite aspects of working in the Center are the people and their commitment to using rigorous science to improve people’s lives. 

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Recent Publications

Links with health and well-being in the long-term National Child Development Study.

Staff, J., & Maggs, J. L. (2017). Alcohol and cigarette use from ages 23 to 55: Links with health and well-being in the long-term National Child Development Study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78.

No benefit of light to moderate drinking for mortality from coronary heart disease when better comparison groups and controls included: A commentary on Zhao et al.

Maggs, J. L., & Staff, J. (2017). No benefit of light to moderate drinking for mortality from coronary heart disease when better comparison groups and controls included: A commentary on Zhao et al. (2017). Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78.

Academic time during college: Associations with mood, tiredness, and binge drinking across days and semesters

Greene, K. M., & Maggs, J. L. (2017). Academic time during college: Associations with mood, tiredness, and binge drinking across days and semesters. Journal of Adolescence, 56, 24–33.

Childhood cigarette and alcohol use: Negative links with adjustment

Staff, J., Maggs, J. L., Cundiff, K., & Evans-Polce, R. J. (2016). Childhood cigarette and alcohol use: Negative links with adjustment. Addictive behaviors, 62, 122-128. doi: 03064603

College students perceptions of the links between alcohol use and sexual experiences

Lefkowitz, E. S., Waterman, E., Morgan, N. R., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). College students perceptions of the links between alcohol use and sexual experiences. Emerging Adulthood, 4, 272-283.

Energy drinks and binge drinking predict college students' sleep quantity, quality, and tiredness

Patrick, M. E., Griffin, J., Huntley, E. D., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Energy drinks and binge drinking predict college students' sleep quantity, quality, and tiredness. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 114. doi: 15402002

Heterogeneity of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use behaviors in US college students: A latent class analysis

Evans-Polce, R., Lanza, S. T., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Heterogeneity of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use behaviors in US college students: A latent class analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 80-85.

mLinking peer relationships to substance use across adolescence

Rulison, K. L., Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Linking peer relationships to substance use across adolescence. In S. Brown & R. Zucker (Eds.), Oxford handbook of adolescent substance abuse. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Profiles of college drinkers defined by alcohol behaviors at the week level: Replication across semesters and prospective associations with hazardous drinking and dependence-related symptoms

Fairlie, A. M., Maggs, J. L., & Lanza, S. T. (2016). Profiles of college drinkers defined by alcohol behaviors at the week level: Replication across semesters and prospective associations with hazardous drinking and dependence-related symptoms. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(1), 38-50. doi: 19371888

Substance use and peers during adolescence and the transition to adulthood: Selection, socialization, and development

Patrick, M. E., Schulenberg, J. E., Maslowsky, J., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Substance use and peers during adolescence and the transition to adulthood: Selection, socialization, and development. In K. Sher (Ed.), Oxford handbook of substance use disorders, Vol. 1. New York: Oxford University Press

Understanding sibling influence on adolescents' alcohol use: Social and cognitive pathways

Whiteman, S. D., Jensen, A. C., Mustillo, S. A., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). Understanding sibling influence on adolescents' alcohol use: Social and cognitive pathways. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 16. doi: 03064603